Record Producers

Record producers—also known as music producers—are the professionals who oversee and manage the sound recording and production of a band or an artiste’s music. They play a major role in the success of any artiste’s career. Everyone knows how famous the Beatles were at one point of time, but just a few would be aware of the role their record producer Sir George Martin played in their massive success! As the band was composed of young men still wet behind the ears, it was the more experienced Martin who ensured that their records only featured the best the band had to offer to the world. Berry Gordy, the founder of the Motown record label, was yet another formidable record producer who produced music for Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye, and was responsible for all the wonderful songs these artistes released! When talking of record producers, how can we forget the man who managed the music of the legendary Elvis Presley? While Sam Phillips gained fame for producing records for Elvis, he also worked with other great musical stars like Howlin’ Wolf, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. Read on to learn more about the life and works of famous record producers from across the globe!

 1 Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: November 24, 1991

Legendary singer, songwriter and lead vocalist of the British rock band, Queen, Frederick Bulsara adopted the name Freddie Mercury which aptly suits his on-stage vibrant and exuberant persona. A four-octave vocal range musician, Mercury owned every stage he set foot on as much with his vivid performance as with his superhuman voice modulation.  

 2 George Michael

George Michael
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: December 25, 2016

George Michael is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham and later went solo. His first solo single Careless Whisper reached number one in over 20 countries. He came out as gay in 1998. He was often in news for his personal life and legal troubles.

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 3 The Weeknd

The Weeknd
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

One of the most successful Canadian recording artists, singer-songwriter, the Weeknd, holds several chart records and has won numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards. Despite a difficult childhood marred by drug abuse and violence, he persevered and worked hard to emerge as a beloved music star. He is actively involved in philanthropy.

 4 David Lee Roth

David Lee Roth
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Record producer, Radio personality, Composer,
Birthdate: October 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 5 Claire Elise Boucher

Claire Elise Boucher
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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: March 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

Claire Elise Boucher is a musician whose music incorporates elements of various genres like electronic, hip-hop, and R&B, which reflects her hard-partying and volatile lifestyle; she once tried sailing down the Mississippi River in a houseboat built by her and a friend before the boat was impounded. Open about her drug use in the past, Boucher now advocates against hard drugs.

 6 Post Malone

Post Malone
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Much appreciated for his introspective songwriting, singer-songwriter, Post Malone ,is the first-ever solo artist to top both the Billboard Rap Airplay and Adult Contemporary charts as a lead artist. His music covers a range of genres including country, grunge, rap, and R&B. He has been accused of  "appropriating" African-American culture and has been called a “culture vulture".

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 7 A.B. Quintanilla

A.B. Quintanilla
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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: December 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 8 Mac Miller

Mac Miller
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Famous As: American Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: September 7, 2018

Before his death at the age of 26, Mac Miller had a major impact as a rapper and songwriter. Blue Slide Park, his studio album, became the first independently distributed maiden album since 1995 to top the US Billboard 200. His personal life was marred by depression, substance abuse, and legal issues. He died of drug overdose.

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 9 Noah Reid

Noah Reid
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

 10 David Foster

David Foster
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

Canadian musician, composer, and arranger David Foster is a prominent figure in the international music scene and has worked with the likes of  Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, and Madonna. The winner of 16 Grammy Awards, he has also been nominated for the Academy Awards thrice. He launched the David Foster Foundation to help sick children.

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 11 50 Cent

50 cent
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

From selling drugs and getting arrested in his teens to becoming one of the world’s best-selling rappers, Curtis James Jackson III’s journey has been an interesting one. Better known by his stage name 50 Cent, his albums have sold in millions. However, despite being one of the richest celebrities, he filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015 due to financial troubles.

 12 Avicii

Avicii
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Famous As: Musician, DJ
Birthdate: September 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Swedish
Died: April 20, 2018

Avicii was a Swedish international DJ, remixer, musician and songwriter. He attained fame with his single, Levels, in 2011. His debut studio album, True, released in 2013 received positive reviews. His second studio album, Stories, was released in 2015. He suffered from mental health issues and died by suicide at age 28. His third album, Tim, was released posthumously in 2019.

 13 FKA twigs

FKA twigs
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 14 Suge Knight

Suge Knight
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Famous As: Record Producer & Music Executive
Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

American businessman and co-founder of a successful music label. Death Row Records, Suge Knight has been a controversial figure. He had been in and out of prison for a number of years for charges like theft, racketeering, attempt to murder and parole violation, before he was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the a hit-and-run incident in October 2018.

 15 Finneas O'Connell

Finneas O'Connell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Finneas O'Connell is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer. He has played an important role in the success of his younger sister Billie Eilish's career as he has written and produced many of her popular songs. He has written and produced songs for other famous music artists as well.

 16 RM

RM
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South Korean
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 17 Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 18 Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 19 Jewel

Jewel
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 20 Steven Van Zandt

Steven Van Zandt
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Famous As: Actor, Musician, Screenwriter, Record producer, Disc jockey, Singer, Television actor, Guitarist, Pianist, Composer
Birthdate: November 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 21 Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer
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Famous As: Film score composer
Birthdate: September 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German

German film score composer and record producer Hans Zimmer has composed music for over 150 films so far. He developed a love for music as a child and started playing professionally when he was in his teens. He eventually ventured into films. He is the recipient of four Grammy Awards and three Classical BRIT Awards.

 22 Phil Spector

Phil Spector
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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: December 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Music producer Phil Spector invented the Wall of Sound music production formula. He was part of the band Teddy Bears and collaborated with the Wrecking Crew. With Philles Records, he became the youngest American label owner. He was later sentenced to life for the murder of actor/model Lana Clarkson.
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 23 ASAP Rocky

ASAP Rocky
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Rapper ASAP Rocky gained fame with his debut mixtape, LiveLoveA$AP. He released two consecutive Billboard 200-topping albums, Long. Live. ASAP and At. Long. Last. A$AP. Fans loved his Grammy-nominated single Fuckin' Problems. He also produces using the pseudonym Lord Flacko and is part of the hip-hop collective A$AP Mob.

