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The Art of Music Publishing by Helen Gammons

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CHAPTER

The producer and the song

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Rod Gammons (producer/writer)

It would be hard to write about the role of the record producer without first highlighting the extraordinary work of the early pioneers of modern record production. The first sea-change happened in the 1950s, with the birth of rock ‘n’ roll when producer Sam Phillips opened his Memphis Recording Services studio, signing Elvis and creating Sun Records. However, what we now consider to be modern record production started following a second dramatic change in musical style and recording techniques that kicked off in 1962 with the song ‘Telstar’, produced by Joe Meek, closely followed by releases from The Beatles produced (and orchestrally arranged) by George Martin, the mighty ...

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