October 25, 2021

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Bruce Sweden dies: 86-year-old Grammy-winning audio engineer

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Five-time Grammy-winning audio engineer Bruce Sweden died Monday night Michael was 86 years old.

Musician Roberta Sweden, the daughter of Sweden, shared the news via Facebook and wrote: “My father, Bruce Sweden, passed away peacefully on the night of November 16. The 86-year-old is a music legend for more than 655 years and a five-time Grammy winner, he was known for his work with Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and many more. He lived a long life of love, great music, big boats and a beautiful wedding. We will celebrate that life. He liked everyone. ”

Sweden was born on April 19, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minneapolis. Both his parents were classically trained musicians and led the Swedes to develop a passion for music and recording at a very young age. By his 21st birthday, Sweden was a professional audio engineer, first working for RCA Victor and then working for Universal Recording Corporation under Bill Putnam. In 1962, Sweden starred in Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, which earned him recognition.

Universal met Sweden’s Quincy Jones and the two mixed the soundtrack for “The Wiz” together before starting work on Michael Jackson’s 1979 debut album “Off the Wall”. Jackson teamed up with Swedish Jones on three more albums, recording and mixing “thriller”, “bad” and “dangerous”. Sweden won the Grammy for Best Engineer album in the non-classical category for three albums in 198, 1988 and 1993, respectively. He also won in the same category for Jose’s albums “Back on the Block” and “Queue’s Juke Joint.”

Outside of Jones and Jackson, Swedes have worked as Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Natalie Cole, Mick Jagger, David Haselhoff, Jennifer Lopez, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Barbara Streisand and Donner Summer.

Jones wrote in an Instagram post paying tribute to Sweden: “I’ve always said that after more than four decades, no matter where I go in the world, in every club you wake up, you sound like a clock ticking. Want to start something, “and” thriller. “It was Bruce Sweden’s sonic genius, and to this day I can hear artists trying to replicate him. I will miss your presence every day.”

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