RIP Nigel Gray

Last night, I received the news that Nigel Gray, our producer during the late 1970s and early 1980s, had died. In a year of attrition in the music industry, Nigel's passing still comes as a huge shock. He was not old. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and loved ones.

Really, he was one of the best producers of his era and one of the best that we, as a band, ever worked with. Other artists that he worked with included Godley and Creme, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Hazel O Connor and the Police, of course.

Wishbone did not have big hit albums with Nigel, unlike the Police, but the quality of his work was second to none. He quietly coaxed the best performances out of us, mixing old school production and engineering techniques along with cutting edge concepts in modern production.

Originally medical doctor by profession, on a human level, this probably gave Nigel a quiet consultant - like approach in dealing with outsized musician egos. Personally, I learned a lot from him with regard to attention to detail in recording. He was very much concerned with finding the right groove for a song while all the the while keeping a great sense of fun in the studio during recording sessions. His abilities with guitar sounds, together with his final mixes in particular, were stellar.

To hear an outstanding example of his production, just check out our album Number the Brave, where he worked in Miami's Criteria Studios - an unfamiliar work place for him - bringing forth stellar work from us and translating our ideas into a very contemporary sound at that time. Pauline and I fondly remember times spent with Nigel, his wife and three sons in Miami during these recording sessions.

Nigel - you will be sorely missed.

~ Andy Powell.

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