Roy Cicala

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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.


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. Claudio Tognolli announced that Roy's biography will be published in the first semester of 2018 by Saraiva editing house, a Brazilian editor.

Cicala died in São Paulo (Brazil) where he lived since 2005 with his daughter. Roy was treating prostrate cancer for 7 years, but never stopped producing till his last days. His biography is currently being written by the Brazilian journalist Claudio Tognolli [1][2]


Selected engineering, production and Record Plant NYC credits
Selected live engineering, production and Record Plant Remote credits
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.


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