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 "Mike" Vernon (born 20 November 1944) 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]

Production discography[edit]

  • 1976 – Do You Wanna Do a ThingBloodstone
  • 1976 – Gold PlatedClimax Blues Band
  • 1976 – Live – Jimmy 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 – 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 – The Pursuit of Accidents – Level 42
  • 1983 – Stop Please Stop – Rocky Sharpe & the Replays (Percussion)
  • 1984 – End of the Line – Pete McDonald
  • 1985 – Graffiti – New Jordal Swingers
  • 1986 – Mad Man Blues – Dr. 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
  • 1988 – Songs For The Weekend – New Jordal Swingers
  • 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 OverThe Scabs
  • 1993 – Delta HurricaneLarry McCray
  • 1993 – Clima RaroDanza 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, tambourine)
  • 1999 – The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions 1967–1969 – Fleetwood Mac (Production)
  • 2007 – The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions – Otis Spann (Production)
  • 2007 – Furry Lewis & Mississippi Joe CallicottThe Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (Production - liner notes - photos)
  • 2007 – The 1968 Memphis Country Blues festivalBukka 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 Sessions – Eddie Boyd (Production - liner notes)
  • 2008 – The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions – Champion Jack Dupree (Production - liner notes)
  • 2010 – Heads I Win, Tails You LoseOli Brown (Production)
  • 2010 – ShineDani 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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