Record Producer Arif Mardin Dies

Eleven-time Grammy Award-winning record producer Arif Mardin died Sunday (June 25) in New York at age 72 of pancreatic cancer. A native of Turkey, Mardin moved to the U.S. in 1958 and began working at Atlantic Records in 1963. As a record producer, Mardin is best known for his sessions with Aretha Franklin, the Young Rascals and Bette Midler and for working with the Bee Gees on songs that appeared on the Saturday Night Fever film soundtrack. Mardin produced John Prine’s self-titled debut album released in 1972 and later produced the singer-songwriter’s Sweet Revenge and Diamonds in the Rough. At Atlantic, Mardin produced Willie Nelson’s The Troublemaker, although the gospel album was never released until it was issued by Columbia Records in 1972. More recently, Mardin co-produced Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me and Feels Like Home.