RIP Producer Sandy Pearlman

I had a chance to get to know Sandy Pearlman over the last five years when were seated at the same tables at various music conferences. Although American by birth, I knew him as the Schulich Distinguished Chair of Music at McGill in Montreal and later as Centenary Fellow at the McLuhan Center for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. Some people credit him with inventing the term “heavy metal” while he was writing for the long-gone

Before that, he was a record producer, manager (remember Romeo Void and Dio-era Sabbath?) Some people also credit him with inventing the term “heavy metal” while he was writing for the long-gone Crawdaddy magazine.

Sandy was funny, chatty and always ready with a story about working with The Dictators debut record (a huge influence on the early New York punks in the middle 70s), The Clash (he produced their second album) and Blue Oyster Cult. In fact, we can call him one of the original “more cowbell” guys. As the person in the control room for BOC’s 1976 album, Agents of Fortune, he would have

As the person in the control room for BOC’s 1976 album, Agents of Fortune, he would have input on the arrangement of “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” That included adding more cowbell.

BOC’s Albert Bouchard explains what happened in the studio and how it later led to the immortal Will Farrell-written SNL sketch.

More on Sandy can be found here.

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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