For the second album, It'll Shine When It Shines (October 1974), Johns and Anderle came to Missouri to record, utilizing a mobile recording truck set up outside of the band's rehearsal home. During the sessions, Johns overheard Larry Lee sitting at a piano playing and singing a song about a mysterious friend of his who sometimes dealt drugs on the side. Johns loved the melody and thought it could be a smash hit if the lyrics were altered to be about a girl and the drug references downplayed. Lee and Cash did as Johns asked and the song, Jackie Blue, became the Daredevils' signature song and a huge hit (No. 3) in the spring of 1975.
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Ozark Mountain Daredevils drummer Larry Lee wrote "Jackie Blue" - inspired by a male drug dealer he'd once known - in embryonic form at Nixa Trout Farm, where the Daredevils conceived and rehearsed the songs for their album It'll Shine When It Shines in the final months of 1973.
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Producer: Glyn Johns/David Anderle. Recording Engineer: Glyn Johns. Art Direction: Mike Doud. Photography: Bill Higgins, Jeremy Parkin. Liner notes: Mike Dempsey.
This is a discography of records (primarily albums) produced, engineered, and/or mixed by Glyn Johns for various acts. Though Johns is best known for his work as an engineer and producer for other artists, he recorded several singles as a solo act in the 1960s. At the end of this article, there is a brief section devoted to Johns' work as a solo artist. All information presented in this section, unless otherwise indicated, is taken from the discography compiled by Andrew Alburn on pp. 291–300 in Glyn Johns' autobiography, Sound Man, and "Glyn Johns Credits" (AllMusic). In the 1960s Johns recorded several singles as a solo artist.
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Johns, the younger brother of engineer Glyn Johns, attended The King's School, Gloucester, England in the mid to late 1960s. Before his nineteenth birthday, he was working as Eddie Kramer's second engineer on recordings by Jimi Hendrix and many others. In a career spanning more than forty years, he engineered or produced records by artists ranging from Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones to Van Halen and Rod Stewart, whose sales total in excess of 160 million copies. Johns was the father of Hurt's former drummer, Evan Johns, and of rock singer/guitarist Will Johns, and uncle of producer Ethan Johns (son of Glyn Johns).
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In 2011, Adams announced a European tour, and noted that he was working on a new studio album with producer Glyn Johns. On April 21, 2011, Adams was the surprise opener for an Emmylou Harris show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. He performed several new songs, as well as "Oh My Sweet Carolina" with Emmy, a track they recorded for 2000's Heartbreaker. On June 16, 2011, through his Twitter account, Ryan suggested that his album Blackhole could be released around Christmas. In the September 2011 issue of Q Magazine, Ryan revealed details of his first solo release since leaving The Cardinals, entitled Ashes & Fire.
Johns is the son of the notable record producer and engineer Glyn Johns (The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and The Who). In 2012, he won the Brit Award for Best British Producer. Johns released his debut solo album Independent Years (1991) followed by If Not Now Then When on vinyl in November 2012, which was later released in other formats in February 2013. His second album titled The Reckoning was released in mid-2014, and was produced by Ryan Adams., and his third and most recent album Silver Liner was released in November 2015. Johns spent 15 years in Los Angeles as a record producer and musician, but currently lives and continues to make records in England.
Will Johns is the son of record producer Andy Johns and nephew to Glyn Johns. Will was born in London in 1973 to actress Paula Boyd and record producer Andy Johns. He first started playing guitar at age fifteen and was encouraged by Eric Clapton. He went on to study performing arts in Oxford where he formed his first band, Cloud 9. He then moved to L.A where band GLYDA was formed with Jesse Wood and Tramper Price. Johns returned to England during the mid-noughties and formed the Will Johns Band. In 2008, Johns moved to Brighton and the Will Johns Band released its first album, Count on Me, in the following year.
The Eagles initially started with Glyn Johns as the producer for this album, but he tended to emphasize the lush side of their double-edged music. After completing only two usable songs, the band turned to Bill Szymczyk to produce the rest of the album. Szymczyk wanted a harder-edged guitarist for the song "Good Day in Hell" and the band remembered Bernie Leadon's childhood friend Don Felder, a guitarist who had jammed backstage with the band in 1972 when they opened for Yes in Boston. Felder had been nicknamed "Fingers" at the jam by Frey, a name that stuck due to his guitar proficiency.
