Recording engineer Frank Bruno, who worked at Columbia Records, died June 28 in West Orange, N.J. He was 89.
In the 1940s, Bruno transferred his hobby of repairing radios and recording to the V-Disc Operation, in which stars such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore recorded their songs, to be played on the Armed Forces Radio.
After World War II, he joined the Voice of America for a stint before moving to Columbia Records, where he recorded concerts onsite as well as set up an audio pool for others — such as Capitol, RCA Victor, Verve Records and CBS Radio — that were recording the events.
In 1961, Bruno was put in charge of setting up the recording studio for KNX’s new studio in Los Angeles. His next assignment took him to Columbia’s Legacy Collection, where he recorded such artists as Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and Julie Andrews live in concert.
Many of the albums he had recorded won Grammys and other kudos. He was a member of the Intl. Union of Electrical Engineers, the Natl. Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Grammys Assn.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Liberata; two sons and a daughter; four grandsons and a granddaughter; and a brother.
Donations may be made to St. Barnabas Hospice, 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange, N.J. 07052.