Mike Vernon (producer)

Mike Vernon (producer)

Mike Vernon (born Michael William Hugh Vernon, 20 November 1944, Harrow, Middlesex, England) is an English record producer.[1] He produced albums for British blues artists and groups during the late 1960s, working with the Bluesbreakers, David Bowie, Duster Bennett, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John Mayall, Christine McVie and Ten Years After amongst others.[2]

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Biography

Vernon is best known as the founder of the blues record label, Blue Horizon.[1] Several of his recordings appeared there, as well as on the lesser known labels, Purdah and Outasite. Although he is primarily associated with the blues, Vernon produced significant acts outside of that field, including Bowie, Focus, and Bloodstone.

After playing for a while in the Mo Jo Men, Vernon started working for Decca Records in 1963, entering production with an album by the Texan Curtis Jones, and following that up with projects by better known American bluesmen, Champion Jack Dupree and Otis Spann. Vernon encouraged John Mayall to record an album with Clapton for Decca, and in 1966, Vernon was in the producer's chair for Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton. Vernon also produced the Bluesbreakers' only album with Clapton's replacement, Peter Green, A Hard Road.[2]

Vernon championed Americans as well, recording Eddie Boyd, Furry Lewis and Bukka White. In the early 1970s, Vernon released a solo album, Moment of Madness. He was also a member of The Olympic Runners (1974–1979) and acted as producer for them. He was a producer and member of Rocky Sharpe and the Replays (1979–1983). With the Replays he sang bass under the psudonym of Eric Rondo.

Vernon's importance to British music went beyond the mixed results he achieved in the recording studio. In a period of about four years, during which Blue Horizon had distribution from CBS Records and Polydor Records, it issued about 60 singles and more than 100 albums, most of them blues records. In the early 1970s, Vernon produced Focus, before moving into soul music in the mid 1970s with Bloodstone and The Olympic Runners.[2]

Over the next couple of decades, Vernon worked at various points with Dr. Feelgood, Chris Farlowe, Freddie King, Frankie Ford and Jimmy Witherspoon plus Level 42, Dexy's Midnight Runners, The Pasadenas, and The Proclaimers. He revived the Blue Horizon label in the late 1980s, and in the 1990s he set up a couple of other blues-oriented labels, Indigo and Code Blue.[2]

Vernon came out of retirement to produce the second album by the British blues prodigy, Oli Brown. The album entitled Heads I Win, Tails You Lose was released in March 2010.

Productions (and other credits)