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The group restarted with Glyn Johns in April. The album was mostly Lifehouse material, with one unrelated song by Entwistle, "My Wife", and was released as Who's Next in August. The album reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 4 in the US. "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" are early examples of synthesizer use in rock, featuring keyboard sounds generated in real time by a Lowrey organ; on "Won't Get Fooled Again", it was further processed through a VCS3 synthesizer. The synthesizer intro to "Baba O'Riley" was programmed based on Meher Baba's vital stats, and the track featured a violin solo by Dave Arbus.
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In February 1968, while in England, the band recorded their debut album, Children of the Future, at Olympic studios with Glyn Johns as engineer/producer. The album did not score among the Top 100 album chart. The second album Sailor appeared in October 1968 and climbed the Billboard chart to. Successes included the single "Living in the USA." Brave New World (, 1969) featured the songs "Space Cowboy" and "My Dark Hour". Paul McCartney, credited as "Paul Ramon", played drums, bass and sang backing vocals on "My Dark Hour". This was followed by Your Saving Grace (, 1969) and Number 5 (, 1970). In 1971, Miller broke his neck in a car accident.
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Glyn Johns, musician, record producer, sound engineer. Andy Johns, record producer, sound engineer. Thomas Mayr-Harting, former Ambassador of the European Union to the United Nations. Julia Ormond, actress. Martin Parr, photographer. John Piper, painter and printmaker. Simon Starling, artist. Andy Ward, drummer of the progressive rock band Camel. Joe Wicks, fitness coach. Isabella Beeton, writer. Andrew Garfield, actor, (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network). Mel Giedroyc, comedian. David Charles Manners, author and charity-founder. Jimmy Page, guitarist of Led Zeppelin. David Vine. Kenneth Wolstenholme. Jimmy White, snooker player. Norman Wisdom, comedian. Louis Cole, YouTuber.
Five weeks later, engineer Glyn Johns, whom Lewisohn describes as Get Backs "uncredited producer", began work assembling an album, given "free rein" as the band "all but washed their hands of the entire project". New strains developed between the band members regarding the appointment of a financial adviser, the need for which had become evident without Epstein to manage business affairs. Lennon, Harrison and Starr favoured Allen Klein, who had managed the Rolling Stones and Sam Cooke; McCartney wanted Lee and John Eastman – father and brother, respectively, of Linda Eastman, whom McCartney married on 12 March.
The band's third LP Place without a Postcard, released by CBS Records in November 1981, was recorded in Sussex with English producer Glyn Johns (The Rolling Stones, The Who). Creative tensions between the band and Johns plagued the recording and the group were not totally happy with the outcome. Johns had an arrangement with A&M Records and they asked Midnight Oil to return to the studio to record material suitable for an American single release – they refused and returned to Australia. Place without a Postcard peaked at No. 12 on the albums charts and related singles "Don't Wanna be the One" and "Armistice Day" reached the Top 40 in Australia.
Production duties were handed to Glyn Johns, and the album was reconceived as a single LP, and released as Combat Rock in May 1982. Though filled with offbeat songs, experiments with sound collage, and a spoken word vocal by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, it contained two "radio friendly" tracks. The leadoff single in the US was "Should I Stay or Should I Go", released in June 1982. Another Jones feature in a rock and roll style similar to "Train in Vain", it received heavy airplay on AOR stations. The follow-up, "Rock the Casbah", put lyrics addressing the Iranian clampdown on imports of Western music to a bouncy dance rhythm.
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The single was produced by Glyn Johns, who had worked as an engineer on the Shel Talmy sessions. The band also began work on a new album with Johns, most of which was recorded and prepared for issue but was never released because of the band's complicated financial and contractual problems. "Heaven and Hell" was released in June and, like the previous single, it also failed to make a mark on the UK charts. This was due, in part, to the song being banned by the BBC. The single also ran into problems in the US, where a censored version titled "Heaven", replaced the offensive lyric "Discovering someone else in your bed" with "discovering that her love has gone dead".
A major publicity relaunch in 1976 and the involvement of producer Glyn Johns propelled her next album, Joan Armatrading, into the Top 20 and spawned the Top 10 hit single "Love and Affection". The album mixed acoustic work with jazz-influenced material, and this style was retained for the 1977 follow-up Show Some Emotion, also produced by Glyn Johns, as was 1978's To the Limit. These albums included songs which continue to be staples of Armatrading's live shows, including "Willow", "Down to Zero", "Tall in the Saddle", and "Kissin' and a Huggin'".
