Sunday, September 26, 2010

Unsung Pop Heroe

Sound engineers are the unsung heroes of pop music. In the 1950's, young Bill Porter helped producer and guitarist Chet Atkins create the Nashville Sound that eventually became syn-onymous with Rock'n Roll and conquered the world. Bill Porter recorded several Number One singles, among them the Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" and all of Roy Orbison's super hits, such as "Running Scared", "Pretty Woman" and "In Dreams". When Elvis Presley returned from his military service in Germany in early 1960, Bill Porter recorded and mixed in one legendary night session the hit "Stuck on you". He used a Telefunken U-47 microphone instead of the American RCA 77D in order to capture Elvis' unique voice. From then on the king never accepted any other mike.  Porter went on to engineer hits like "His Latest Flame", "Devil in Disguise", "Suspicious Minds" and countless more. 580 of the songs he recorded made it to the US pop charts which makes him the most successful sound engineer of all times. Bill Porter died at the age of 79 in Ogden, Utah on July 7th, 2010.


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  2. I really enjoy your occasional tributes to the amazing behind-the-scenes talent.