 24 Keith Richards

Keith Richards
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

Keith Richards is a musician and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular rock bands ever, The Rolling Stones. Also a guitarist, he was ranked fourth on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 best guitarists list in 2011. Richards' look and characterization inspired the character of Captain Teague who appears in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

 25 P!nk

P!nk
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 26 Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer
Birthdate: May 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 27 Brandy Norwood

Brandy Norwood
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Actor, Record producer
Birthdate: February 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

The singer of chartbuster songs like The Boy Is Mine, I Wanna be Down and Sittin' Up in My Room, Brandy Norwood is known for her raspy and husky voice. Most of her songs are about love, relationships and heartache. She was involved in a car accident in 2006, leading to multiple lawsuits, which were eventually settled out of court.

 28 Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Bebe Rexha is an American singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, Rexha has contributed to the success of songs recorded by artists like Eminem, Nick Jonas, and Selena Gomez. Her debut album Expectations did well in the US. Having described her sexual orientation as fluid, Rexha serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community; she is also a supporter of the community.  

 29 Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 30 Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: November 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 31 Teddy Geiger

Teddy Geiger
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 32 Jack Antonoff

Jack Antonoff
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 33 Dhanush

Dhanush
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 34 Bhushan Kumar

Bhushan Kumar
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: November 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 35 Lorde

Lorde
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Croatian

Lorde is a New Zealand singer-songwriter best known for contributing to the soundtrack of the popular American sci-fi adventure film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Her song Yellow Flicker Beat was released as the lead single from the film's successful soundtrack. In 2013 and 2014, she was featured in Time magazine's most influential teenagers list.

 36 DJ Khaled

DJ Khaled
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Famous As: Disc Jockey
Birthdate: November 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Founder of We the Best Music Group record label, DJ Khaled is an internationally acclaimed DJ and record producer. He has won prestigious awards, such as the Grammy and American Music Award. Apart from music, Khaled is also known for his acting and writing skills; his book, The Keys, was named in New York Times Best Seller list.

 37 Frankie Muniz

Frankie Muniz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 38 Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Israeli, American

Co-founder of the rock band Kiss, Gene Simmons is also known by his stage persona, The Demon.  With his band, he has over 25 gold-certified albums. A devoted philanthropist, he has donated to charities related to underprivileged children. He created an animated series and owns a magazine and a label.

 39 Clint Black

Clint Black
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 40 Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: June 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Brian Wilson is a singer-songwriter and record producer. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Beach Boys. Referred to as a genius, Wilson serves as an inspiration to several indie musicians. Regarded as one of the most significant songwriters of his generation, Wilson is often featured in lists, such as the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.

 41 Chief Keef

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Famous As: Rapper, Singer, Record Producer, Composer
Birthdate: August 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Chief Keef is a hip-hop sensation who has revolutionized the drill and trap sub-genres. His track I Don’t Like was remixed by Kanye West and was featured on the Billboard Rap Top 20. He was dropped by the label Interscope for several legal issues and then formed his own label.

 42 Sonny Bono

Sonny Bono
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 5, 1998
Sonny Bono formed the musical duo Sonny & Cher, with his second wife, Cher. They also starred in The Sonny and Cher Show. He also served as the mayor of Palm Springs and a congressman for California's 44th district. The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act was named after him.

 43 Van Morrison

Van Morrison
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, Northern Irish

Northern Irish singer, Van Morrison, garnered recognition in the 1960s while playing with the band, Them, and then later as a solo singer with the 1967 song Brown Eyed Girl. Over the years, he has released more than 40 albums. Astral Weeks, Moondance, Wavelength, Down the Road and Keep It Simple are some of his acclaimed and commercially successful albums.

 44 Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Seven-time Grammy-winning music producer and DJ Mark Ronson shot to fame with Amy Winehouse’s album Back to Black and single Rehab, and his own single Uptown Funk, featuring Bruno Mars. He won both the Grammy and the Golden Globe for co-writing Shallow. He supports disadvantaged children and budding artists.

 45 Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Widely regarded as the queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu is an American singer-songwriter whose debut studio album Baduizm helped popularize neo-soul in the late-1990s. Thanks to her popularity, Erykah Badu serves as a subject for street art in several places, including Greater London, England. Also an actress, Badu has appeared in popular films, such as The Cider House Rules.

 46 Akon

Akon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Akon is one of the most successful R&B, hip hop and rap singers in the world. His albums Trouble, Konvicted, Freedom, El Negreeto and Akonda have many chartbusters songs. He has also founded record labels Akonik Label Group, KonLive Distribution and Konvict Mizik. He courted controversy in 2007 for an onstage act involving simulated sex with a 15-year-old girl.

 47 Maren Morris

Maren Morris
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: April 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Maren Morris is an American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Many of her songs and albums have performed well on Billboard charts; her album Hero peaked at the fifth position on Billboard 200. As a songwriter, Maren Morris has contributed to the success of several songs recorded by artists like Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Jessie James Decker, and Aubrey Peeples.

 48 Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland
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Famous As: Singer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: December 3, 2015

Scott Weiland was an American singer and songwriter. He is credited with co-creating the popular rock band Stone Temple Pilots where he served as the lead singer. He was also part of two supergroups, namely Velvet Revolver and Art of Anarchy. Known for his chaotic and flamboyant onstage persona, Weiland is widely viewed as a versatile vocalist.

 49 Enya

Enya
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Irish

 50 Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer, Film score composer
Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
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