  • 1965 — Five Long YearsEddie Boyd
  • 1966 — Bluesbreakers with Eric ClaptonJohn Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • 1966 — Art GalleryThe Artwoods
  • 1966 — "The London Boys" — David Bowie
  • 1966 — "Rubber Band" — David Bowie
  • 1966 — Sound of Sitar — Chim Kothari
  • 1967 — Champion Jack Dupree and His Blues BandChampion Jack Dupree featuring Mickey Baker
  • 1967 — "Love You till Tuesday" — David Bowie
  • 1967 — Blues AloneJohn Mayall
  • 1967 — A Hard Road — John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • 1967 — Crusade — John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • 1967 — David Bowie — David Bowie
  • 1967 — Eddie Boyd and His Blues Band — Eddie Boyd (Liner notes)
  • 1967 — Raw Blues — Various Artists
  • 1967 — Shake Down — Savoy Brown
  • 1967 — Ten Years AfterTen Years After
  • 1968 — The 1968 Memphis Country Blues Festival — Various Artists
  • 1968 — Roosevelt Holts: Presenting The Country Blues (production)
  • 1968 — 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to ServeChicken Shack
  • 1968 — 7936 South Rhodes — Eddie Boyd
  • 1968 — Bare Wires — John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • 1968 — Blues from Laurel CanyonJohn Mayall
  • 1968 — Diary of a Band, Vol. 1 — John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • 1968 — Diary of a Band, Vol. 2 — John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • 1968 — Getting to the PointSavoy Brown
  • 1968 — Last Night's DreamJohnny Shines
  • 1968 — Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac
  • 1968 — Mr. WonderfulFleetwood Mac
  • 1968 — UndeadTen Years After (Liner notes)
  • 1968 — Bukka White - Memphis Hot Shots (Production - Liner notes - Photo)
  • 1969 — 100 Ton ChickenChicken Shack
  • 1969 — The Biggest Thing Since ColossusOtis Spann (Liner notes)
  • 1969 — Blue MatterSavoy Brown (Percussion, arranger, assistant)
  • 1969 — Fleetwood Mac in Chicago/Blues Jam in Chicago, Vols. 1-2 — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1969 — English Rose — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1969 — First Slice — Jellybread
  • 1969 — Heavy Blues — Champion Jack Dupree
  • 1969 — Looking Back — John Mayall (Liner notes)
  • 1969 — Midnight JumpSunnyland Slim
  • 1969 — O.K. Ken? — Chicken Shack
  • 1969 - Fiends And Angels - Martha Velez
  • 1969 — Patent Pending — The Johnny Almond Music Machine
  • 1969 — The Pious Bird of Good Omen — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1969 — A Step FurtherSavoy Brown (Percussion, bells)
  • 1969 — StonedhengeTen Years After (Vocals)
  • 1969 — Presenting the Country Blues/Furry Lewis (Production - Lines Notes)
  • 1969 — Presenting the Country Blues/Mississippi Joe Callicott (Production - Lines Notes)
  • 1970 — Stars of the 1969-1970 Memphis Country Blues Festival — Various Artists
  • 1970 — Grease One for Me — Bacon Fat
  • 1970 — In and Out of FocusFocus (Liner notes, supervisor)
  • 1970 — The End of the GamePeter Green
  • 1971 — Black Magic Woman — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1971 — Bring It Back Home — Mike Vernon (Harmonica, percussion, vocals)
  • 1971 — Moving Waves — Focus (Liner notes, supervisor)
  • 1971 — Rick Hayward — Rick Hayward (Liner notes)
  • 1971 — Thru the Years — John Mayall
  • 1972 — Alvin Lee & Company — Ten Years After
  • 1972 — Discovering the BluesRobben Ford
  • 1972 — Focus IIIFocus (Supervisor)
  • 1973 — Live at the RainbowFocus (Supervisor)
  • 1973 — History Of British Blues Vol.1 (Various Artists) (Production - liner notes and on one song)
  • 1974 — BurglarFreddie King (Percussion)
  • 1974 — Hamburger ConcertoFocus
  • 1975 — Larger Than LifeFreddie King (Percussion)
  • 1975 — Love Is a Five Letter WordJimmy Witherspoon (Percussion)
  • 1975 — Out in Front — The Olympic Runners (Percussion)
  • 1975 — Vintage Years — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1976 — Do You Wanna Do a ThingBloodstone
  • 1976 — Gold PlatedClimax Blues Band
  • 1976 — LiveJimmy Witherspoon & Robben Ford (Executive production, editing, mixing)
  • 1977 — Best of Savoy Brown [London] — Savoy Brown
  • 1977 — Edwin StarrEdwin Starr (Tambourine, vibraslap)
  • 1977 — Hot to Trot — The Olympic Runners (Percussion, vocals)
  • 1977 — On the Line — Foster Brothers
  • 1977 — Original Fleetwood Mac — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1977 — Ship of Memories — Focus
  • 1977 — Soul Survivors — Diversions
  • 1978 — Focus con Proby — Focus (Liner notes, supervisor)
  • 1979 — Let It RollDr. Feelgood
  • 1979 — Out of the Ground — The Olympic Runners (Percussion)
  • 1979 — Rama Lama (Replays)Rocky Sharpe & the Replays (Engineer)
  • 1980 — Shout! Shout! — Rocky Sharpe & the Replays (Percussion)
  • 1981 — Level 42Level 42
  • 1982 — Pursuit of AccidentsLevel 42
  • 1983 — Stop Please Stop — Rocky Sharpe & the Replays (Percussion)
  • 1984 — End of the Line — Pete McDonald
  • 1986 — Mad Man BluesDr. Feelgood
  • 1986 — On the LooseSteve Gibbons
  • 1987 — Hat Trick — Blues 'N' Trouble (Percussion)
  • 1988 — CrossroadsEric Clapton
  • 1988 — Great British Psychedelic Trip, Vol. 1, 1966-69 — Various Artists
  • 1988 — John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers — John Mayall
  • 1989 — Level Best — Level 42
  • 1989 — Singles/ The UA Years — Dr. Feelgood
  • 1989 — Steel & Fire — The Mick Clarke Band (Engineer)
  • 1989 — Storyteller - The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990Rod Stewart
  • 1990 — Blues It UpDana Gillespie (Percussion)
  • 1991 — That's What The Blues Can Do - The Innes Sibun Blues Explosion (Production)
  • 1991 — Second SightChris Youlden (Vocals, Engineer)
  • 1992 — 25 Years - The Chain — Fleetwood Mac
  • 1992 — Attack of the Atomic Guitar — U.P. Wilson (Engineer, mixing)
  • 1992 — Blue LightningLightnin' Slim (Mixing)
  • 1992 — Blues, the Whole Blues & Nothing But the Blues — Jimmy Witherspoon (Percussion, engineer, mixing, liner notes)
  • 1992 — Chiswick Story — Various Artists
  • 1992 — Delta BluesmanDavid Honeyboy Edwards
  • 1993 — Dog Days Are Over — The Scabs
  • 1993 — Delta Hurricane — Larry McCray
  • 1993 — Clima Raro — Danza Invisible
  • 1994 — Live Dog — The Scabs
  • 1994 — Sound Like This — The Hoax
  • 1994 — Al Compás de la Banda — Danza Invisible
  • 1996 — A Man Amongst MenBo Diddley (Production, liner notes, percussion)
  • 1999 — The Complete Blue Horizon SessionsFleetwood Mac (Production)
  • 2007 — The Complete Blue Horizon SessionsOtis Spann (Production)
  • 2007 — Furry Lewis & Mississippi Joe Callicott - The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (Production - liner notes - photos)
  • 2007 — The 1968 Memphis Country Blues festival - Bukka White The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (Production - liner notes - Photos)
  • 2008 — The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions — Jellybread (Production - liner notes)
  • 2008 — The Complete Blue Horizon SessionsTop Topham (Production - liner notes)
  • 2008 — The Complete Blue Horizon SessionsKey Largo (Production - liner notes)
  • 2008 — The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions — Gordon Smith (Production - liner notes)
  • 2008 — The Complete Blue Horizon SessionsEddie Boyd (Production - liner notes)
  • 2008 — The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions — Champion Jack Dupree (Production - liner notes)
  • 2010 — Heads I Win, Tails You Lose - Oli Brown (Production)
  • 2010 — Shine - Dani Wilde (Production)
  • 2010 — Fun to Visit - Mingo & The Blues Intruders[3] (Production)

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