Engineer/producer/label exec Greg Ladanyi passed away today after suffering severe head trauma from a fall Friday on the concert set of Greek artist Anna Vissi (whom he is producing) at the GSP stadium in Nicosia, Cypress.
Ladanyi’s most recent work was producing Vissi’s Apagorevmeno album, but his credits go back decades, working with top acts such as Jackson Browne (six albums, including Running on Empty, Holding Out and Lawyers in Love), Toto (four albums), Don Henley, Fleetwood Mac, The Church, Jeff Healey, Jaguares and others.
In 1982, Ladanyi won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording—Non-Classical with Toto’s Toto IV and was nominated for Producer of The Year for Don Henley’s The Boys Of Summer and for Best Rock Album for Jaguares' Bajo el Azul de Tu Misterio at the first annual Latin Grammy Awards.
As president of Maple Jam Music Group, Ladanyi evolved the company from the original Maple Jam Records label founded in 2004 to a full service entertainment entity that works hand-in-hand with the artist to fully develop their careers. Maple Jam Music Group offers its artists the opportunity engage not only the services of a record label, but additionally access to virtually all the support mechanisms needed to create long lasting, meaningful careers with management, publishing, merchandising, marketing, publicity, retail and digital delivery—all available under one roof.
As a home to many established and up-and-coming artists, MJMG’s work will continue, keeping Ladanyi’s legacy alive.
Plans for a private memorial service are pending.
For more about Greg Ladanyi’s work from the pages of Mix, read “Classic Track: Toto’s 'Africa'” from the August 2005 issue and “Guitar Greatness” from the March 2005 issue, in which Ladanyi shares his technique for recording acoustic guitars.