John P. Hampton plays the drums for a microphone demonstration during a Producers & Engineers Wing GRAMMY Professional Development event in Memphis on June 20, 2012
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John P. Hampton Dies
GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer John P. Hampton died Dec. 12 following a battle with cancer. He was 61. Hampton began his career in 1977 when he was hired by Ardent Recording Studios in Memphis where he remained for nearly four decades, eventually becoming a co-owner. Hampton worked with artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan, the Replacements, George Thorogood And The Destroyers, Travis Tritt, the White Stripes, and the Gin Blossoms. Hampton won two GRAMMYs for Best Traditional Blues Album and Best Alternative Music Album for Jimmie Vaughan's Do You Get The Blues? (2001) and the White Stripes' Get Behind Me Satan (2005), respectively. "While best known for his keen technical sensibilities and his ability to successfully work with a diverse group of acts across many different genres, John was also praised for his easygoing demeanor and effortless charm," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "His prolific career has left a prominent mark on music and our culture, and his remarkable legacy will continue to teach and inspire many generations to come."