Tom Dowd 1925 2002
World renowned producer Tom Dowd passed away yesterday of natural causes in Florida. Dowd worked with countless legendary artists including The Allman Brothers, John Coltrane, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dizzy Gillespie, Ornette Coleman, Thelonius Monk and Tito Puente, among others. He won a Grammy Award in 2002 for his significant contributions to the music world. Most recently, he produced portions of Susan Tedeschis forthcoming album, Wait for Me.
Dowd produced the Allman Brothers landmark live album Live at Fillmore East in 1971.
Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks released a statement today: I could go on forever about Tom. I will simply say that he was the best producer, bar none, that rock and roll has ever seen or will see. He did things that very few people even know about that changed forever the way we
listen to music. Most importantly he forced the people he worked with to find
the very best that they had in them. (The world would not even have listened
to Layla had it not been for Tom. He put Duane and Eric together and made
the sparks fly). I will also say that I loved him deeply. He was one of the 2
or 3 most influential people in my life. I will miss him more than I could
possibly say. Tom, I love you and miss you and my heart is breaking that I’ll
will never be able to pick up the phone when I need your help, advice or
guidance and hear you call me doctor again.
Toms family has requested there be no formal funeral.