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Johnny Sandlin, 72, Allman Brothers Band Producer, Is Dead


Johnny Sandlin at his studio in Decatur, Ala.

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Johnny Sandlin, a record producer, engineer and session musician best known for his work with the Allman Brothers Band, died on Tuesday in Decatur, Ala. He was 72.

His death was announced by Ridout’s Brown-Service Funeral Home in Decatur. No cause was specified, but Variety reported that Mr. Sandlin had cancer.

John Everett Sandlin was born in Decatur on April 16, 1945. His association with the guitarist Duane Allman and his brother Gregg, who sang and played keyboards, began in 1967, when they worked together in the band the Hour Glass, which made two albums for Liberty Records. Mr. Sandlin played drums in that band and also played guitar and bass on various artists’ records over the years.

The brothers later formed their own band and signed with the newly established Capricorn label, based in Macon, Ga. Mr. Sandlin joined the label as an engineer and producer around the same time.

After working as an engineer on the Allman Brothers Band’s hit albums “Live at Filmore East” (1971) and “Eat a Peach” (1972), he produced “Brothers and Sisters” (1973), the group’s first album entirely recorded after Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. He went on to produce a number of the band’s later albums.

“The brothers were not an easy band to work with,” Mr. Sandlin told The Decatur Daily last year, when he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. “They were very dramatic.” He nonetheless continued to work over the years with individual members of the band, including Gregg Allman and the guitarist Dickey Betts.

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