Saturday, May 14, 2011

Jack Richardson -Passes away May 13th 2011

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011

Update: Posted this late last night, this morning it's cofirmed Jack Richardson has passed away.

The twitter world is claiming that Jack Richardson who produced the records of the Guess Who's- American Woman, Bob Segars-Night Move, and Alice Coopers - Love it to death, just to name a few, has passed away at the age of 81. 

I'm not sure if this is true as I can't find anything to prove it, but I created this post about Jack anyways. 

If it is true it is really sad because he really brought us some fabulous music, music that really imprinted my youth.

I remember the bottle cap promo for the Guess Who, we used to collect them in the restaurant I grew up in and we would listen to all those songs on 8 track tapes. Yes, it brings back lots of memories. 

On thing I'll say for his age, he sure looks awesome for someone who was 79, check out the video at the bottom of this post. Many refer to him as a legend. I agree!

Check out his bio here on Wikipedia.

Jack Richardson, CM(born 23 July 1929[1] - died 13 May 2011)is a Juno Award-nominated Canadian record producer and Order of Canada recipient.[2] 

He is perhaps best known for producing the biggest hit records from The Guess Who from 1969 - 1975. He was an educator at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario in the Music Industry Arts program, as well as at the Harris Institute for the Arts in Toronto, Ontario in the Producing and Engineering Program (PEP). 

The Juno Award for "Producer of the Year" has been named in Richardson's honour since 2002.

Richardson was born in Toronto, Ontario, and had early musical training playing in various school bands. By 1949 he was playing professionally in "The Westernaires" [1] who had a regular radio program. 

In 1958 he was working as an account executive for McCann-Erickson,[1] a firm that produced a regular television program and in the mid 1960s Richardson and three others from this firm decided to form their own production company, Nimbus 9. 

Initially, audio recording was only one aspect of Nimbus 9, which was formed to provide multi-media production to their clients. Within a brief period of time, however, audio recording became the single focus of operations.

In 1968, Richardson approached the Canadian branch of the Coca-Cola company with an idea to produce and market a long-playing album through a type of bottle-cap reimbursement scheme. Read More Here

On Saturday October 25, 2008 five panels of studio owners, managers, designers, producers and engineers, live sound company owners, engineers, and gear designers who were or are active in the Toronto pro audio world assembled together at Ryerson's Eaton Theatre to discuss the motivations, the challenges, and developments in studio recording and live mixing technologies, practices and equipment/facility designs with a view to what made Toronto unique.

The conference included the taping of a video historical documentary, with short interviews of the many attendees who were involved in the AES and the Toronto music industry over the past forty years.

The following is an excerpt from that DVD, featuring Jack Richardson (Nimbus Nine, Fanshawe College).

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