Tony Berg

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Anthony Rains "Tony" Berg (born October 21, 1954 in Connecticut) is an American musician, record producer, and A&R man, in which role he has been described as an "industry guru".[1]

Berg's music career began in the late 1970s, when he was a session guitarist who appeared on several notable releases including Air Supply, Debby Boone,[2] The Rocky Horror Picture Show and several Muppet Show releases. In the early 1980s, Berg founded Zeitgeist Studios. His first major success was with Michael Penn's 1989 debut March. From there Berg went on to produce for Edie Brickell, Public Image Ltd, Altered State, and Aimee Mann, as well as an extensive collection of other artists.

In the early 1990s, Berg became an A&R exec with Geffen Records where he played a role in signing artists such as Beck, Wild Colonials, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, At the Drive-In etc. During this time he continued to produce records and play on a wide variety of releases including Peter Gabriel's Up.

In 2004 Berg founded Three Records with industry veteran Michael Rosenblatt and super producer Eric Valentine. Their first release was Mellowdrone's Box.

Personal life[edit]

His brothers are Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and journalist A. Scott Berg, and Jeff Berg, CEO of International Creative Management. His daughter is musician Z Berg.[3]


Michael Penn, March (1989)
Altered State, Altered State (1991)
Squeeze, Play (1991)
Phantom Planet, Raise the Dead (2008)
Andrew Bird, Are You Serious (2016)
Phoebe Bridgers, Stranger in the Alps (2017)


  1. ^ UC Irvine graduate, 'Survivor' winner releases new album, by Jenny Stockdale; in the Daily Pilot; published August 11, 2012; retrieved April 3, 2014
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Tony Berg". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Smyth, David (7 March 2006). "Like are hard to love". Evening Standard. Retrieved 4 April 2014.