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2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Glyn Johns

Glyn Johns

  • Year:
  • Inducted by:
    Robbie Patterson
  • Category:
    Award for Musical Excellence
Glyn Johns

Hall of Fame Essay


Brad Tolinski

In sports they say the most valuable athlete is not necessarily the headline-grabbing superstar, but rather the team player who elevates everyone on the field. By that definition, producer/engineer Glyn Johns has been rock & roll’s MVP for close to five decades.

Even at a glance, his discography is extraordinary. As a recording technician, he has captured some of the most exciting and dramatic performances in music history, including the Who’s “My Generation,” the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter,” and Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused.”

As a producer, he’s worked his subtle magic on the first three albums by the Eagles, Who’s Next by the Who, A Nod Is as Good as a a Blind Horse by the Faces, and Slowhand by Eric Clapton,"among many others. Of Johns’ work, Pete Townshend has said, “We were just getting astounded at the sounds he was producing.”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2012
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