Terry Manning, 1971
 
 

Engineer (Led Zeppelin III)

Terry Manning began in the music industry in the early sixties in El Paso, Texas. He fronted several local bands, notably The Wild Ones, and on occasion also played rhythm guitar with his friend Bobby Fuller's band. Bobby had a big following in El Paso at the time, and one of his local hits was "I Fought The Law," released on his own label, Eastwood Records. This, and other of his songs, was recorded in his home garage studio (on Album Avenue!) It was apparent that there was no extended future in music in El Paso, so by 1963, Terry (and Bobby) had decided to move on. (Bobby chose the West Coast and landed in LA where "I Fought The Law" was re-cut and became a worldwide smash. He, unfortunately, met an untimely death not long after, under mysterious circumstances.) Terry chose Memphis, where a lot of music he liked was being made. Songs like "The Dog" and "Walkin' The Dog" by Rufus Thomas, and "Last Night" by The Mar-Keys had caught his fancy.....

Terry, barely a teenager, walked boldly into Stax Records and announced that he was there to engineer, produce, write...whatever they needed! Crazily enough, they put him to work. Terry began as an assistant engineer, performing duties all the way from sweeping up the floor to making tape copies, to running the whole show when someone who was supposed to be there didn't show up.

Manning, in addition to production, engineering, and other duties, was still performing with Memphis groups, The Goat Dancers and Lawson and Four More. This latter group had a medium-sized regional hit and became an opening act on The Dick Clark Caravan of Stars Tour in the Mid-South. On this tour, Manning had the opportunity to meet one of his favorite contemporary groups, The Yardbirds. When they came back to tour the US again, Manning renewed the contact and became close friends with Jimmy Page, then bass/rhythm guitar player for The Yardbirds. During the tour, Jeff Beck abruptly quit over artistic differences, and Page assumed lead guitar duties. Manning was privileged to add guitar instruction from Page to that he had already received from Teenie Hodges (Al Green) and Steve Cropper (Booker T, & The MGs).

Manning and Page toyed with the idea of forming a new and different sounding group, along with other musicians they both knew; Terry didn't want to leave the musical situation he was in at that time, so he opted out. However, when Page changed the name of his next group from "The New Yardbirds" to "Led Zeppelin," he had kept in contact with Terry, and when there was a need for engineering, Jimmy called Terry in to engineer for "Led Zeppelin III." This album, which Manning carried all the way to the final mastering stage (where he wrote the famous Crowley inscriptions into the lead-out groove by hand), became the number one album in the world.

In 1988, Manning purchased a building in Memphis and installed his own studio for his own productions, STUDIO SIX. Several artists were produced there by Manning during its four years of existence, including Thorogood, Diesel, Rick Vito of Fleetwood Mac, Rhino Bucket, and others. Then, in 1992, Chris Blackwell sought out Terry Manning to revitalize his famous Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. Compass Point had fallen into disrepair, and rather than close such a landmark studio, Blackwell wanted to bring it back to life. Terry and his wife Sherrie moved to The Bahamas in late 1992 and began the revitalization.

In addition to the US and The Bahamas, Terry has recorded in England, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, Brasíl, Canada, Scotland, and France. In 1992, he started his own label, Lucky Seven Records, distributed by Rounder Records/Universal, and has released several very popular titles, including The Memphis Horns, Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat, Rock City, Van Duren, Cargoe, and others. Manning's other interests include athletics, aviation, astronomy, and history. He was captain of the soccer team at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), where he also played basketball on the (junior) varsity team. He has completed several marathons, including The New York Marathon twice. He was ranked as high as 19th nationally in racquetball and was a racquetball instructor for several years. In high school, Manning was all-city quarterback on the football team and also ran track. He is an instrument-rated pilot with a deep love of flying. Manning has received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both History and Political Science and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He has three children, Lucas, Michael and Kari, and a step-son, Cory.

http://www.terrymanning.com/

ADVERTISEMENTS

Rick's Cool Collectibles

Rick's Cool Collectibles is a memorabilia mail order company serving collectors worldwide! Since 1979 the name Rick Barrett has been associated with quality collectibles including rare concert & event tickets and stubs, Led Zeppelin memorabilia, select music & sports memorabilia, stamps, coins, old postcards, and more!

This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

January 09, 1944 - James Patrick Page was born in Heston, Middlesex
January 03, 1946 - John Baldwin was born in Sidcup, Kent
January 02, 1946 - Led Zeppelin Tour Manager Richard Cole was born in Kensal Rise, London, England
January 05, 1967 - Jimmy Page begins recording Little Games with The Yardbirds at De Lane Lea Studios in London.
January 17, 1969 - Led Zeppelin released in the US
January xx, 1970 - Led Zeppelin now play without support acts in order to perform longer sets
January 09, 1970 - Royal Albert Hall gig filmed and recorded for documentary that is eventually scraped. (But was recalled for 2003’s DVD)
January xx, 1971 - Recording continues at Headley Grange
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
January 24, 1977 - Bonham and Plant watch The Damned perform at the Roxy in London
January xx, 1978 - Media still claims Led Zeppelin have broke up
January 21, 1979 - Robert Plant is now proud father to son Logan Romero
January xx, 1980 - Zeppelin donate Candy Store Rock to a benefit album to benefit children
January 31, 1995 - Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a fan rushed the stage at a Page and Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fan was stopped by two security guards, who he knifed instead. After his arrest, he told police that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing.
© 1996 - 2021 Led Zeppelin: Achilles Last Stand - All Rights Reserved
Advertise | Disclaimer | Site Map