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Passings: Queen and David Bowie Producer David Richards (1956 - 2013)

Record producer David Richards, who helmed a number of albums for Queen and David Bowie, died Friday morning in England after a long illness.

David was the son of Bobby Richards who was an arranger for a number of artists including John Barry. He began playing piano at the age of 3 and found a love for music editing tracks for his fledgling ice skating career and watching his father work in the studio.

Richards' first professional experience came in 1973, working at Chappell Studios in London. Two years later, he moved to Montreux, Switzerland to work at the newly opened Mountain Studios and, by the age of 21, had become their chief engineer.

While working at Mountain Studios, Richards made hundreds of connections with artists and management and gained a lifetime of experience behind the board.  He soon became an in-demand producer, helming such albums as A Kind of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo and Made in Heaven for Queen, Never Let Me Down, The Buddah of Suburbia and Outside for David Bowie and Blah Blah Blah for Iggy Pop.

Richards would eventually buy Mountain Studios, which he eventually moved to Attalens in 2002.

The Queen site posted a rememberence of Richards, saying "He will be remembered by many as a good friend. He was funny and generous and great company, a talented and capable man who had an instinctive "magic touch" in the recording studio. His creative productions will be enjoyed for years to come."