Hollywood, CA (August 3, 2015)—The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor Al Schmitt with the 2,557th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, August 13, 2015.
There will be at a dedication in front of the historic Capitol Records Building at 1750 N. Vine Street at 11:30 a.m. PDT. Helping emcee and Hollywood Chamber president/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Joe Walsh and surprise guests.
Schmitt is a renowned recording and mix engineer whose acclaimed music career has spanned more than half a century. During that time, Schmitt has been awarded more accolades than any of his contemporaries including holding the record for most Grammy awards for a recording or mix engineer. To date, Schmitt is the recipient of 23 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2014, Schmitt received the Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music.
Schmitt is a New York native, of whom Barbra Streisand once said, “as a fellow Brooklyn-ite, we speak the same language.” He has worked on more than 150 gold and platinum albums, and was inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame in 1997 to in honor of his technical and creative excellence in recording and sound.
In the early days of his career working at RCA, Schmitt engineered albums for such legendary artists as Sam Cooke, Rosemary Clooney and Henry Mancini, featuring the Grammy Award winning title “Moon River,” which also won an Academy Award for Best Song, and for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
His prominence was memorialized when he was featured sitting at his post behind the recording console at Capitol Studios in the Justin Timberlake “Suit & Tie” video which won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Music Video. These days, Schmitt spends most of his time working from the famed Capitol Studios, where he has become a familiar and much-loved part of the Capitol Studios family. His charitable endeavors includes work with the NARAS Grammy in the Schools-Jazz Program, Grammy Camp, MusicCares, MAP (Musician’s Assistance Program) and more.
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