Martin Birch Wiki – Martin Birch Biography
Martin Birch, the producer whose bright but heavy sound was applied to classic albums by Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and more, has died aged 71. No cause of death has been announced.
It is with a very heavy heart I’ve just had verified my very dear friend & producer Martin Birch has passed away…Martin was a huge part of my life…helping me from the first time we met through until Slide It In…Mt thoughts & prayers to his family, friends & fans…💔💔 pic.twitter.com/J4UyDiG9zR
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) August 9, 2020
Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale tweeted: “I confirmed with a very heavy heart that my very dear friend and producer Martin Birch passed away … Martin was a big part of my life … he has been helping me since we first met until Slide It In… my thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and fans. ”
Martin Birch Age
He was 71 years old.
Really sad to hear of the passing of Martin Birch. Brilliant producer. Had the pleasure of working with him on the Black Sabbath albums #HeavenandHell and #MobRules. Condolences to Vera and family. #RIPMartin pic.twitter.com/FPZajWRvpN
— Geezer Butler (@geezerbutler) August 9, 2020
Martin Birch Life & Career
Birch was born in Woking, Surrey in 1948 and first worked as an engineer, earning first credits on Faces and Wishbone Ash’s debut albums and on Jeff Beck’s Beck-Ola. Working on five albums between 1969 and 1973, he launched the first of their long-standing band relationships with Deep Purple, which worked on 11 albums, including Fleetwood Mac and two UK No.1, Fireball and Machine Head.
Wishbone continued to work with Ash, designed the prog classic Argus, and from the mid ’70s he established the pop-inclined hard rock aesthetic in which heavy rhythm segments and complex guitar lines (usually two at the same time) would be rendered with great clarity.
He worked on multiple albums with Rainbow, Blue Öyster Cult and Whitesnake, and helped refresh Black Sabbath’s heavy metal sound after Ronnie James Dio took over vocals from Ozzy Osbourne. Birch produced the albums Heaven and Hell (1980) and Mob Rules (1981). Bassist Geezer Butler said he was “really sorry” to hear of Birch’s death, while Dio’s widow, Wendy, “he was a genius producer and a dear friend of Ronnie. Let it be RIP”.
Yet Birch’s most enduring partnership came with Iron Maiden, with whom he began working privately in the 1980s. Beginning with their second album in 1981, Killers Birch produced a series of nine classic albums up to Fear of the Dark in 1992, three of which reached UK No.1, including the classic The Number of the Beast. Birch described them as “My favorite group to work with… there is a great association and no one is trying to get out of the team alone.”
Martin Birch Death & Cause
No cause of death has been announced.