Rest in peace, John Hampton and John Fry

Posted on 19. Dec, 2014 by in News

In the last week, my two greatest mentors passed.

Grammy-award winning engineer / producer John Hampton died on December 12, 2014. John, a four-decade long engineer at Memphis’ Ardent Studios, had an illustrious career working with top artists including the White Stripes, Replacements, Gin Blossoms, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughn, and Travis Tritt, among many more. John was the man that taught me ‘how to listen’, and was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known.

John Fry, founder and legendary producer of Ardent Studios, died on December 18, 2014. For fifty years, he was the rock of Memphis music – a visionary who built a world-renowned studio, he was a sonic innovator and a local industry linchpin. More than anything, though, John Fry was a mentor: to the legendary band Big Star, and to a generation of musicians and music professionals for whom he served as a guiding light, father figure and friend.

Both of these men had a profound effect on me, but far beyond that was the effect they had on not just Memphis music, but the industry as a whole. Their loss creates a massive deficit that will be felt for a long time.

Rest in peace, my friends.

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