The legendary producer who worked the boards for the Stones and Zeppelin has died
By Alex Baker
Andy Johns, the legendary record producer who worked with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, passed away Sunday at the age of 61. No immediate cause of death has been made available.
Andy Johns worked on some of the most influential rock and roll album of all time, including the Stones Exile on Main Street and Sticky Fingers as well as Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy.
Although Andy had initially wanted to be a bass player, he wound up following his older brother Glyn Johns into the record business. One of his first gigs was working as tape operator on the sessions for Hendrix’s Axis: Bold as Love.
Other bands Andy worked with during his long and celebrated career include the likes of Van Halen, Mott the Hoople, Television, Humble Pie, and Jethro Tull.
Born in Surrey, England, Andy relocated to Los Angeles in Seventies where he established productive working relationships with Ozzy Osborne, L.A. Guns and Joni Mitchell among others.
Queen guitarist Brian May called Johns a “lovely guy – patient, skilled, funny, encouraging, sharp. . . all the qualities you want in someone who is getting your music on to tape.”
Guitar Shop TV had the privilege to chat with Andy Johns a couple of years ago.
Watch part one of our exclusive interview with Andy, in which he discusses his work with Led Zeppelin.
You were one of a kind Andy and you will be missed!