Tuesday brought with it some sad news in the music community, as Grammy-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.
Known for a body of work that included prestigious releases from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Buddy Guy and many more, Cherney won four Grammy Awards (out of five nominations). He also won an Emmy for his contributions to television, as well.
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dear friend and brilliant engineer Ed Cherney.
We will be forever grateful for the laughs, love and great music he made with us at Capitol.
We will miss you always, Eddie. pic.twitter.com/toayAsJZdt
— Capitol Studios (@capitolstudios) October 23, 2019
“To be open, honest, & giving. If I can manage to do that, every day is an 'anything-can-happen-day.'” It was this natural humility & kindness, with an innate sense of talent & accessibility that made Ed Cherney a beloved–& revered– icon in our community. https://t.co/vzBwGrI9Ak pic.twitter.com/MPOcfiAdkr
— NAMM (@NAMM) October 23, 2019
The Recording Academy left a lengthy memorial piece on its website honoring Cherney’s life and legacy. A snippet:
Beyond a studio creative, Cherney was a strong advocate for the rights of music makers. He was a founding member of the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, a Los Angeles Chapter Board member and an Academy Trustee. In 2019, he also served as the Broadcast Audio Advisor for the 61st GRAMMY Awards telecast
Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan said the loss would be felt throughout the industry.
“The Recording Academy is deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and GRAMMY-winning producer and engineer Ed Cherney,” she said in a statement. “He was beloved by so many in our music community and was an inspiring influence with an unyielding commitment to furthering his craft. This is a terrible loss for our industry, and Ed will be dearly missed. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, and creative collaborators during this difficult time.”
GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair said on Facebook that Cherney “made the world a better brighter place through the music he created and who he was and how he lived his life.”