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Wednesday 24 July 2002 @ 18:01 - GMT

Gus Dudgeon - a biography:

Born in Surrey on September 30, 1942, Gus Dudgeon began his career as a tea boy at Olympic Studios, and by his early 20s was an in-house engineer at Decca Records' studios in West Hampstead. Early sessions there included recordings for Marianne Faithfull with producer Andrew Loog Oldham and session guitarists Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, later of Led Zeppelin.

He worked on recordings by the Small Faces, Them, as well as John Mayall's classic Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton and the Zombies hit She's Not There

The first album on which Gus was listed as producer was rock act Ten Years After's self-titled set on Deram. In 1969, he produced David Bowie's first hit, "Space Oddity," and, later, albums by such artists as Chris Rea, Lindisfarne, and XTC, for whom he oversaw 1992's "Nonsuch." He also served as producer for such one-off projects as the tribute set to John and Bernie Taupin, "Two Rooms" as well as the Live in Australia Elton concert, released in 1987.

Gus introduced EJW.com to Robbie, a pianist with a new band whom Gus was managing, at Long John Baldry's London Palladium show, featuring The Manfreds. The new British band he had worked with is called Slinki Malinki. And it was Robbie who took the photo of EJW.com editor George Matlock with a pensive-looking Gus inside that theatre (available elsewhere on this website).

Gus is understood to have done some work on a tribute album to music comics the Bonzo Dog Band. Contributions had been recorded for that set some time ago by both Ringo Starr and the late George Harrison.

-With kind permission of Stuart Epps who took the photo in 2001- © eltonjohnworld.com 2002