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Bruce Swedien, five-time Grammy-winning engineer of Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller,” is dead. The talented audio engineer died at 86

His daughter and musician Roberta Swedien, said her father on 16th November died in Gainesville, Florida, after battling an illness and complications from surgery. The New York Times reported that he tested positive for the coronavirus but was asymptomatic.

“He had a long life full of love, great music, big boats and a beautiful marriage. We will celebrate that life. He was loved by everyone.” Roberta Swedien posted on Facebook.

Bruce Swedien had more than 65 years of music industry experience. He was best known for his collaborations on Jackson’s hit albums “Thriller” and “Off the Wall.” He had recording sessions with some of music’s biggest names including Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Duke Ellington, and Diana Ross.

Bruce Swedien, Five-Time Grammy-Winning Audio Engineer Dies At 86

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Swedien landed a position at Universal Studios receiving mentorship from legendary engineer Bill Putnam. His career rose to new heights when he teamed up with Quincy Jones to mix the soundtrack “The Wiz” before both collaborated on Jackson’s 1979 debut album “Off the Wall.”

He worked as an engineer on three more albums for Jackson, including “Thriller,” “Bad” and “Dangerous.” Swedien won Grammys for those albums in the best-engineered album, non-classical category then two more for Quincy Jones’ albums “Q’s Jook Joint” and “Back on the Block.”

Swedien is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bea, and two daughters.


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