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Sad news: John Lennon sound engineer Roy Cicala has died

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Roy Cicala, whose career as an audio engineer included work on numerous John Lennon albums and recordings ranging from the Cowsills to Frank Sinatra, has died from cancer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Brazilian website reported Jan. 22. He was 73.

His name was known extensively for the diverse group of recordings he worked on. Among his long string of credits, he was engineer on many albums by John Lennon including “Imagine,” “Walls and Bridges,” “Rock 'n' Roll” “Sometime in New York City” and “Mind Games” and also Yoko Ono's “Fly” album, according to All He also worked on the John Lennon-produced “Pussy Cats” album for Harry Nilsson.

Jack Douglas, producer of John Lennon's “Double Fantasy” album, paid tribute to Cicala on Facebook Wednesday, saying, “Lost my mentor, good friend and brilliant engineer Roy Cicala today.”

May Pang, also on Facebook, wrote, "I was so sadden to hear this morning the news from Lori Burton that her ex-husband and the father of her children, Roy Cicala, had passed away. He was John's main engineer on many of John's albums and projects. He was also the owner of The Record Plant Studios in NY where we did most of our projects. Condolences to his family."

Cicala's credits also included “The Young Rascals” debut album in 1966, “Journey to the Center of the Mind” by the Amboy Dukes (with a young Ted Nugent), the soundtrack for the movie “El Topo” which was released originally by the Beatles' Apple Records label, “Watertown” for Frank Sinatra, David Peel's “John Lennon for President” album and Roy Buchanan's “Second Album.”

(Thanks to Bob Dylan Examiner Harold Lepidus.)

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