Joe Jorgensen, top recording engineer who worked on albums for Frank Sinatra, Englebert Humperdinck, Maynard Ferguson and others, died July 23 in Highlands, N.J. He was 66.
Native of Gentofte, Denmark, he immigrated to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with his family in 1951, bringing with him a fondness for music and a talent for technology.
During his late teens, he landed his first job editing programs at New York’s WOR Radio in 1957. In 1960 he met legendary engineer/producer Phil Ramone and joined A&R Recording Studios as one of that studio’s first staff engineers.
Working with many of the industry’s finest composers, arrangers, musicians and artists, Jorgensen developed a recording style that attracted many clients.
In 1966, he met Mediasound founder Harry Hirsch and joined his staff, recording albums for Sinatra, Humperdinck and other major artists including work on Ferguson’s Gold LP, “Conquistador.”
Going independent in 1977 Jorgensen began an exclusive relationship with Bob James’ Tappan Zee label. For more than 14 years this partnership produced a roster of top jazz and rock albums including Kenny Loggins’ platinum “Nightwatch” and such gold albums as Bob James & Earl Klugh’s Grammy-nominated “One on One” and Bob James & David Sanborn’s Grammy-winning gold “Double Vision” LP.
In 1989 Jorgensen began a new stage of his career with the formation of Soundshine Inc., a company specializing in the design and installation of innovative professional audio systems for theme parks, houses of worship, schools and commercial facilities.
Jorgensen is survived by his wife of 37 years, Gunvor “Kiki” Jorgensen; his son Mikael, a recording engineer with Soma Studios in Chicago; and his daughter, Dania.