Mike Vernon (record producer)

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Mike Vernon
Birth name Michael William Hugh Vernon
Born (1944-11-20) 20 November 1944 (age 69)
Harrow, Middlesex, England
Genres Blues, pop rock
Occupations 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-Calpton 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]

Production discography[edit]

  • 1965 — Five Long YearsEddie Boyd
  • 1966 — Bluesbreakers with Eric ClaptonJohn Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • 1966 — Art GalleryThe Artwoods
  • 1966 — "The London Boys" — David Bowie
  • 1966 — "Rubber Band" — David Bowie
  • 1966 — Sound of Sitar — Chim Kothari
  • 1967 — Champion Jack Dupree and His Blues BandChampion Jack Dupree featuring Mickey Baker
  • 1967 — "Love You till Tuesday" — David Bowie
  • 1967 — Blues AloneJohn Mayall
  • 1967 — A Hard Road — John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • 1967 — Crusade — John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • 1967 — David Bowie — David Bowie
  • 1967 — Eddie Boyd and His Blues Band — Eddie Boyd (Liner notes)
  • 1967 — Raw Blues — Various Artists
  • 1967 — Shake Down — Savoy Brown
  • 1967 — Ten Years AfterTen Years After
  • 1968 — The 1968 Memphis Country Blues Festival — Various Artists
  • 1968 — Roosevelt Holts: Presenting The Country Blues (production)
  • 1968 — 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to ServeChicken Shack
  • 1968 — 7936 South Rhodes — Eddie Boyd
  • 1968 — Bare Wires — John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • 1968 — Blues from Laurel CanyonJohn Mayall
  • 1968 — Diary of a Band, Vol. 1 — John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • 1968 — Diary of a Band, Vol. 2 — John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • 1968 — Getting to the PointSavoy Brown
  • 1968 — Last Night's DreamJohnny Shines
  • 1968 — Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac
  • 1968 — Mr. WonderfulFleetwood Mac
  • 1968 — UndeadTen Years After (Liner notes)
  • 1968 — Bukka White - Memphis Hot Shots (Production - Liner notes - Photo)
  • 1969 — 100 Ton ChickenChicken Shack
  • 1969 — The Biggest Thing Since ColossusOtis Spann (Liner notes)
  • 1969 — Blue MatterSavoy Brown (Percussion, arranger, assistant)
  • 1969 — Fleetwood Mac in Chicago/Blues Jam in Chicago, Vols. 1-2 — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1969 — English Rose — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1969 — First Slice — Jellybread
  • 1969 — Heavy Blues — Champion Jack Dupree
  • 1969 — Looking Back — John Mayall (Liner notes)
  • 1969 — Midnight JumpSunnyland Slim
  • 1969 — O.K. Ken? — Chicken Shack
  • 1969 - Fiends And Angels - Martha Velez
  • 1969 — Patent Pending — The Johnny Almond Music Machine
  • 1969 — The Pious Bird of Good Omen — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1969 — A Step FurtherSavoy Brown (Percussion, bells)
  • 1969 — StonedhengeTen Years After (Vocals)
  • 1969 — Presenting the Country Blues/Furry Lewis (Production - Lines Notes)
  • 1969 — Presenting the Country Blues/Mississippi Joe Callicott (Production - Lines Notes)
  • 1970 — Stars of the 1969-1970 Memphis Country Blues Festival — Various Artists
  • 1970 — Grease One for Me — Bacon Fat
  • 1970 — In and Out of FocusFocus (Liner notes, supervisor)
  • 1970 — The End of the GamePeter Green
  • 1971 — Black Magic Woman — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1971 — Bring It Back Home — Mike Vernon (Harmonica, percussion, vocals)
  • 1971 — Moving Waves — Focus (Liner notes, supervisor)
  • 1971 — Rick Hayward — Rick Hayward (Liner notes)
  • 1971 — Thru the Years — John Mayall
  • 1972 — Alvin Lee & Company — Ten Years After
  • 1972 — Discovering the BluesRobben Ford
  • 1972 — Focus IIIFocus (Supervisor)
  • 1972 — Rocking At the Tweed MillLivin' Blues
  • 1973 — Live at the RainbowFocus (Supervisor)
  • 1973 — History Of British Blues Vol.1 (Various Artists) (Production - liner notes and on one song)
  • 1973 — Ram Jam JoseyLivin' Blues
  • 1974 — BurglarFreddie King (Percussion)
  • 1974 — Hamburger ConcertoFocus
  • 1975 — Larger Than LifeFreddie King (Percussion)
