Michael Jackson sound engineer: Bruce Swedien is dead

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Bruce Swedien is dead. The sound engineer and Grammy winner died on November 16, 2020 at the age of 86. This news was shared by his daughter Roberta Swedien in a Facebook post With. In it she also wrote that her father “peacefully” fell asleep that night forever.

Sweden was born on April 19, 1934 in the US state of Minnesota. In his mid-twenties, in 1959, he started working in the Chicago recording studios of Universal Recording Corporation, taking his first step in the direction of a career as a sound engineer, after dreaming about it as a child using his father’s recording device.

Bruce Swedien worked with many legends

He recorded jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock, and also mixed pop and rock stars like Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney. He was also responsible for film soundtracks, he worked on “The Color Purple” and “Nightshift” (Nightshift – the morgue completely freaks out). In 2001 he also received an honorary doctorate in philosophy from Luleå Technical University in Sweden.

His first Grammy nomination earned him working with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on “Big Girls Don’t Cry” in 1962. He won three Grammy trophies for “Best Engineered Recording” with the help of the King of Pop. His work on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, “Bad” and “Dangerous” made his name more famous worldwide.

Quincy Jones mourns his friend

Quincy Jones “Back on the Block” and “Q’s Jook Joint” also allowed Grammy victories. Jones shared his grief over the loss of Bruce Swedien via Instagram With. In his statement, he let the world know: “There aren’t enough words to express how much Bruce meant to me … He was without question the absolute best sound engineer in the business and for more than 70 years I didn’t even think about it, going to a recording session when I didn’t know Bruce was behind the desk. Together with the great, sadly deceased Rod Temperton, we reached heights that we could never have imagined and wrote history together. “

Rod Temperton, with whom Sweden worked frequently, died in 2016.

+++ This article first appeared at rollingstone.de +++

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