WESTON, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Redding’s Russ Titelman!
Titelman, who has lived in Redding, turns 72 on Tuesday. The record producer and songwriter was born Aug. 16, 1944, in Los Angeles.
Beginning his career in the 1960s, Titelman has worked with musicians such as Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, Dion Dimucci, George Harrison, Bee Gees, Little Feat, Christine McVie, Meat Loaf, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, The Allman Brothers Band, James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones, Chaka Khan, Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, Gordon Lightfoot, Eric Clapton and Gerry Goffin.
After working for Warner Bros. Records for 20 years, he has been an independent producer since 1997.
He has won three Grammy Awards. He earned his first producing the Steve Winwood song "Higher Love" and his second and third for Eric Clapton's "Journeyman" and "Unplugged" albums. He also produced the "24 Nights" live album of 1990 and the all-blues album "From The Cradle," released in 1994.
He started his independent music label, Walking Liberty Records, in New York. One of his first productions for the label was the debut album by the Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter Jared Tyler. Released in 2005, "Blue Alleluia" included guest appearances from Emmylou Harris, Mac McAnally and Mary Kay Place.