Vet producer Dudgeon dies

Worked with Elton John, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys

LONDON — Veteran British record producer Gus Dudgeon died in a car crash in Berkshire, England July 21. His wife was also killed.

Dudgeon, 59, was best known for his work with Elton John in the 70s, producing a string of hits including “Your Song,” “Daniel,” “Rocket Man,” “Crocodile Rock,” and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.”

Dudgeon got his start as a staff recording engineer with Decca in the mid-60s, notably mixing the seminal 1965 blues-rock album, “John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton.”

In 1968, Dudgeon became a freelance producer, working with David Bowie on “Space Oddity,” and on the albums of the satirical combo, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

Among his other credits are the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Joan Armatrading and XTC. His most recent occupation was the ongoing re-mastering of Elton John’s back catalogue.