Roy Joel Cicala (March 28, 1939 – January 22, 2014) was an American producer, engineer, songwriter and musician. His body of work includes over 10 Platinum Records for producing, writing, engineering and management for talent from the 1970s through 2014.
Roy Cicala was born Roy Joel Cicala in New Haven, Connecticut. Since his 1968 start at Record Plant Studios in New York, he recorded and produced some of the greatest artists of modern music, including John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, Four Seasons, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Frank Sinatra, Dire Straits, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Harry Nilsson, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Ray Charles, Queen, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Liza Minnelli, Roberta Flack, Patti La Belle, Van Morrison, Don McLean, The Who, Johnny Winter, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, Prince, Santana, Sarah Vaughan, Charles Mingus and many others.
Cicala began working freelance engineering jobs in New York when he took over Record Plant Studios piloting mega-albums hits as chief engineer. He was an engineer on the first album ever recorded at Record Plant Studios, Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, released in 1968. Through the years, he worked on hundreds of albums. During the 1970s, house engineers Shelley Yakus and Roy Cicala gave many local bands their start by donating session time and materials to upcoming artists, engineering and producing their demo tapes. While at Record Plant, Cicala was involved with a wide range of projects, including doing the remote work for the "Live Aid" concert in 1985. Record Plant closed in 1989.
Cicala first worked with John Lennon just before The Beatles broke up in 1970. Cicala engineered John and Yoko's first solo compilation Plastic Ono Band and went on to work with Lennon on many other of his solo projects. including Imagine, Mind Games and Double Fantasy.
- Selected engineering, production and Record Plant NYC credits
- The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland – 1967-68
- John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Plastic Ono Band - 1970
- Frank Sinatra: Watertown - 1969
- Four Seasons: "Genuine Imitation Life Gazette" - 1969
- John Lennon: Imagine – 1971
- John Lennon: Walls and Bridges -1974
- Aerosmith: Get Your Wings – 1973-74
- John Lennon: Sometime in New York City - 1972
- John Lennon: Mind Games - 1973
- Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run – 1974-75
- Aerosmith: Toys in the Attic – 1975
- John Lennon: Rock and Roll - 1975
- Bruce Springsteen: Darkness on the Edge of Town – 1977-78
- Patti Smith Group: Easter – 1978
- David Bowie: Lodger – 1979
- Jerome T. Youngman & Hooks: Young and Boring – 1980
- John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy - 1980
- AC/DC: Who Made Who - 1986
- Patti Smith: Peace and Noise - 1997
- Forgotten Boys: Louva-a-Deus – 2007
- Garland Jeffreys: The King of In Between – 2011
- Optic Yellow Felt:Optic Yellow Felt - 2011
- The Moondogs: "Black & White Woman" - 2013
- Selected live engineering, production and Record Plant Remote credits
- George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh featuring Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and Ringo Starr, Madison Square Garden - August 1, 1971
- Elton John Concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City - September 13, 1980
- Live Aid - a multi-venue rock music concert. July 13, 1985.
- Selected songwriting credits
- John Lennon: Incantation - 1974
- Other credits
- John Lennon: Walls and Bridges: Strings and Remixing
- Johnny Rivers: "Secret Agent Man" - Theme to the American Broadcast of the British series Danger Man.
Cicala had been working in Brazil since the 1970s in various engineering and production capacities. He was producing and managing major label artists like Charlie Brown Jr. at the newly launched Record Plant South. He sat on the Advisory Board for a New York City-based start-up founded by his nephew Craig Alberino.
- John Blaney, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Lennon and McCartney - Together Alone: A Critical Discography of Their Solo Work (Paperback), Jawbone Press (March 28, 2007). ISBN 1-906002-02-9, ISBN 978-1-906002-02-2
- Richard, Burgess, The Art Of Music Production (Paperback), Omnibus Press; 3rd edition (May 1, 2005), ISBN 1-84449-431-4, ISBN 978-1-84449-431-6
- Maureen Droney, Mix Masters: Platinum Engineers Reveal Their Secrets for Success (Paperback), Berklee Press; Pap/Com edition (January 1, 2003). ISBN 0-87639-019-X, ISBN 978-0-87639-019-1
- Mark Cunningham, Good Vibrations: A History of Record Production (Sanctuary Music Library) (Paperback), Alan Parson (Introduction), Brian Eno (Introduction) Sanctuary Publishing, Ltd; 2 edition (September 1, 1999). ISBN 1-86074-242-4, ISBN 978-1-86074-242-2
- David Simons, Studio Stories: How the Great New York Records Were Made: From Miles to Madonna, Sinatra to the Ramones (Paperback), Backbeat Books (November 19, 2004). ISBN 0-87930-817-6, ISBN 978-0-87930-817-9
- Albert Goldman, The Lives of John Lennon (Paperback), Chicago Review Press; New Ed edition (September 1, 2001) # Language: English # ISBN 1-55652-399-8, ISBN 978-1-55652-399-1
- Billy James, A Dream Goes on Forever: The Continuing Story of Todd Rundgren (Paperback), Golden Treasures Pub (December 2002). ISBN 0-9710493-3-5, ISBN 978-0-9710493-3-8
- Bruce Spizer, The Beatles Solo on Apple Records (Hardcover), Allan Steckler (Foreword), Four Ninety-Eight Productions (April 30, 2005). ISBN 0-9662649-5-9, ISBN 978-0-9662649-5-1
- Richard Williams, Phil Spector: Out Of His Head (Paperback), Omnibus Press; Revised edition (August 1, 2003). ISBN 0-7119-9864-7, ISBN 978-0-7119-9864-3
- Michael J. Hockinson, The Ultimate Beatles Quiz Book II (Paperback), St. Martin's Griffin (November 13, 2000). ISBN 0-312-26406-2, ISBN 978-0-312-26406-2
- Dan Muise, Rory Gallagher, Steve Marriott, and Rick Derringer, Gallagher, Marriott, Derringer, Trower: Their Lives and Music (Paperback - April 2002), Hal Leonard; 1 edition (April 2002). ISBN 0-634-02956-8, ISBN 978-0-634-02956-1
- Yoko Ono, Memories of John Lennon (Hardcover), Harper Entertainment (November 29, 2005). ISBN 0-06-059455-1, ISBN 978-0-06-059455-8
- Matt Gallagher, "Garland Jeffreys 'The King of In Between'", Mix Magazine (July 1, 2011).