Glyn Johns

Glyn Johns

Glyn Johns

Glyn Johns is the author of Sound Man and was the producer or engineer of a number of rock’s classic albums, including those by The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Faces, The Eagles, and Eric Clapton and so many more. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. In the 1960s, Johns began working as a recording studio engineer at IBC Studios, London and was able to try his skills at production and recording at the weekends. Johns developed a unique approach to the recording of drums, known as the “Glyn Johns Method”, characterized by an unusual overhead mic arrangement. The key to the method is to keep both overhead mics equidistant from the center of the snare. This method has been used consistently in professional recording to this day. In 1969, Johns was called upon to rescue the troublesome Get Back sessions for The Beatles. Johns compiled several versions of the album, which were all rejected by the band, before the project was eventually turned over to producer Phil Spector. Spector’s version became the released album, which was retitled Let It Be. Johns’ subsequent work on the first three albums by The Eagles was fundamental in establishing the group’s sound and style.  In 1971, he recorded and mixed The Who‘s Who’s Next. His influence on Faces‘ 1972 album A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… to a Blind Horse, which he co-produced with the band, can be gauged from the message that follows the credits: ‘Thank you Glyn, you made all the difference’. Johns’ output slowed down in the mid 1980s, although he undertook work with Midnight Oil, Nanci Griffith, and Belly.

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