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Looking Back With One of Elton’s Former Producers
Posted by editor_usa

Monday 27
December 2010 @ 15:36

Joe Boyd is a Boston-born producer who is now based in London.

After university, he worked as a production and tour manager for George Wein in Europe where he traveled with Muddy Waters and Stan Getz, among others; and at Newport where he supervised Bob Dylans electric debut. In 1966, he opened UFO, a psychedelic ballroom in England. 

His first record production was four tracks by Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse for Elektra in 1966. He went on to produce Pink Floyd, REM and Elton.

The latter came about at a showcase for some songwriters signed to Boyd’s Warlock company. It featured both Elton and Linda Peters (later to become Linda Thompson) singing covers of songs by Nick Drake and a few others.

Joe told EJW that he recalled that Elton was ”a consummate professional as demo singer and pianist” and ”the busiest in Denmark Street.”

The producer, who saw Elton when he made his American debut as the Troubadour in Los Angeles, says he is impressed with the performer’s talent and appreciates his passion for Watford.

Since working with the Rocket Man, Boyd has been involved in cinema as well as music. This included a partnership with Don Simpson to develop film projects. He also started Hannibal Records, which he ran for 20 years.

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