John F. Kraus, a Grammy Award-winning recording engineer who spent 35 years with Capitol Records, died Nov. 21 of unreported causes in Sherman Oaks. He was 79.
Kraus initially went to work for Glen Wallichs when Capitol Records was located in the basement of Wallichs Music City at Sunset and Vine.
Through the years as a sound engineer, Kraus worked with some of Capitol’s top artists, including Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Nelson Riddle, the Beach Boys, Helen Reddy and Lou Rawls.
He received numerous Grammy nominations during his career for best-engineered recording, winning in 1960 and 1961.
In the late 1960s, Capitol promoted Kraus from senior sound engineer to recording manager. He retired in 1982.
Kraus is survived by his wife, Jean, two sons and a sister.