Greg Ladanyi

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Greg Ladanyi
Born(1952-07-06)July 6, 1952
Elkhart, Indiana, United States
DiedSeptember 29, 2009(2009-09-29) (aged 57)
Nicosia, Cyprus
GenresRock music
Occupation(s)Record producer
Years active1970–2009

Greg Ladanyi (July 6, 1952 – September 29, 2009) was an American record producer and recording engineer of Hungarian descent, known for his work with many musicians, including Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, The Church, Caifanes, Anna Vissi, Toto, Fleetwood Mac, Don Henley, and Jeff Healey.[1]


Ladanyi began his career by working on Hasten Down the Wind under the tutelage of engineer/producer Val Garay.[2]

Around 1980 Ladanyi expanded from just engineering into production as well. He recounted, "Part of the way I came up into coproducing was by elevating engineering to a point where it has an awful lot to do with the production of the record. That comes from a lot of dialogue with an artist and really taking some responsibility for the way a record comes out, as opposed to just sitting there and doing what an artist or producer needs done."[2] Ladanyi co-produced the Behind the Mask album with Fleetwood Mac. He also co-produced, engineered, and mixed Don Henley's first two solo albums I Can't Stand Still and Building the Perfect Beast. He won a Grammy Award in 1983 in the Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical category for Toto IV by Toto.[2]

He married Laura Grayson-Ladanyi in 1984 and divorced in 1992. He was a collaborator and co-founder of "The Complex Studios" with George Massenburg, on Corinth Ave in WLA 1987 till 1991. He co-produced Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits (WB), Jeff Healey's "See the Light" (Arista), The Church's "Under the Milky Way" with Waddy Wachtel (Arista), various Japanese artists, Clannad (RCA/BMG), Caifanes, Jaguares, REO Speedwagon (Sony), and Engenheiros do Hawaii (BMG Brazil). He traveled and worked internationally throughout the world till 1998, and managed artists under the name of Ladanyi Entertainment.

In 2007, he partnered with Starr Andreeff and Mike Renault to form Maple Jam Music Group. His most recent work involved producing Ligion's new album, External Affairs. He was also the main producer on Anna Vissi's album, Apagorevmeno, which was released on December 9, 2008, in Greece and Cyprus.

Ladanyi is mentioned in the lyrics for the song "Cocaine" on Jackson Browne's 1977 album Running on Empty.

Ladanyi died on September 29, 2009, after falling 13 feet just 15 minutes before Vissi's performance at Nicosia's GSP Stadium, suffering a fractured skull.[3]

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  1. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2009 July to December". Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  2. ^ a b c Slater, Andrew (June 9, 1983). "Greg Ladanyi: The L.A. Sound". Rolling Stone. No. 397. pp. 44–45.
  3. ^ John D. Luerssen, Grammy-Winning producer Greg Ladanyi dies at 57 America Online. Retrieved on September 30, 2009.
  4. ^ "The Believers (16)". Discogs.

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