Three Producers Who Shaped RocknRoll, recorded in conversation with Dave Roberts on his Music for Grown Ups, 15 September 2016, Meridian FM
Three producers who most definitely helped to shape the course of rock’n’roll: Sam Phillips, Phil Spector and George Martin.
Sam Phillips founded Sun Records in the early 1950s and introduced the world to, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.
Phil Spector’s first recording session was to produce his own composition for his own band, The Teddy Bears, and gave himself his first hit record. In the early 1960s he too formed his own record label, Philles, and went on to create his legendary “wall of sound”.
George Martin started to produce records in the early 1950s, mostly jazz, classical music and comedy. Then, on the 6 June 1962 the Beatles, John, Paul, George and drummer Pete Best, walked into his Abbey Road studios to record Love Me Do. His first action was to tell the band to change their drummer. Out went Pete, in came Ringo and the rest, as they say, is history…
Most of the information for this show is taken from my book Rock’n’Roll Unravelled. If you would like more background to these stories – they’re in the book!
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