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John Timperley (1941 – September 2006), was a British audio engineer, who worked on recordings of a number of important musicians and groups from the 1960s to the 1990s.

John Timperley
Born1941 (1941)
DiedSeptember 2006 (2006-10) (aged 65)
OccupationBritish audio engineer

Timperley was influential in the music recording industry in the United Kingdom and other countries. He gained his training at the IBC studies in London in the late 1950s, working with his long time friend, Keith Grant, primarily on classical recordings and the early pop music. He then worked at Ryemuse Studios (later known as Mayfair Studios) where he recorded Cream's first LP[1] and numerous hits in the 1960s.

He then briefly worked at Olympic Studios, before being asked to set up the new Chappell recording studios at Bond Street where he subsequently became manager and chief engineer. At this time Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, Shirley Bassey Thelonious Monk, Count Bassie and Stephane Grappelli all recorded at Chappell under Timperly's control. During this time he was involved in the recordings for Magical Mystery Tour where he first met Paul McCartney, establishing a relationship which continued on and off throughout his career with works including the 1991 Liverpool Oratorio.[2] In 1976 through 1977, Timperley was the sound engineer for Going for the One (1977) by Yes.

In 1991 Timperley produced the album A Tribute to Hollywood featuring Academy Award winning songs from many decades from a cappella to Big Band accompaniment with Cantabile - the London Quartet

In the 1990s, Timperley started undertaking film soundtrack recording and mixing, including Lord of the Flies, Lost in Space and The Pianist.[3] Timperley died in late September 2006 at the age of 65 of leukemia.


  1. ^ "Fresh Cream Sessions Graeme Pattingale, 2001". Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  2. ^ "John Timperley | Led Zeppelin: Achilles Last Stand, 1996 - 2015". Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  3. ^ "John Timperley - IMDb". Retrieved 1 November 2015.