Mickie Most, a leading British pop record producer of the 1960s and ’70s who recorded the Animals, Donovan, Herman’s Hermits and others, died from cancer May 31 at his home in London. He was 64.Born Michael Peter Hayes in Aldershot, England, he took his showbiz name when he was a singer with the Most Brothers in the late 1950s. He discovered the Animals and recorded them at his own expense, licensing the recordings to EMI. He later recorded glam group the Sweet, Mud, Suzi Quatro and Hot Chocolate, and also sold his back catalog to EMI in the late 1980s. His RAK studios remains active. He is survived by wife Christina, a son and two daughters.