Andy Johns Dies: Legendary British Sound Engineer Dead At 61 [REPORT]

By iScience Times Staff Reporter on April 8, 2013 11:29 PM EDT

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Andy Johns, the legendary British sound engineer, died at 61. He was best known for recording albums with Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and more. (Photo: flickr.com / kainet)

Andy Johns, one of the most prolific sound engineers and music producers of all time, died at the age of 61. He worked with bands such as Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and many more of the best rock bands of all time. The cause of his death has not been released.

Andy Johns reportedly entered the hospital 10 days prior to his death. "Andy's health wasn't all that great over the last six months or so, but he was still Andy," said Stacey Blades, a guitarist that was working on a project with Johns, in a CNN report. "When I got the call yesterday I was shocked."

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Andy Johns helped many musicians record their best work. He's known for repeatedly teaming up with Led Zeppelin for albums such as "Led Zeppelin II," "Led Zeppelin IV," "Houses of the Holy" and more. Andy Johns was the younger brother of Glyn Johns, who was an Olympic studios engineer. He spent lots of his time around the studio starting much earlier than most other accomplished sound engineers. By the age of 19, he was already working on legendary albums with the most iconic bands of the era.

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Musicians of all eras and styles took to Twitter to pay homage to the iconic British sound engineer. Fans from all over the world chimed in, too. Andy John's death was heartbreaking to fans of 1960s British rock. Here's how people on reacted to the news on Twitter:

"RIP Andy Johns. 1 of the great engineer/producers of our time; Free, Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, the list goes on. He will be sorely missed," tweeted Slash.

"RIP Andy Johns, producer for Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones: According to Billboard, acclaimed producer a... http://bit.ly/10BIjXz ," tweeted Kitty Hawke.

"Zeppelin, Stones engineer Andy Johns dead at 61 http://at.cnn.com/F563SEh ," tweeted CNN Entertainment.

"R.I.P. Andy Johns. You will be missed by music lovers everywhere. Love and condolences to the Johns family," tweeted Reeve Carney.

"Just posted Trunk Report on the passing of Andy Johns. http://eddietrunk.com/48-rip-andy-johns/ ...," tweeted Eddie Trunk.

"R.I.P. Andy Johns, an engineer and producer who knew how to reproduce the sound of a band that sounded good already. #zep #televison #stones," tweeted Sasha Frere-Jones.

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