George Marino, a three-time Grammy-winning engineer who mastered such classic albums as Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions, John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy and Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, died June 4 after a yearlong bout with lung cancer. He was 65.
Marino got his start in the mastering department at Capitol Studios in New York in 1967, then joined Record Plant as a partner briefly before moving to Sterling Sound in 1973. He worked at Sterling until the time of his death, his most recent Grammy coming on Arcade Fire’s 2011 Album of the Year, Suburbs.
“Sterling Sound and the music industry as a whole has suffered a tremendous loss,” the company said in a statement. “Words cannot express the sorrow we feel. George was family to us all, and we will miss him dearly.”