Legendary producer - engineer Andy Johns, best known for his work with the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, died on April 7th of undisclosed causes, according to Noise 11. Johns, whose older brother is noted Stones engineer and Who and Eagles producer Glyn Johns, made his bones at London's legendary Olympic Studios working early sessions for Rod Stewart, Jethro Tull, and Humble Pie.
Despite a career of quality and groundbreaking work, Johns will always be remembered for engineering such legendary albums as Blind Faith's self-titled debut; Led Zeppelin's second, third, and fourth albums, Houses Of The Holy, Physical Graffiti, and Coda; along with the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, Goats Head Soup, and It's Only Rock N' Roll, among many others.
Among the classic albums Johns produced were Free's Highway; Television's Marquee Moon; Cinderella's Night Songs; Van Halen's For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge; Joe Satriani's The Extremist; Chickenfoot's self-titled debut, and the Steve Miller Band's two most recent albums, Bingo! and Let Your Hair Down.
Peter Frampton posted on his Facebook page: "Andy Johns engineer/producer and long time friend has left us and way too soon. He worked with Humble Pie on our first 2 albums. Better known for Led Zep and Stones classic albums. And Songs For A Tailor by Jack Bruce. A big fav of mine. So many other amazing sounding records were recorded/produced by Andy. My thoughts are with his family and especially his brother Glyn. We will all miss Andy. RIP"
Queen's Brian May posted a tribute to Johns on his website (BrianMay.com) saying: "Ouch. So sad to hear of the passing of Andy Johns -- great record producer. Lovely guy -- patient, skilled, funny, encouraging, sharp. . . all the qualities you want in someone who is getting your music on to tape. I remember him as one of the Olympic Studios team in Barnes playing around with varying tape speeds and early phasing with George Chiantz. He went on to become one of the very top rock producers in the world. Condolences to all the family. Andy was such a great guy. RIP. Bri"
Slash tweeted: "1 of the great engineer/producers of our time."