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RIP, Jack Richardson (May 13, 2011) Canadian Record Producer

Posted by on May 13, 2011

Jack Richardson
July 23, 1929 – May 13, 2011

Jack Richardson was a respected Canadian record producer who was ultimately honored by having the Juno Awards’ Producer of the Year Award named  after him.  He was also an instructor at the most prestigious music schools in Canada.  While working for an ad agency in 1968, Richardson created a bottle-cap reimbursement campaign for the Canadian Coca-Cola company.   Those who purchased designated Cokes could collect the bottle caps and ultimately redeem them for a promotional album, A Wild Pair, which featured the Guess Who on one side and the Staccatos (later known as the Five Man Electrical Band) on the other.  The campaign was so successful that the album reportedly would have achieved gold status had it been an “official” release.   Richardson went on to produce several Guess Who albums and singles including their biggest hits, “These Eyes” and “American Woman.”   He also produced Bob Seger’s landmark album, Night Moves, as well has hit albums by the likes of Alice Cooper, Poco, Badfinger, and the Irish Rovers.  His son, Garth Richardson is an in-demand producer as well who has worked with Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and System Of A Down.  Jack Richardson was 81 when he passed away on May 13, 2011.

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Died On This Date (September 17, 1991) Rob Tyner / The MC5

Posted by on September 17, 2009

Rob Tyner (born Robert Derminer)
December 12, 1944 – September 17, 1991

Rob Tyner was the lead singer of Detroit garage rock band, the MC5 who were heavy influences on the punk movement to soon follow.  More than just another loud blues-rock band, the MC5 were endeared by fans for their anti-establishment lyrics.  The band’s use of itself as a political voice inspired future generations to do the same.  Later bands like the Clash and Rage Against the Machine have cited them as an influence for doing just that.  The MC5’s “Kick Out The Jams” is one of the era’s most covered songs by countless young garage bands to follow.  Even Tyner’s spirited “Kick out the jams motherfucker!” intro that he spontaneously shouted on a live recording is often repeated on cover versions.  The MC5 broke up in 1972 and Tyner formed another band or two but was never able to get much going commercial.  He did however, build himself a nice reputation as a manager, producer and concert promoter in the Detroit area.  On September 17, 1991, Rob Tyner, according to his New York Times obituary, died in a Royal Oak, Michigan hospital after suffering a heart attack while driving near his home.  He was 46.

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