Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie's engineer, Jimmy Robinson dies aged 67

music news 07/02/2018

Jimmy Robinson, a recording engineer who worked with David Bowie and Jim Hendrix has died aged 67.

Robinson also played played guitar, piano, bass, trumpet, saxophone and drums.

In the late 60's Robinson was in a band called the Nowhere Men when jazz drummer, Buddy Miles hired him as tenor saxophonist and brought him to New York where he impressed Hendrix and was hired as an assistant engineer.

One of his first bits of work was to record the first-ever live show by Hendrix and Miles' Band of Gypsys in 1969. 

Robinson soon developed a partnership with Hendrix’s studio assistant Eddie Kramer, and they both worked regularly with the guitarist. Robinson moved to Hendrix’s Electric Lady studio in 1970.

In 1974, he became a member of Paris which was the band formed by Bob Welch, previously from Fleetwood Mac.

Robinson was credited with bringing Welch back to music and overseeing two successful solo albums in the late '70s.

"Jimmy and I were both big fans of Led Zeppelin at the time," Welch once said. "We conceived of forming a band, Paris, which would be more like Zeppelin than Fleetwood Mac. [Bassist] Glen Cornick was also in favor of this; we all wanted to rock ‘hard,’ yet with ‘depth,’ like we felt Zeppelin was doing."

Robinson also worked on Bowie’s Station to Station album.

Other collaborations included sessions with Jimmy Page, Sammy Hagar and Van Morrison. 

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock