Ted Templeman : a platinum producer's life in music [electronic resource] / Ted Templeman as told to Greg Renoff.
- ISBN: 9781773054797 (electronic bk.)
- ISBN: 1773054791 (electronic bk.)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
- Publisher: [United States] : ECW Press, 2020.
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Crafting smash hits with Van Halen, The Doobie Brothers, Nicolette Larson, and Van Morrison, legendary music producer Ted Templeman changed the course of rock history This autobiography (as told to Greg Renoff) recounts Templeman's remarkable life from child jazz phenom in Santa Cruz, California, in the 1950s to Grammy-winning music executive during the '70s and '80s. Along the way, Ted details his late '60s stint as an unlikely star with the sunshine pop outfit Harpers Bizarre and his grind-it-out days as a Warner Bros. tape listener, including the life-altering moment that launched his career as a producer: his discovery of the Doobie Brothers. Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer's Life in Music takes us into the studio sessions of No. 1 hits like "Black Water" by the Doobie Brothers and "Jump" by Van Halen, as Ted recounts memories and the behind-the-scene dramas that engulfed both massively successful acts. Throughout, Ted also reveals the inner workings of his professional and personal relationships with some of the most talented and successful recording artists in history, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Lowell George, Sammy Hagar, Linda Ronstadt, David Lee Roth, and Carly Simon. Templeman is a world-famous producer, known for working with Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and Joan Jett. This book recounts Templeman's remarkable life: from childhood as a '50s jazz phenom in Santa Cruz to the pinnacle of music industry success during the '70s and '80s as a Grammy-winning music executive. Ted Templeman is an award-winning music producer who discovered Van Halen and The Doobie Brothers. Greg Renoff was born in the Bronx, grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is the author of Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal. His writing has appeared in Guitar World, LA Weekly, and Vulture, and he and his work have been profiled in Salon, Maxim, and the Boston Herald. What gave me pause about "Jump" was my instinctive sense of what defined the Van Halen sound. When I produce an artist, I get a feel for what will likely work -- and not work -- on an album, especially when you've done five with them. To me, Van Halen wasn't a pop group. Yes, they'd done "Dance the Night Away" and "Pretty Woman," but that was as far afield from their raucous, primitive nature that I wanted them to go. "Jump" was way too pop to my ears. I wanted them to stay edgy and raw. As I tried to explain to Ed and the guys, it wasn't that I was "anti-keyboards." Remember, I was completely fucking knocked out when Ed played me the piano riff for "Cradle" at Sunset Sound. Ed had played keyboards on "Dancing in the Street." I know it sounds like an odd comparison, but the "Jump" riff didn't sound like Ed's "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" riff. That's the stomping, powerful sound that I thought they should have kept pursuing. Even though Diver Down served its purposes, it was too pop for me. I liked the Fair Warning stuff better. I thought these guys should stay right in that pocket, and not go pop. To me, Van Halen doing "Jump" seemed analogous to Keith Richards pushing for the Stones to record something sappy like "You've Got a Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits right after they'd done "Brown Sugar." The other point I tried to get across that day was about Ed's guitar playing. I think Ed recalls this debate as Dave and I wanting to keep him locked into "guitar hero" mode for the sake of his image. I can't speak for Dave, but that wasn't where I was coming from. His image had nothing to do with my view. Here's the thing. Ed's a guitar genius. No one has ever played or ever will play the way that he did on electric guitar. You immediately knew it was him playing something, and he had profound things
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