British record producer Andy Johns dies at 62

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LOS ANGELES -- British record producer and sound engineer Andy Johns, who like his older brother Glyn Johns worked with some of the biggest rock bands of the 1960s and '70s, including the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, has died at 62. British newspapers reported that Johns had suffered a liver ailment.

Andy Johns started his career as a tape operator at London's Olympic Studios during a period of exceptional musical ferment. Later, he recalled that "in those days you could go into one studio and Joe Cocker was working, and then you're working with Jimi Hendrix in Studio One, or down the corridor Eric Clapton is doing something."

He worked as an assistant producer with the Stones during recording of their landmark 1972 album "Exile On Main Street." He also was involved with two of the band's follow-up albums, "Goat's Head Soup" and "It's Only Rock 'n Roll." During his career, Johns also helped capture the studio sound of Free, Jethro Tull and Humble Pie, among other groups.

Later in the 1970s, Johns relocated to Los Angeles and became a go-to producer for heavy metal stalwarts like Van Halen and Cinderella.

-- Los Angeles Times

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