By Clive Young.
Greece (September 29, 2009)–Grammy-winning producer/engineer Greg Ladanyi died today from multiple injuries after falling off a stage in Cyprus Friday night. He was 57.
Best known for his work with classic rock artists such as Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Fleetwood Mac and others, Ladanyi was at the final concert of Greek artist Anna Vissi’s summer tour (Vissi is signed to Maple Jam Music, of which Ladanyi was president). Before the show began, he fell five meters to concrete from a bridge leading to the stage, sustaining severe head trauma and a ruptured lung.
Ladanyi was rushed to General Hospital Nicosia, where he remained in critical condition throughout the weekend. Despite the accident, a shaken Vissi managed to collect herself enough to go ahead with the concert, which was delayed 45 minutes. The popular singer explained the situation to the crowd and led them in a chant of “Greg is well.”
Over a career spanning four decades, Ladanyi was an integral part of many highly regarded albums, including 16 that were nominated for Grammys. He won a Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical with Toto’s, Toto IV, and was nominated for Producer of The Year for Don Henley’s “The Boys Of Summer” and Jaguares, Best Rock Album, Bajo el Azul de Tu Misterio at the 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards.
Ladanyi had long associations working with Jackson Browne (six albums), Toto (four albums), Don Henley (three albums) and Fleetwood Mac (two albums), and also helped create career-highlight albums for The Church (Starfish) and Jeff Healey (See the Light). His most recent work was with Vissi for her CD, Apagorevmeno.