Pictured in 1989 (l-r) are Bonnie Raitt, Ed Cherney and Don Was. Photo by David Goggin.
Anaheim, CA (January 14, 2015)—Don Was and 2015 TEC Hall of Fame inductee Ed Cherney will join moderator Mr. Bonzai during the NAMM Show in an exploration of the creation of Bonnie Raitt’s Nick of Time album, which is being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for 2015.
In 1989, after many years of critical acclaim, but little commercial success, Bonnie Raitt had a colossal hit with the release of Nick of Time, which made her a star, topped the Billboard 200 chart, sold five million copies, and won three Grammy Awards, including 1990 Album of the Year. “Birth of a Record” featuring Was and Cherney will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m., in The Forum (203 A-B) on Level Two of the Anaheim Convention Center.
On behalf of the NAMM Foundation, Was will also induct Cherney into the TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Hall of Fame during its 30th annual awards show, being held Saturday evening, January 24th in Anaheim.
Was is a Grammy Award-winning producer and president of the legendary jazz label, Blue Note Records. Widely recognized as one of history’s top producers, he has worked with a cavalcade of artists in virtually every musical genre. As a bass player and songwriter, Was formed the group Was (Not Was), noted for their success in the 1980s. He has earned a Grammy for Producer of the Year, a BAFTA for Best Original Score and an Emmy for Music Direction of The Beatles: The Night That Changed America.
Cherney hails from Chicago, and developed his chops under the tutelage of the legendary engineer Bruce Swedien, including working on some of Michael Jackson’s biggest selling records. In the year that Cherney won a Best Engineered Album Grammy Award for Raitt’s Longing In Their Hearts, he was the engineer for three of the five nominated albums in that category. He has amassed six Grammy nominations and two wins, in addition to seven TEC Award nominations and five wins and three Emmy nominations.
Mr. Bonzai, an award-winning photographer and music journalist, has written over 1,000 articles for magazines in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His photos and stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Mix, EQ, Pro Sound News, Keyboard, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. He has authored seven books, including Faces of Music, Music Smarts, John Lennon’s Tooth and Studio Life.