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Tom Dowd Timeline


1925

Tom Dowd is born in New York City.

1947

Tom Dowd is hired as an engineer at Carl Fisher’s recording studio in New York City, where he’ll oversee sessions for the fledgling Atlantic Records and other labels.

1949

Tom Dowd records Eileen Barton’s “If I Knew You Were Coming, I’d Have Baked a Cake,” a Number One hit on National Records.

1949

Tom Dowd records “Drinkin', Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee,” by Stick McGee, inaugurating a relationship with Atlantic Record that will last for decades.

1952

As a part-time engineer for Atlantic Records, Tom Dowd builds a stereo recording console for the label, making it one of the first to embrace two-track recording technology.

1954

After several years of freelance work for the label, Tom Dowd is hired as a full-time Atlantic Records staff engineer.

1967

Cream records Disraeli Gears at Atlantic Records’ New York studio with producer Felix Pappalardi and engineer Tom Dowd.

1970

Tom Dowd oversees the design and construction of Criteria Sound Studios, where he’ll do much of his subsequent work as an engineer and producer.

1970

Tom Dowd introduces Eric Clapton to Duane Allman at an Allman Brothers Band concert. Afterward, Clapton invites Allman to play on Layla...And Other Assorted Love Songs.

1971

Two nights of shows by the Allman Brothers Band at New York’s Fillmore East are recorded by Tom Dowd. Selections are culled for release in July as the double album At Fillmore East.

1974

461 Ocean Boulevard, the first of several Eric Clapton albums produced by Tom Dowd, is released on RSO Records.

1975

Atlantic Crossing, the first of several Rod Stewart albums produced by Tom Dowd, is released on Warner Bros. Records.

1993

Tom Dowd is inducted into the TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Foundation’s Hall of Fame at the 15th annual TEC Awards ceremony in New York City.

2002

Tom Dowd receives the Trustees Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at the 44th annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

2002

Tom Dowd dies of emphysema in Aventura, Florida. He is seventy-seven years old.

2004

Tom Dowd and the Language of Music, a film documentary about the great Atlantic Records engineer and producer, premieres at theaters in ten cities.

2012

Tom Dowd is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual induction dinner. Robbie Robertson is his presenter.

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