Jeremy Andrew "Andy" Johns (20 May 1950 – 7 April 2013) was a British sound engineer and record producer, who worked on several well-known rock albums, including the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street (1972), Television's Marquee Moon (1977), and a series of albums by Led Zeppelin during the 1970s.[1] His sound is exemplified by Free's album Highway, which he engineered and produced.[2][3][4]

Andy Johns
Birth nameJeremy Andrew Johns
Born(1950-05-20)20 May 1950
Died7 April 2013(2013-04-07) (aged 62)
Los Angeles
Occupation(s)Record producer, sound engineer
Years active1960s–2013


Johns, the younger brother of engineer Glyn Johns, attended The King's School, Gloucester, England in the mid to late 1960s. Before his nineteenth birthday, he was working as Eddie Kramer's second engineer on recordings by Jimi Hendrix and many others. In a career spanning more than forty years, he engineered or produced records by artists ranging from Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones to Van Halen and Rod Stewart, whose sales total in excess of 160 million copies.[5]

Johns was the father of Hurt's former drummer, Evan Johns, and of rock singer/guitarist Will Johns, and uncle of producer Ethan Johns (son of Glyn Johns).

Johns died on 7 April 2013, after a short stay in a Los Angeles hospital being treated for complications from a stomach ulcer. He was 62. Johns is survived by his wife Anet; sons Evan, Jesse and William; grandchildren Lennon, Everly, Charlie and Luca; sister Susan Johns; and brother Glyn Johns.[6]


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  1. ^ Sisario, Ben (19 April 2013). "Andy Johns, 62, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin Engineer, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Legendary Engineer Andy Johns Looks Back at His Work with Free". 28 May 2008. Archived from the original on 30 May 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  3. ^ "The Mixing Engineer's Handbook – Andy Johns Interview". Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  4. ^ Dave Lewis (2003). The Tight But Loose Files. Omnibus. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-84449-056-1.
  5. ^ "Andy Johns Interview: The Man Behind the Sound of Rock n Roll : Guitar Interviews". Archived from the original on 27 April 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  6. ^ "LED ZEPPELIN, VAN HALEN PRODUCER ANDY JOHNS DIES". AP. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  7. ^ Joel Selvin (10 May 2009). "Guitarist Satriani joins Hagar for Chickenfoot fun". SFGate. Retrieved 8 April 2013.

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