He had one of the greatest production arcs in pop music history:
The Blues Project: Projections
But outside of the heads who really know, he’s been largely forgotten.
Shame on us.
Today, I salute Tom Wilson, staff producer at Transition, Savoy, Columbia and Verve. on what would have been his 80th Birthday.
I’m hoping that Bob Dylan took a moment to think about Tom. When Bob breaks up in hysterical laughter on the beginning of ‘Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream’, the other voice you hear is Wilson.
I’m hoping Simon & Garfunkel take pause to thank Tom. His remix of ‘Sounds Of Silence’ made them international superstars.
I’m hoping Lou Reed gives a minute of his day to remember Tom. He did the production work on the first two Velvet Underground albums.
God Bless Frank Zappa. In any interview with Kurt Loder, Zappa openly acknowledged Tom for putting his job and his rep on the line and producing – record company politics be dammed – the first two Mothers Of Invention albums.
I would suggest that you go out and buy any of the aforementioned albums here, but chances are, you probably bought them several times over.
Now you know who helped shape the sound.
Check out this brief overview that was done by Steven Stancell:
Happy Birthday Tom!