Revered American producer, Keith Olsen has sadly died. The news was announced by Scorpions, who worked with Olsen on their album Crazy World in 1990.
The band said on social media:
“We just learned about the passing of our dear friend and producer Keith Olsen.
Keith produced many iconic albums, including our album Crazy World. Keith was a wonderful guy, and the making of Crazy World was such an inspiring journey, containing outstanding songs like Wind of Change and Send me an Angel, which had the Keith Olsen touch, on every single note. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. RIP Keith. You live on in the Music.
Olsen produced over 100 albums in his career, 39 of which went Gold, 24 Platinum and 14 Multi-Platinum sellers. As well as Scorpions, the rock and metal legend also worked with Ozzy Osbourne on No Rest For The Wicked, Rick Springfield on Jessie’s Girl, and was behind the desk for the Buckingham Nicks album, which subsequently led to Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joining Fleetwood Mac. He then produced Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled album in 1975.
The cause of Olsen’s death remains unclear, and although born in 1945, his age is not confirmed. Below are tributes paid to the expert producer.
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My amazing and talented friend Keith Olsen has passed away. Such a gifted producer. And later on a wonderful guy. Ha, ha… he could be a bit of a pistol in the studio but that was part of his talent. Sticking to his guns when some whiny artist (me) would say, "I don’t think that works." He didn't produce all those hits for all those musicians for no reason. He had a golden ear and helped so many people reach their potential. I remember playing him my demos and he picked “Jessie’s Girl” out of a batch of 15 songs and said "This is a hit.” I doubted him and thought there were better songs in my demo reel. Proof right there of his gift. May God give your spirit the peace and joy and the rest it deserves. You were a star maker in so many ways. God bless your memory my friend. ♥️
Keith Olsen…R.I.P. Dear Friend… pic.twitter.com/jJSr5ZFkLq
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) March 9, 2020
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