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  • Carl Abraham Zimring
    Eric Burdon may not have liked what he did with the Animals, but I think the results were terrific. Didn t Jimmy Page get his start doing sessions for Most?
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      Eric Burdon may not have liked what he did with the Animals, but I think
      the results were terrific. Didn't Jimmy Page get his start doing sessions
      for Most? And is RAK Studios still in business?

      Carl Z.

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      http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/arts/AP-Obit-Most.html

      Music Producer Mickie Most Dies at 64
      By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

      Filed at 8:51 p.m. ET

      LONDON (AP) -- Mickie Most, a music producer who helped craft the sound of
      the 1960s' ``British invasion,'' has died. He was 64.

      Most died of cancer on Friday at his home in north London, his family said.

      Born Michael Peter Hayes in Aldershot, England in 1938, Most broke into
      Britain's fledgling rock 'n' roll scene in the 1950s as a member of the
      Most Brothers. The band failed to make it big, but the name stuck.

      Moving to his wife's homeland of South Africa, he topped the charts by
      covering U.S. hits with his band The Playboys.

      But his biggest influence was as a producer who helped British acts like
      The Animals, Lulu and Donovan break into the United States.

      ``Mickie's musical success in the U.S. stemmed from his monthly trips to
      New York and L.A. carrying a briefcase full of his latest tapes,'' said
      longtime friend Deke Arlon. ``He knocked on the doors of top record
      executives and wouldn't leave until they'd heard his music.''

      Among the hits he produced were The Animals' ``House of the Rising Sun'' --
      an international smash in 1964 -- ``I'm Into Something Good'' by Herman's
      Hermits and Donovan's ``Sunshine Superman.''

      ``He had an incredible skill in picking songs -- he could pick a song on
      the moon,'' said songwriter Nicky Chinn, who worked with Most in the 1970s.

      His commercial pop instincts fit less well with the hard-rocking Yardbirds
      -- the ``Little Games'' album he recorded with them in 1967 was a flop.

      Through the 1970s and 80s Most worked with commercially -- if not always
      critically -- successful bands including The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Smokie and
      Hot Chocolate. He also was a panelist on the TV talent show ``New Faces,''
      renowned for his withering assessment of hopefuls' talent.

      He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. His funeral will be
      held on June 9 in London.
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