RIP producer and SNL music supervisor Hal Wilner

It appears that the coronavirus took Hal Wilner, a respected producer who worked with Lou Reed, Marianne Faithful, and Jeff Buckley. He also worked for Saturday Night Live as a music supervisor and was the guy behind some all-star tribute albums. He was 64.

Other people to benefit from the Wilner touch on various projects were Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Keith Richards, Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Ringo Starr, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Father John Misty, Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, and many more.

In 1980, he joined Saturday Night Live to chose the music for skits.

No cause of death has been given yet, but close friends say he was suffering symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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