Memphis Legend Jim Dickinson Dies at 67
Memphis producer, musician and legend Jim Dickinson died on Saturday morning at 4 AM. Jim was an integral part of the beginning of Ardent and had been involved with us for four decades. Our hearts go out to his family and all those that he touched through the years. (In the picture, L to R: John Fry, Jody Stephens, John Hampton, and Jim Dickinson)
From Mr Bonzai’s piece in Pro Sound News:
Ardent Studios founder John Fry and the extended family of musicians who were touched by Dickinson mourn the loss of a man whose career spanned more than four decades.
John Fry recollects the influence of Jim Dickinson on Memphis and Ardent Studios, “Our friendship and professional relationship spanned 45 years. Jim was the first independent record producer I ever worked with while I was still recording in the home studio I had built as a teenager. When Ardent opened as a commercial studio in 1966, Jim joined the staff as a producer/engineer and was instrumental in building the business during those first few years. The projects he worked on at Ardent over the decades are too numerous to mention, but two that stand out for me are Big Star’s third album recorded in 1975 and the Replacements’ ‘Pleased To Meet Me’. Jim was a treasured friend to the Ardent family, and he will be sorely missed.”