John Timperley, 2005

Engineer (Coda)

John was a hugely influential figure on the 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 continue to work for Macca on and off throughout his career on works like 1991's Liverpool Oratoria.

On December 9, 1976, Timperley was in the studios in Montreux Casino with John Bonham and Jimmy Page to record Bonzo's Montreux.

In the 1990s, Timperley moved to record and mix 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 leukemia. He was 65.


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January xx, 1972 - Page has a studio built into his home
January 02, 1973 - Plant’s car breaks down and Bonham and he barely make the Sheffield City Hall gig
January 22, 1973 - Led Zeppelin record a live gig at Southampton University
January xx, 1974 - Recording Physical Graffiti at Headley Grange
January xx, 1974 - The band resigns with Atlantic and forms their own label
January 03, 1975 - Jimmy breaks a finger at Victoria Station just a week before the European warm up shows
January 17, 1975 - The band rehearses in Minneapolis for the upcoming US tour. Bootleg "Johnny Kidd And The Pirates" evolves out of this rehearsal
January xx, 1976 - Jimmy contemplates the release of The Song Remains The Same film but, continues work on the soundtrack
January 01, 1976 - In Paris, Robert takes his first unaided steps since his car accident
January xx, 1977 - Rehearsals for US tour take place at Manticore Studios in Fulham
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January xx, 1978 - Media still claims Led Zeppelin have broke up
January 21, 1979 - Robert Plant is now proud father to son Logan Romero
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