A music producer who had a hand in some of the greatest recordings ever released has died. The AP reports that Bob Johnston died Friday at 83.
Working out of Nashville, Johnston produced landmark albums such as Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” and Johnny Cash’s “At Folsom Prison.” He is being remembered as a maverick who helped open up Nashville to outsiders and bring it into the folk rock era, the report notes.
Johnston reportedly brought Dylan to Nashville, where Dylan ended up recording for a period of time around the late 1960s. Besides “Blonde on Blonde” (1966) and much of “Highway 61 Revisited” (1965), Johnston produced Dylan’s “John Wesley Harding” (1967), “Nashville Skyline” (1969), “Self Portrait” (1970) and “New Morning” (1970).
Johnston was also behind albums by Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel, Flatt & Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Marty Robbins and Willie Nelson, among many others.