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By this time The Ghost of Cain, produced by Glyn Johns, had been released, and was named best album of the year for 1986 in The Times by David Sinclair, who said that it "was the best thing to happen to English rock music since the first Clash album". Concerts included Reading Festival and a gig with David Bowie in front of the Reichstag in Berlin, and the band for the first time expanded their touring line-up to include a second guitarist in the shape of Ricky Warwick, as well as harmonica player Mark Feltham from Nine Below Zero.
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The recording was produced by Glyn Johns. A commercial failure, the album stood at 57,897 copies sold at the time of its deletion in 2008. It is the poorest-selling studio album in Ronstadt's Elektra/Asylum catalog. We Ran did not chart any singles but it was well received by critics. Despite the lack of success of We Ran, Ronstadt kept moving towards this adult rock exploration. In the summer of 1999, she released the album Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions, a folk-rock-oriented project with EmmyLou Harris. It earned a nomination for the Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Folk Album, and made the Top 10 of Billboards Country Albums chart.
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Glyn Johns – audio engineering, mixing. Alan Parsons – assistant engineer. George Martin – producer, original mixing (uncredited). Phil Spector – "re-producer" (final overdubs), final mixing. Recording data and notes. The Lost Beatle Tapes / The Making of Let It Be. The British Beatles Fanclub.
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Produced by Ian Samwell and engineered by Glyn Johns, the album was released in place of a planned single by EMI Columbia. It failed to reach the chart, but the October 1964 follow-up, Fame at Last, reached No. 15 on the UK Albums Chart. Ronan O'Rahilly failed to get Fame's first record played by the BBC. After it was rejected by Radio Luxembourg, he announced he would start his own radio station to promote the record. The station became the offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline. Fame enjoyed continual chart success, with three number one hits in the UK Singles Chart. His version of "Yeh, Yeh", released on 14 January 1965, spent two weeks at No. 1 on the UK singles chart.
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His ensuing album with Pete Townshend, Rough Mix, produced by Glyn Johns, which was released in 1977, was lauded as contender for best album of the year by many critics, but the label did not promote it and sales were lackluster. During the recording of Rough Mix, Lane's multiple sclerosis was diagnosed. Nonetheless he toured, wrote and recorded (with Eric Clapton among others) and in 1979 released another album, See Me, which features several songs written by Lane and Clapton. Around this time Lane travelled the highways and byways of England and lived a 'passing show' modern nomadic life in full Gypsy traveller costume and accommodation.
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Glyn Johns – associate production, recording, mixing. Doug Sax – mastering. Kit Lambert – executive production. Chris Stamp – executive production. Pete Kameron – executive production. John Kosh – album design. Ethan Russell – photography. Classic Albums: The Who - Who's Next, DVD, Eagle Vision (Classic albums series). Who's Next at Acclaimed Music (list of accolades). Who's Next liner notes – Song-by-song liner notes for the album. Guitar tablature.
This new lineup gave friend Glyn Johns who had been at school with Robin Mayhew an excellent opportunity to hone his engineering skills at the IBC Studios, where he worked as a tape operator and trainee engineer in London. There The Presidents recorded their version of Ross and Neil's song "Candy Man" originally recorded by Roy Orbison and Wanda Jackson and Teddy Randazzo's "Let the Sun Shine In". Johns took these first of his individual productions to Decca Records who immediately signed the band. After commissioning a publicity photo shoot in preparation for the single's release, Decca inexplicably gave The Presidents' "Candy Man" A-side to their star band Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.
Produced by Glyn Johns, the record featured contributions from various notable musicians including Bill Payne, Richie Hayward, Paul Barrere, George Hawkins, Michael Landau, Steve Lukather and Bernie Leadon (the first time that members of Little Feat had played together since the death of Lowell George). A second album, The Weather Inside, came out in 1989, again produced by Glyn Johns with the same cast of session musicians and featuring Andy Fairweather-Low. Whilst signed to EMI, Watson toured supporting Joe Cocker and Black. Watson signed to RCA for 1992's Companion Gal, which was recorded at the Rockfield Studios in Wales.