Posted in music on December 23, 2013

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Queen and David Bowie producer David Richards passed away on Friday (December 20) after suffering a long, undisclosed illness.

Richards began working at London's Chappell Studios in 1973 before moving to Montreux, Switzerland where he found work at the then just-opened Mountain Studios. By the time he turned 21, he had already risen to chief engineer at the studio that he would later come to own.

He co-produced Queen's final four albums, 'A Kind Of Magic', 'The Miracle', 'Innuendo', 'Made In Heaven', along with Iggy Pop's 'Blah Blah Blah' and David Bowie's 'Never Let Me Down', 'The Buddha Of Suburbia' and 'Outside'. The producer also won a Juno award in 1978 for Best Jazz Recording and being one of Billboard Magazine's Producers Of The Month in 1994. [NME]

The NME article also points out that The Cribs have posted a tribute to him on their Facebook that reads:
We are very sad to have today received the news that our friend David Richards has passed away in Montreux.

David was a producer that The Cribs always had a deep admiration for, having produced many of our favourite Queen records back in the 1980's/90's. We had the honour of recording with him back in the late summer of 2012, while working on preliminary sessions for 'In The Belly of The Brazen Bull'.

Rest in peace, David.

You can stream some songs he produced below...

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David Bowie - "Hearts Filthy Lesson"

Iggy Pop - "Cry For Love"

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Comments (6)

A Sound Genius.

Posted by ME | December 23, 2013 10:34 AM

Outside wasn't bad, but Never Let Me Down and BBB were pretty crappy records.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 11:00 AM

BBB had "Cry for Love" at least...and I've always had a soft spot for "Time Will Crawl."

Outside was great, though... and Buddha had its moments.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 11:36 AM

Love all the videos, they're all freaking rock and David Richards, well he got the talents.

Posted by Dennis Wong | December 23, 2013 11:53 AM

The Cribs opinion of Mr. Richards is irrelevant. Why even post it? Might as well have Dev Hynes discussing drug fire safety.

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