Al Schmitt, Grammy winning engineer and producer, dead at 91

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Al Schmitt with WFMT recording engineer and producer Mary Mazurek at the 2014 Grammy Awards (Photo courtesy Mary Mazurek)

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the world’s most honored musical producers and engineers has died. Twenty-time Grammy winner Al Schmitt, who worked with everyone from Sam Cooke to Steely Dan to Frank Sinatra, was 91. His family says he died Monday in California. Schmitt worked on more than 150 gold records, in a wide range of styles. Schmitt engineered such classic records as Cooke’s “Another Saturday Night” and George Benson’s live cover of “On Broadway.” He produced Jefferson Airplane’s “Volunteers” album and Ray Charles’ “Genius Loves Company,” winner of five Grammys in 2005. He also worked on albums by Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney.


Hillel Italie for the Associated Press