photo: Michael Wilson
Acclaimed producer Arif Mardin will be inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame and musician/writer/composer David Byrne will be awarded the presitigious Les Paul Award at the 21st annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Saturday, October 8, 2005, at the New York Marriott Marquis. For a list of this year's TEC nominees, go to page 56.
Mardin ranks among the 20th-century's most important record producers. From the Young Rascals' 1964 Number One hit, “Good Lovin'” and Bette Midler's 1989 Number One and Record of the Year Wind Beneath My Wings, to his most recent work with Norah Jones (which resulted in Grammys for Record of the Year and Album of the Year in 2002), Mardin has transcended genres and contributed to many of contemporary music's most brilliant works.
photo: Julie Mardin
Byrne is well-known as the musician who co-founded the extremely influential group Talking Heads in New York. Talking Heads took popular music in new directions, both in terms of sound and lyrics, as well as introduced an innovative visual approach to the genre.