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John Timperley

John Timperley, 2005

Engineer (Coda)

John was a hugely influential figure on music recording in the UK and beyond, being involved with several famous facilities and numerous high profile bands and projects. He trained at IBC in London in the late 1950s, working primarily on classical recordings and the nascent pop scene with his long time friend Keith Grant. He moved to Rymuse Studios (Mayfair) where he recorded the first Cream LP and numerous '60s hits.

After a brief spell at Olympic, John was asked to set up the recording studios at Chappell's Bond Street where he was subsequently engaged as manager and chief engineer. Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett and Shirley Bassey all passed through those doors, as well as jazz musicians Thelonius Monk, Count Basle and Stephanie Grappelli. During this time he worked on Magical Mystery Tour where he first met Paul McCartney. John would continued to work for Macca on and off throughout his career on works like 1991's Liverpool Oratoria.

In the 1990s, Timperley moved to recording and mixing for films, including Lord Of The Flies, Lost In Space and The Pianist.

Recording and mixing engineer John Timperley died in late September 2006 of leukaemia. He was 65.

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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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