Andy Johns

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Andy Johns
Birth name Jeremy Andrew Johns
Born (1950-05-20)20 May 1950
Died 7 April 2013(2013-04-07) (aged 62)
Los Angeles
Genres Rock
Occupations Record producer, sound engineer
Years active 1960s–2013

Jeremy Andrew "Andy" Johns (20 May 1950 – 7 April 2013) was a British sound engineer and record producer, who worked on numerous well-known rock albums such as Led Zeppelin's IV and The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street.[1][2] His sound is exemplified by Free's album Highway, which he engineered and produced.[3][4][5]


Johns, the younger brother of Olympic Studios engineer Glyn Johns, attended The King's School, Gloucester, England in the mid to late 1960s. Before his nineteenth birthday, he was working as Eddie Kramer's second engineer on recordings by Jimi Hendrix and many others. In a career spanning more than forty years, he engineered or produced records by artists ranging from Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to Van Halen and Rod Stewart, whose sales total in excess of 160 million copies.[6]

Johns was the father of Hurt's former drummer, Evan Johns and rock singer/guitarist Will Johns, and uncle of producer Ethan Johns (son of Glyn Johns).

Johns died on 7 April 2013, after a short stay in a Los Angeles hospital being treated for complications from a stomach ulcer. He was 62. Johns is survived by his wife Anet; sons Evan, Jesse and William; grandchildren Lennon, Everly, Charlie and Luca; sister Susan Johns; and brother Glyn Johns.[7]


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  1. ^ "Exclusive Interview Legendary Engineer Andy Johns Talks Exile on Main Street". GuitarPlayer. 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Engineer Andy Johns Discusses the making of The Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street | Goldmine Magazine". 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  3. ^ "Legendary Engineer Andy Johns Looks Back at His Work with Free". 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  4. ^ "The Mixing Engineer's Handbook - Andy Johns Interview". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Led Zepplelin: The 'Tight But Loose' Files; Celebration 2 - Dave Lewis - Google Boeken". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  6. ^ "Andy Johns Interview: The Man Behind the Sound of Rock n Roll : Guitar Interviews". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  7. ^ "LED ZEPPELIN, VAN HALEN PRODUCER ANDY JOHNS DIES". AP. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Joel Selvin (2009-05-10). "Guitarist Satriani joins Hagar for Chickenfoot fun". SFGate. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 

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