Mike Vernon (record producer)

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Mike Vernon
Birth name Michael William Hugh Vernon
Born (1944-11-20) 20 November 1944 (age 70)
Harrow, Middlesex, England
Genres Blues, pop rock
Occupation(s) Record producer, recording engineer, executive producer
Years active 1963–present
Labels CBS Records, Polydor Records, Blue Horizon Records, Decca Records
Associated acts Bluesbreakers, David Bowie, Duster Bennett, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Ten Years After, Focus, Bloodstone, Curtis Jones, Champion Jack Dupree, Otis Spann, Eddie Boyd, Furry Lewis, Bukka White, The Olympic Runners, Rocky Sharpe and the Replays, Dr. Feelgood, Chris Farlowe, Freddie King, Frankie Ford, Jimmy Witherspoon. Level 42, Oli Brown
Notable instruments
Piano, keyboard, percussion, vocals, backing vocals

Michael William Hugh Vernon (born 20 November 1944) professionally known as Mike Vernon is an English music executive studio owner, and record producer from Harrow, Middlesex, England.[1] He produced albums for British blues artists and groups in the 1960s, working with the Bluesbreakers, David Bowie, Duster Bennett, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John Mayall, Christine McVie and Ten Years After amongst others.[2]

Biography[edit]

Vernon is best known as founder of the blues record label, Blue Horizon.[1] He worked at Decca Records starting in 1963. He served as producer for the Mayall-Clapton collaboration Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966).[2]

In the early 1970s, Vernon released a solo album, Moment of Madness. He was also a member of The Olympic Runners (1974–1979) and acted as producer for them. He was a producer and member of Rocky Sharpe and the Replays (1979–1983). With the Replays he sang bass under the psudonym of Eric Rondo.[3] He founded the Indigo and Code Blue record labels in the 1990s.[2]

Vernon came out of retirement to produce the second album by the British blues prodigy, Oli Brown. The album entitled Heads I Win, Tails You Lose was released in March 2010.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mike Vernon: Biography". MSN Music. MSN. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography by Richie Unterberger". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Matt Frost. "Mike Vernon: Producing British Blues". Soundonsound.com. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  4. ^ Applegate, Zoe (2010-05-11). "BBC - Oli Brown lures producer Mike Vernon for blues album". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Mingo Balaguer". Mingobalaguer.es. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 

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