Bruce Swedien, Grammy-winning engineer of 'Thriller,' dies

Bruce Swedien, a five-time Grammy-winning audio engineer who collaborated with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, has died

LOS ANGELES — Bruce Swedien, a five-time Grammy-winning audio engineer who collaborated with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, has died. He was once 86.

His daughter, musician Roberta Swedien, mentioned her father died Nov. 16 in Gainesville, Florida, after fighting an sickness and headaches from surgical procedure. The New York Instances reported that he examined certain for the coronavirus however was once asymptomatic.

“He had a longevity filled with love, nice song, giant boats and a fantastic marriage,” Roberta Swedien posted on Fb. “We can have fun that existence. He was once liked by means of everybody.”

Bruce Swedien had greater than 65 years of song business revel in and was once very best identified for his collaborations on Jackson’s hit albums “Mystery” and “Off the Wall.” He additionally had recording periods with a few of song’s largest names together with Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Duke Ellington and Diana Ross.

Swedien, the son of 2 musicians, landed a place at Common Studios the place he was once mentored by means of mythical engineer, Invoice Putnam. His occupation rose to new heights when he teamed up with Jones to combine the soundtrack “The Wiz” sooner than each collaborated on Jackson’s 1979 debut album “Off the Wall.”

Swedien labored as an engineer on 3 extra albums for Jackson together with “Mystery,” “Unhealthy” and “Unhealthy.” He received Grammys for the ones albums in the most productive engineered album, non-classical class then two extra for Jones’ albums “Q’s Jook Joint” and “Again at the Block.”

Jones posted on social media that he was once “devastated” in regards to the information of Swedien’s loss of life, calling him a sonic genius.

Swedien is survived by means of his spouse, Bea, of 67 years and two daughters. He was once preceded in loss of life by means of his son.

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