Legendary Rock Producer Shel Talmy On His Chicago Roots, His Legacy & More

There is no doubt in my mind that you have heard the work of record producer, arranger and songwriter Shel Talmy. The producer of early sessions for the likes of The Kinks, The Who, The Creation, and The Easybeats, that is indeed his production on rock classics like “My Generation,” “You Really Got Me,” “All Day And All Of The Night,” and “Tired Of Waiting For You.” Talmy’s discography also includes work with Manfred Mann, The Small Faces (the precursor to the Rod Stewart-fronted The Faces), The Damned, Lee Hazlewood, The Fuzztones, and Davy Jones & The Mannish Boys; said Davy Jones was an early moniker for none other than David Bowie.

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Talmy may be primarily associated with British recording artists, but he is originally from Chicago, where he lived until his teenage years. We spoke about this and more within our May 13, 2020 chat by phone, as embedded below; apologies for some of the rough audio quality, as Skype was not having a great day in these parts. These days, Talmy keeps busy with Shel Talmy Productions, which continues to license out selections from his extensive catalog. Those following him on Facebook will also notice that the Los Angeles resident regularly posts rock-related memories.

More on Shel Talmy can be found online by visiting his website.

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