RIP Mickie Most
- 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?
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.