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OBITUARIES / PASSINGS / Greg Ladanyi

Grammy-winning rock producer

September 30, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Greg Ladanyi, 57, a Grammy Award-winning producer who worked with Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Fleetwood Mac and other rock bands, died Tuesday at a hospital in the Republic of Cyprus, according to his record company, Maple Jam Music Group.

Ladanyi suffered severe head trauma Friday during an on-stage accident while on tour with singer Anna Vissi.

An engineer, mixer and producer, Ladanyi shared a Grammy in 1982 with three others for engineering Toto's album "Toto IV."

He received more than a dozen Grammy nominations, including as a producer on Don Henley's record "The Boys of Summer" in 1986, and as an engineer for Los Jaguares' album "Bajo El Azul De Tu Misterio" at the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards in 2000.

Ladanyi was a producer on three Henley albums, starting with his 1982 solo debut, "I Can't Stand Still."

His production credits include Fleetwood Mac's 1990 album "Behind the Mask," guitar virtuoso Jeff Healey's 1988 album "See the Light," the Church's "Starfish" from 1988, the Cruzados' 1987 album "After Dark" and David Lindley's 1981 album "El Rayo-X."

Ladanyi worked on six albums with Browne, starting as an engineer on "The Pretender" in 1976.

Born in Elkhart, Ind., in 1952, Ladanyi grew up in Los Angeles.

He worked as a doorman at Gazzari's, a rock club on the Sunset Strip, before learning about record engineering and producing at the Sound Factory. He formed the Maple Jam record label in 2004.

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