Producer/Engineer Al Schmitt To Be Honored by Berklee College of Music
August 26, 2014 at 12:03 PM (PT)
Producer/engineer AL SCHMITT will receive an honorary doctor of music degree from BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC on SEPTEMBER 21st in LOS ANGELES. SCHMITT is a 21-time GRAMMY winner who has worked on 160 gold and platinum-selling albums. The ceremony, with SCHMITT honored by President ROGER H. BROWN, will take place at the CAPITOL RECORDS TOWER as part of an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of BERKLEE TODAY, the college’s alumni magazine.
This is the first time BERKLEE has presented an honorary doctorate in LOS ANGELES. The school has operated THE BERKLEE CENTER in LOS ANGELES for more than 20 years.
SCHMITT won his first GRAMMY in 1962 for engineering HENRY MANCINI’s soundtrack for "HATARI!," and his most recent in 2013 for PAUL MCCARTNEY’s "LIVE KISSES." In between, SCHMITT has been awarded GRAMMYS for his work with GEORGE BENSON, STEELY DAY, NATALIE COLE, QUINCY JONES, DIANA KRALL, LUIS MIGUEL, RAY CHARLES, NORAH JONES, CHICK COREA, and DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER He has been inducted into the TEC AWARDS HALL OF FAME, received the GRAMMY TRUSTEES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, and served on the RECORDING ACADEMY’s NATIONAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
SCHMITT was nominated for a 2014 EMMY for his work on CBS’ "THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA." He is also among those to receive a star on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME next year.
Past recipients of BERKLEE's honorary doctorate include DUKE ELLINGTON (the first, in 1971), DIZZY GILLESPIE, JIMMY PAGE, ARETHA FRANKLIN, QUINCY JONJES, JUAN LUIS GUERRA, DAVID BOWIE, GEORGE MARTIN, BONNIE RAITT, GEORGE CLINTON, and CAROLE KING.