Glyn Johns

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Not to be confused with Glynis Johns.
Glyn Johns
Birth name Glyn Thomas Johns
Born (1942-02-15) 15 February 1942 (age 72)
Origin Epsom, Surrey, England
Genres Rock
Occupations Producer, engineer, musician
Associated acts Various artists

Glyn Thomas Johns (born 15 February 1942, Epsom, Surrey)[1][2] is an English musician, recording engineer and record producer.[3]

Career[edit]

Johns has worked with such artists as Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Easybeats, The Band, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Clash, The Steve Miller Band, Small Faces, Spooky Tooth, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Blue Öyster Cult, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Midnight Oil, New Model Army, Belly, Joe Satriani, Ronnie Lane, Rod Stewart with Faces, Joan Armatrading, Buckacre, Gallagher and Lyle, Georgie Fame, Family, Helen Watson, Fairport Convention, Humble Pie, and many others.[4]

In the 1960s, while associated with the UK rock band The Presidents (band), Johns began working as a recording studio engineer at IBC Studios, Portland Place, London and was able to take the band in during weekends and try his skills at production and recording. The Presidents was his first true production work. In 1969, Johns was called upon to rescue the troublesome Get Back sessions for The Beatles.[5] Johns compiled several versions of the album, which were all rejected by the band, before the project was eventually turned over to producer Phil Spector. Spector's version became the released album, which was retitled Let It Be.

Johns' subsequent work on the first three albums by the Eagles was fundamental in establishing the group's sound and style. He also mixed a 5.1 SACD version of the Eric Clapton album Slowhand at Sphere Studios.

In 1971, he recorded and mixed The Who's Who's Next. His influence on The Faces' 1972 album A Nod Is as Good as a Wink... to a Blind Horse, which he co-produced with the band, can be gauged from the message that follows the credits: 'Thank you Glyn, you made all the difference'. Johns' output slowed down in the mid 1980s, although he undertook work with Midnight Oil, Nanci Griffith, and Belly.[6]

In 2011, after a couple of decades spent largely away from production, Johns worked with Ryan Adams on his album, Ashes & Fire.[7] In February 2012, Johns began work on the Band of Horses album, Mirage Rock.[8] In a nod to Johns' work with the Faces, the credits contain the note: "Thanks to difference, you made all the Glyn."

On 14 April 2012, Johns was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, honoured for musical excellence.[9]

Johns has written about book about his life titled Sound Man to be published by Blue Rider Press on November 13, 2014.[10]

Biography[edit]

He is the father of Ethan Johns and the older brother of Andy Johns and uncle to Will Johns. Ethan has worked with Ryan Adams, Paul McCartney, Laura Marling, Ray LaMontagne and Kings of Leon, while Andy has worked with The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, either on his own or under the tutelage of Eddie Kramer.

Produced albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Search general register office (GRO)birth records 1761-2006 | Fully indexed birth records. Findmypast.co.uk. Retrieved on 2013-04-08.
  2. ^ Glyn Thomas Johns - free company director check. Director id 900932745 - Companies House Information. Company-director-check.co.uk (18 May 1991). Retrieved on 2013-04-08.
  3. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Glyn Johns". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Ankeny, Jason (15 February 1942). "Glyn Johns - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  5. ^ "THE SOURCE - "Get Back" - The Glyn John's Compilations". Beatlesource.com. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  6. ^ Ankeny, Jason (15 February 1942). "Glyn Johns - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  7. ^ "Ryan Adams working on new album with Glyn Johns | News". Nme.Com. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  8. ^ "Preview Band Of Horses’ "Dumpster World"". Stereogum. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  9. ^ "Guns N' Roses inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". BBC News. 7 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Sound Man". amazon.com. Retrieved 13 July 2014.