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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–www.rogernichols.com–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 began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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.
3 replies to this post
  1. Thanks for bringing this to everyone’s attention Roger. You are so right. Everyone music fan owes Roger Nichols for bringing us such sublime music over the years. The work he did with Steely Dan was outstanding.

  2. Oh so sorry. This is devastating. I will contribute. What’s with all the pancreatic cancer these days? What the he**LL are we doing?

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