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John Timperley, 2005

Engineer (Coda)

John was a hugely influential figure on music recording in the UK and beyond, being involved with several famous facilities and numerous high profile bands and projects. He trained at IBC in London in the late 1950s, working primarily on classical recordings and the nascent pop scene with his long time friend Keith Grant. He moved to Rymuse Studios (Mayfair) where he recorded the first Cream LP and numerous '60s hits.

After a brief spell at Olympic, John was asked to set up the recording studios at Chappell's Bond Street where he was subsequently engaged as manager and chief engineer. Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett and Shirley Bassey all passed through those doors, as well as jazz musicians Thelonius Monk, Count Basle and Stephanie Grappelli. During this time he worked on Magical Mystery Tour where he first met Paul McCartney. John would continued to work for Macca on and off throughout his career on works like 1991's Liverpool Oratoria.

In the 1990s, Timperley moved to recording and mixing for films, including Lord Of The Flies, Lost In Space and The Pianist.

Recording and mixing engineer John Timperley died in late September 2006 of leukaemia. He was 65.


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