Richard Landis

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Richard Landis
GenresCountry, adult contemporary
Occupation(s)Record producer, recording engineer
Years active1970–present
LabelsABC-Dunhill, BNA, Capitol, Columbia, Giant, Mediarts, Metromedia, RCA

Richard Landis is an American studio musician, recording artist, singer/songwriter, and music producer. He has over 40 years of professional credits and chart success including a share of the 1994 CMA award for Album of the Year. At years end, Billboard ranked Landis 18th of the top 25 producers in country music. Landis has production tenure with several acclaimed labels including Capitol, Columbia, and RCA. In 2007 Landis opened his own studio in Nashville called Fool on the Hill and as of 2013 engineers and produces music there.[2] His accomplishments include musical credits with acts like Van Stephenson, Eddie Rabbitt, Kenny Rogers, Lorrie Morgan, Doug Supernaw, Neil Diamond, Poco, and Vince Gill. He has production credits from Juice Newton to Red Rider and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.


Richard Landis attended The High School of Music & Art and is a member of the graduating class of 1962.[3] He is an accomplished pianist and was called "one devil of a piano player" by Bob Glassenberg in a Billboard article.[4]

In 1970, Richard Landis formed an acoustic blues band with Spencer Davis and Peter Jameson.[5][6] They released It's Been So Long on Mediarts and the band toured with POCO in 1971.[7] It's Been So Long was produced by Jay Sentor who spotted Landis' talent and announced his plans to produce a Landis album. He said in a Billboard article that he "planned to cut that heavy piano player in the Davis & Jameson group as a solo performer, backed by a nine-piece band."[8]

In 1972, Richard Landis released his solo album Natural Causes[9] to a mixed reception and limited success. The album produced two singles, "A Man Who Sings" and "Natural Causes" which peaked on the adult contemporary charts at 35 and 40 respectively.[10][11] 1972 saw Landis' first commercial production credit as well. He produced Peter Allens second album, Tenterfield Saddler, released on Metromedia.[12] Landis also appeared on the album with musician credits.[13]

In 1978, Richard Landis was named West Coast director, talent acquisition for Capitol records based in Los Angeles. Landis previously held an identical position in New York City as East Coast director.[14]

In 1981, Richard Landis began producing music for Juice Newton. They released her multi-platinum album, Juice which charted two #1 singles and one #2. In an interview Juice Newton cited her lucky break as being the day she met Richard Landis: "I believe that hooking up with Richard Landis who produced those first big hits on the Juice LP (Queen of Hearts, Angel in the Morning) was my lucky break."[15] That same year, he produced Red Ryder's classic rock hit "Lunatic Fringe."

While living in Los Angeles, Landis owned and operated a recording studio, called The Grey Room, in his house, where artists like Vince Gill, Tori Amos, Joan Armatrading, Tina Turner, and The Smithereens recorded and mixed their albums. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was a battle between the legitimate studio owners in LA, who had to pay all the overheads a business incurs, and the new breed of high-end home studios. They came after Landis and shut him down.[citation needed] So he made a deal with Jim David (Hal David's son) and built a duplicate of the Grey Room in a space in Jim David's One on One studios in North Hollywood. In 2012, it became 17 Hertz.

In 1992, Richard Landis was the VP of A&R for BNA Records. Lorrie Morgan left RCA Records and joined BNA to remain with Landis.[16] Landis left his position with BNA in 1993 but continued to produce for the label on an independent basis, continuing his affiliation as a consultant.[17]

In May 1994, Landis produced Lorrie Morgan's top 10 album, War Paint. He also co-wrote "If You Come Back From Heaven" which was one of the three singles released. It entered the Billboard country charts in June 1994 and peaked at #51.[18] Also in 1994 Landis was one of 14 producers to receive a CMA Album of the Year award for Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles. Landis produced the last track on the album, Lorrie Morgan's cover of "The Sad Café".[19] Billboard's end of year special edition ranked the top 25 country music producers of 1994. Landis was placed eighteenth on the list, having produced 11 charted hits for that year.[20]

From 1993 to 2000, Landis and James Stroud co-owned a major recording studio in Nashville called Loud Recording, as well as an overdub and mixing suite next door called Too Loud.

In 2010, Richard Landis was nominated for the CMAA Album of the Year for production of Adam Brand's Hell of a Ride, an album which peaked at #19 on the ARIA Charts.[21]


Richard Landis
Production discography
160 Releases
Studio albums49
Tribute albums4
Holiday albums9
Box sets5

The table at right shows the breakdown of recordings in Richard Landis' production discography. All titles list Landis as either a musician, composer, and/or producer. For details see the main discography linked above.


  1. ^ Richard Landis credits
  2. ^ Nashville Skyline Archived 2011-11-02 at the Wayback Machine Mixonline, September 1, 2007 Rick Clark
  3. ^ The High School of Music & Art, class of 1962
  4. ^ Billboard, June 26, 1971, page 4, "General News" "Studio Track" Bob Glassenberg
  5. ^ "Spencer Davis Bio". Archived from the original on 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  6. ^ Spencer Davis | AllMusic
  7. ^ Billboard, January 30, 1971, page 25, "POCO Spencer Davis & Peter Jameson" Alan Karp
  8. ^ Billboard, March 20, 1971, page 4, "General News" "Studio Track" Claude Hall
  9. ^ Natural Causes by Richard Landis | Full Album Song Listings | VH1
  10. ^ Richard Landis Songs (Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography) Music VF, US & UK hits charts
  11. ^ Billboard, February 5, 1972, page 47, "Special Merit Picks" Natural Causes staff review
  12. ^ Billboard, March 24, 1973, page 73 "Pop Picks" "also recommended" consensus panel
  13. ^ Peter Allen
  14. ^ Billboard, February 4, 1978 "General News" section, "Executive Turntable"
  15. ^ Juice Newton "The Queen of Hearts Revealed" Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine Review Magazine
  16. ^ Billboard, August 1, 1992, page 25, "Hills Alive With Sound Of Country Music" Edward Morris
  17. ^ Billboard, March 13, 1993, page 134 "The Billboard Bulletin" Irv Lichtman
  18. ^ Country Music: The Encyclopedia, 3rd edition, July 2000, page 325, St. Martins Press, Irwin Stambler & Grelun Landon
  19. ^ Past CMA Award winners[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ Billboard, December 24, 1994, page YE-48 "Billboard Spotlight" "Hot Country Singles & Tracks Producers"
  21. ^ CMAA Country Music Awards finalists announced Archived 2012-03-05 at the Wayback Machine November 13, 2009, ABCcountry

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