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Nashville Engineer Jim Williamson, 1935-2011

As reported by Peter Cooper for The Tennessean: “Jim Williamson, who engineered enduring recordings by Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and numerous others, died at his Nashville-area home on Thursday. Mr. Williamson was 75 and suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

“As a recording engineer, Mr. Williamson masterfully captured and blended voices and instruments in the studio. He recorded Loretta Lynn’s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ [for more information, read Mix‘s Classic Tracks story on ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’], Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand by Your Man,’ Gene Watson’s ‘Farewell Party,’ Haggard’s ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’ and many more.

“’He knew his craft really well, and he made great-sounding records,’ said Garth Fundis, a colleague of Mr. Williamson who produced albums for Trisha Yearwood, Don Williams, Keith Whitley and others. ‘Jim was often the calm in midst of the storm: If there was one person in the room who had it together, it was probably him.’”

Read the complete story from The Tennessean.