  • 1975 — Love Is a Five Letter WordJimmy Witherspoon (Percussion)
  • 1975 — Out in FrontThe Olympic Runners (Percussion)
  • 1975 — Vintage Years — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1976 — Do You Wanna Do a ThingBloodstone
  • 1976 — Gold PlatedClimax Blues Band
  • 1976 — LiveJimmy Witherspoon & Robben Ford (Executive production, editing, mixing)
  • 1977 — Best of Savoy Brown [London] — Savoy Brown
  • 1977 — Edwin StarrEdwin Starr (Tambourine, vibraslap)
  • 1977 — Hot to Trot — The Olympic Runners (Percussion, vocals)
  • 1977 — On the Line — Foster Brothers
  • 1977 — Original Fleetwood Mac — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1977 — Ship of Memories — Focus
  • 1977 — Soul Survivors — Diversions
  • 1978 — Focus con Proby — Focus (Liner notes, supervisor)
  • 1979 — Let It RollDr. Feelgood
  • 1979 — Out of the Ground — The Olympic Runners (Percussion)
  • 1979 — Rama Lama (Replays)Rocky Sharpe & the Replays (Engineer)
  • 1980 — Shout! Shout! — Rocky Sharpe & the Replays (Percussion)
  • 1981 — Level 42Level 42
  • 1982 — Pursuit of AccidentsLevel 42
  • 1983 — Stop Please Stop — Rocky Sharpe & the Replays (Percussion)
  • 1984 — End of the Line — Pete McDonald
  • 1986 — Mad Man BluesDr. Feelgood
  • 1986 — On the LooseSteve Gibbons
  • 1987 — Hat Trick — Blues 'N' Trouble (Percussion)
  • 1987 — Guitar Guitar — 32/20
  • 1988 — CrossroadsEric Clapton
  • 1988 — Great British Psychedelic Trip, Vol. 1, 1966-69 — Various Artists
  • 1988 — John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers — John Mayall
  • 1989 — Level Best — Level 42
  • 1989 — Singles/ The UA Years — Dr. Feelgood
  • 1989 — Steel & Fire — The Mick Clarke Band (Engineer)
  • 1989 — Storyteller - The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990Rod Stewart
  • 1990 — Blues It UpDana Gillespie (Percussion)
  • 1991 — That's What The Blues Can Do - The Innes Sibun Blues Explosion (Production)
  • 1991 — Second SightChris Youlden (Vocals, Engineer)
  • 1992 — 25 Years - The Chain — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1992 — Attack of the Atomic GuitarU.P. Wilson (Engineer, mixing)
  • 1992 — Blue LightningLightnin' Slim (Mixing)
  • 1992 — Blues, the Whole Blues & Nothing But the Blues — Jimmy Witherspoon (Percussion, engineer, mixing, liner notes)
  • 1992 — Chiswick Story — Various Artists
  • 1992 — Delta BluesmanDavid Honeyboy Edwards
  • 1993 — Dog Days Are Over — The Scabs
  • 1993 — Delta HurricaneLarry McCray
  • 1993 — Clima Raro — Danza Invisible
  • 1994 — Live Dog — The Scabs
  • 1994 — Sound Like This — The Hoax
  • 1994 — Al Compás de la Banda — Danza Invisible
  • 1995 — Dos Caras Distintas — Los Secretos
  • 1996 — A Man Amongst MenBo Diddley (Production, liner notes, percussion)
  • 1998 — ′′Swango′′ — Candye Kane (Production - backing vocals, tamborine)
  • 1999 — The Complete Blue Horizon SessionsFleetwood Mac (Production)
  • 2007 — The Complete Blue Horizon SessionsOtis Spann (Production)
  • 2007 — Furry Lewis & Mississippi Joe Callicott - The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (Production - liner notes - photos)
  • 2007 — The 1968 Memphis Country Blues festival - Bukka White The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (Production - liner notes - Photos)
  • 2008 — The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions — Jellybread (Production - liner notes)
  • 2008 — The Complete Blue Horizon SessionsTop Topham (Production - liner notes)
  • 2008 — The Complete Blue Horizon SessionsKey Largo (Production - liner notes)
  • 2008 — The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions — Gordon Smith (Production - liner notes)
  • 2008 — The Complete Blue Horizon SessionsEddie Boyd (Production - liner notes)
  • 2008 — The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions — Champion Jack Dupree (Production - liner notes)
  • 2010 — Heads I Win, Tails You Lose - Oli Brown (Production)
  • 2010 — Shine - Dani Wilde (Production)
  • 2010 — Fun to Visit - Mingo & The Blues Intruders[5] (Production)

Bibliography[edit]

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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