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GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Mike Shipley died July 26. At press time, it was unclear how old Shipley was, and a cause of death was not disclosed. Born in Australia, Shipley launched his music career in London where his first engineering sessions included recordings by the Damned and the Sex Pistols. Shipley subsequently worked with artists including Aerosmith, Blondie, the Cars, Cheap Trick, Def Leppard, Green Day, Foreigner, Joni Mitchell, Shania Twain, and Winger, among others. He is widely known for his work on classic Def Leppard albums such as 1981's High 'N' Dry, 1983's Pyromania and 1987's Hysteria. Shipley earned eight GRAMMY nominations throughout his career and three wins, including most recently for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Bluegrass Album in 2011 for Alison Krauss & Union Station's Paper Airplane. "We have lost a beloved industry professional who leaves behind a legacy of enduring work, and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.
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