LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Ed Cherney, the award-winning record producer and engineer, who worked with artistic luminaries such as Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, and Keith Richards, died on October 22nd after a battle with cancer. He was 69.
The news was announced on Facebook by his widow, Rose Mann-Cherney and later reported by Billboard.
After news of his passing broke, numerous artists who he had collaborated with paid tribute to Cherney.
“Heartbroken at the loss of my dear friend and brilliant engineer/producer, Ed Cherney. Together with Don Was, we made a mighty trio, creating some of the most celebrated albums of our careers, garnering us a string of Grammy nominations and awards for ‘Nick of Time,’ ‘Luck of the Draw,’ ‘Longing in their Hearts’ and ‘Road Tested’ in the early-mid 90’s. He was one of the sweetest, funniest, big hearted and talented people I’ve ever known, as widely liked as he was respected as one of our businesses greatest recording Engineers. I will miss him so much and am so grateful we got to have him as long as we did. Thank God he is out of pain and my deepest sympathy goes out to his beloved longtime wife and partner,” Bonnie Raitt wrote on Instagram.
“So sad to hear that Ed has passed. He was a brilliant engineer and we did some wonderful things together with the Rolling Stones and Don Was. He will be missed. Bless you, Ed,” added Keith Richards via Twitter.
Cherney, who hailed from Chicago, spent much of his career at Village Studios in Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, he won three Grammy Awards with six nominations, an Emmy Award (five nominations) five NAMM Tec awards and was inducted into the Tec Hall of Fame in 2015.
“I engineer, mix and produce records for a living. I get to work with genuine artists, making music, sometimes all night. Occasionally, there’s gushing: I’ve won Grammys and TEC Awards — I actually recently won my first Emmy. What success I’ve had owes much to the musical greats I’ve sat behind over the years — giants like Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien, Don Was and Phil Ramone — listening through their ears, learning how they make great music,” Cherney wrote in his official bio.
In 2014, CBS recorded a brief profile of Ed for the Grammys.