Sound engineer John Judnich died of liver cancer on May 5 in Fortuna, Calif. He was 67.
Judnich began his career by recording demos for folksinger Tim Hardin. In 1966, he designed and installed the sound system at Whiskey A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip, where he engineered live sessions for Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and the Doors.
In 1967, Judnich teamed up with promoter Sepp Donahower and Pacific Presentations, producing a series of weekly shows at the Shrine Auditorium for acts such as Traffic, Frank Zappa andFleetwood Mac.
In the late 60s, he partnered with Bob Bogdanovitch in creating Tychobrae Sound Systems, the first full-size traveling P.A. systems, and became onsite sound engineer for touring bands such as the Rolling Stones. He also built the sound studios and mixing boards for Jerry Goffin’s Larrabee Studios.
Judnich had a long association with comedian Lenny Bruce, serving as recording engineer for his 1965 Berekeley concert and appearing in the docu “Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth.”
Judnich is survived by his wife Diane Ingram.