Glyn Johns has 76 candles on his birthday cake today. You may not know his name,…

Written by on February 15, 2018


Glyn Johns has 76 candles on his birthday cake today. You may not know his name, but if you have been alive in the last 50 years, you have heard his work. Glyn is an English musician, recording engineer and record producer.

He has worked with such artists as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eagles, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, The Band, Eric Clapton, The Clash, The Beatles (Get Back Sessions), Ryan Adams, The Steve Miller Band, Small Faces, Spooky Tooth, The Easybeats, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Blue Öyster Cult, Emmylou Harris, Midnight Oil, New Model Army, Belly, Joe Satriani, Ronnie Lane, Rod Stewart with Faces (band), John Hiatt, Joan Armatrading, Buckacre, Gallagher and Lyle, Georgie Fame, Family, Helen Watson, Fairport Convention, Humble Pie, and many others.

In the 1960s, while associated with the UK rock band The Presidents, Johns began working as a recording studio engineer at IBC Studios in Portland Place, London and was able to take the band in during weekends and try his skills at production and recording. The presidents was his first true production work and in 1969, Johns was called upon to rescue the troublesome Get Back sessions for The Beatles. Johns compiled several versions of the album, which were all rejected by the band, before the project was eventually turned over to producer Phil Spector. Spector’s version became the released album, which was retitled Let It Be which Glyn called “a load of garbage.”

In 1971, he recorded and mixed The Who’s Who’s Next. His influence on The Faces’ 1972 album A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… to a Blind Horse, which he co-produced with the band, can be gauged from the message that follows the credits: “Thank you Glyn, you made all the difference.” Johns produced the first two albums by the Eagles. Though they were successful, the band, especially Glenn Frey, clashed with Johns over the direction of their sound. After recording two songs for their third album (including their first #1 single “Best of My Love”), they dismissed Johns and returned to California to finish the album.

Johns also produced the 1977 Eric Clapton album Slowhand, including the popular hit “Wonderful Tonight”, written by Eric Clapton.

Johns has written a book about his life titled Sound Man published by Blue Rider Press on 13 November 2014.

In 2012, Johns was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, USA. He was honoured for musical excellence.

Here is a list of the records he has produced. You might have heard of a few of them:

Steve Miller Band – Children of the Future, 1968

Steve Miller Band – Sailor, 1968

Family – Family Entertainment, 1969

Steve Miller Band – Brave New World, 1969

Steve Miller Band – Your Saving Grace, 1969

Humble Pie – Humble Pie, 1970

Lambert and Nuttycombe – At Home, 1970

The Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert, 1970 “Produced by The Rolling Stones and Glyn Johns”

The Who – Who’s Next, 1971 “Produced by The Who. Associate producer / Glyn Johns”

Faces – A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… to a Blind Horse, 1971

Boz Scaggs – Moments, 1971

Humble Pie – Rock On, 1971

Boz Scaggs – Boz Scaggs & Band, 1971

Eagles – Eagles, 1972

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils – The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, 1973

Eagles – Desperado, 1973

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils – It’ll Shine When It Shines, 1974

Gallagher & Lyle – The Last Cowboy, 1974

Georgie Fame – Georgie Fame, 1974

Andy Fairweather Low – La Booga Rooga, 1975

The Who – The Who by Numbers, 1975

Fairport Convention – Rising for the Moon, 1975

Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane – Mahoney’s Last Stand, 1976

Joan Armatrading – Joan Armatrading, 1976

Andy Fairweather Low – Be Bop ‘N’ Holla, 1976

Eric Clapton – Slowhand – 1977

Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane – Rough Mix, 1977

Joan Armatrading – Show Some Emotion, 1977

The Who – Who Are You, 1978

Joan Armatrading – To the Limit, 1978

White Mansions – 1978

Eric Clapton – Backless, 1978

Marc Benno – Lost in Austin, 1979

Live Wire – Pick it up, 1979

Midnight Oil – Place Without a Postcard, 1981

Nine Below Zero – Don’t Point Your Finger, 1981

The Clash – Combat Rock, 1982

The Who – It’s Hard, 1982

Joan Armatrading – Track Record, 1983

Bob Dylan – Real Live, 1984

Téléphone – Un Autre Monde, 1984

New Model Army – The Ghost of Cain, 1986

John Hiatt – Slow Turning, 1988

John Hiatt – Stolen Moments, 1990

Stevie Nicks – Street Angel (uncredited), 1994

Crosby, Stills & Nash – After The Storm, (1994)

Belly – King (1995)

Joe Satriani – Joe Satriani, 1995

Linda Ronstadt – We Ran, 1998

Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire, 2011

Band of Horses – Mirage Rock, 2012

The Staves – Dead & Born & Grown, 2012

Ian MacLagan – United States, 2014

Eric Clapton – I Still Do, 2016

Happy Birthday Glyn!! What’s next?




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