Ron Malo

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Ron Malo (died August 15, 1992) was an engineer for Chicago's Chess Studios.[1] He was the engineer for the first sessions the Rolling Stones did in the USA, in Chicago in June 1964, recording songs ("It's All Over Now", "I Can't Be Satisfied", "Look What You've Done", "Around and Around", "Down the Road a Piece" etc.) that wound up appearing on the albums 12 X 5, The Rolling Stones, Now! and December's Children (And Everybody's). He was also the engineer at Chess when they returned in November 1964 to do more sessions there, and when they came back a third time in May 1965 (resulting in Out of Our Heads songs like "Mercy Mercy" and "That's How Strong My Love Is").

Malo worked with many of the blues and R&B greats, such as Bo Diddley, Etta James, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Chuck Berry, as well as some jazz greats like Cannonball Adderley. He went on to work with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, and John Lee Hooker. Malo was the engineer in the Buckinghams first recording sessions. In the 1970s, he worked with Billy Joel, and engineered the lost tapes of "The Brothres" in 1973 at Bolic Sound Studio in Los Angeles (featuring the Kirk brothers from Missouri). He was also the recording engineer on the Bobby Goldsboro album A Butterfly For Bucky released in 1976 on the United Artists label.

Before Chess records, Malo was a recording engineer for WJLB-AM in Detroit. During that time, he installed the first studio recording equipment (modest at the time) for Motown at 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit.