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Born: Apr. 16, 1945 Decatur, AL
1997 Inductee Alabama Music Hall of Fame
The son of a Decatur, Al., hardware store owner, Johnny Sandlin found fame in the hard edge of Southern Rock. Joining with Gregg and Duane Allman in 1966 as the drummer for the Hourglass, Sandlin played a major role in the formulation of that style of music. When the Hourglass broke up, Sandlin began playing recording sessions at Tone Studios in Miami, Fl., but soon moved to Macon, Ga., where he again joined the Allmans, this time as recording engineer and producer. As part of the powder keg of talent that blasted Capricorn Records to stardom, Sandlin produced the Allman's "Brothers And Sisters", "Win, Lose Or Draw", and contributed mixing and mastering to "Filmore East" and "Eat A Peach". He also produced albums on Greg Allman, Gregg and Cher, Eddie Kendricks, The Outlaws, Richard Betts, Elvin Bishop, Wet Willie, Bonnie Bramlett, Alex Taylor, Cowboy, Delbert McClinton and many others. He has three platinum albums and seven gold albums to his credit. Before his departure from Capricorn Records in 1976 he was named vice president of A & R. Since then he has worked as an independent producer and engineer. He currently owns and operates a recording studio in Decatur, AL.
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Johnny Sandlin found fame on the hard edge of Southern Rock as one of the men most responsible for the sound that came out of Macon, GA in the ‘70s. His music career began in the early sixties playing with other musicians who went on to leave their mark in music history including; Dan Penn, David Briggs, Norbert Putnam, Jerry Carrigan, Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Eddie Hinton, and fellow “Hour Glass’’ band members, Paul Hornsby, Pete Carr and Gregg and Duane Allman.
When “Hour Glass” broke up, Sandlin became staff drummer for Tone Studios in Miami but soon moved to Macon where he again joined the Allmans, first as the drummer in the Capricorn rhythm section and then as recording engineer, producer and Vice-President of Capricorn and head of A&R. As part of the powder keg of talent that blasted Capricorn Records to stardom, Sandlin produced, mixed and mastered albums for the “Allman Brother’s Band”, Gregg Allman, Gregg and Cher, Richard Betts, Elvin Bishop, “Wet Willie”, Bonnie Bramlett, Alex Taylor, “Cowboy”, Delbert McClinton, Widespread Panic and many others. He has five platinum albums and ten gold albums to his credit.
Since leaving Capricorn, Sandlin works as an independent engineer and producer and stays busy recording in his own studio, Duck Tape Music, in Decatur, AL
Source: Official Website
Encyclopedia of Alabama http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-2524
Johnny Sandlin Southern Producer, Engineer and Musician by Michael Buffalo Smith http://www.swampland.com/articles/view/title:johnny_sandlin
Wikipedia Hourglass https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hour_Glass_%28band%29
Johnny Sandlin: The Allman Brothers, Muscle Shoals & more by Joe Boone | Photographs by Joe Boone http://tapeop.com/articles/82/johnny-sandlin/