Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Steely Dan’s Recording Engineer Needs Our Help


Roger Nichols, the genius who engineered and mixed all of the Steely Dan albums, needs our help. He’s been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The costs are draining him. He’s set up part of his website––to accept donations.

I don’t know if I can stress this enough–producers, engineers, and mixers are the people behind great rock and jazz albums we all consider “classic.” In Nichols’ case, this means “Aja,” the pop music high water mark of the 1970s, as well as the entire remarkable Steely Dan canon. He won Grammy Awards for “Aja” and for Steely Dan’s 2000 return, “Two Against Nature.”

Nichols also counts in discography albums by Placido Domingo and John Denver.

I am sure Nichols is in touch with MusiCares, but an illness likes this costs a staggering amount. For his sublime work on “Deacon Blues,” on “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” on “Pretzel Logic,” every music fan owes him a debt. Let’s help Roger Nichols fight pancreatic cancer.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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