Grammy-Winning Engineer Al Schmitt Gets Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
August 14, 2015 at 11:49 AM (PT)
Multiple GRAMMY-winning recording engineer AL SCHMITT was awarded a star on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME yesterday in front of the historic CAPITOL RECORDS Tower on VINE STREET in HOLLYWOOD.
SCHMITT's 50-year-plus career boasts the record for most GRAMMY AWARDS held by a recording or mix engineer, a total of 23, including the GRAMMY TRUSTEES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD in 2006. In 2014, SCHMITT received the Honorary Doctorate from BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC (NET NEWS 9/11/14).
The NEW YORK native has worked on more than 150 Gold and Platinum albums, and was inducted into the TEC AWARDS HALL OF FAME in 1997 to honor his technical and creative excellence in recording and sound.
In his early days at RCA, SCHMITT engineered albums for the likes of SAM COOKE, ROSEMARY CLOONEY and HENRY MANCINI, including "Moon River" from "Breakfast At Tiffany's," which won the ACADEMY AWARD for Best Song.
In the mid-'60s, SCHMITT became an independent producer, working with ANN MARGRET, BOBBY DARIN and EDDIE FISHER, as well as JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, JACKSON BROWNE and NEIL YOUNG.
SCHMITT worked on countless award-winning albums at CAPITOL STUDIOS such as FRANK SINATRA’s "Duets" and "Duets II," GEORGE BENSON’s "Breezin," BARBRA STREISAND’s "Back To Broadway" and RAY CHARLES’ "Genius Loves Company," to name a few.
He engineered PAUL McCARTNEY’s "Kisses On The Bottom," which won the 2012 GRAMMY for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. SCHMITT was also featured in McCARTNEY’s "Live Kisses" DVD, which took the 2013 GRAMMY for both Best Music Film and Best Surround Sound Album. He also mixed "THE BEATLES: The Night That Changed America" for AEG/EHRLICH VENTURES – nominated in the Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series category for the 2014 EMMY AWARDS.
SCHMITT continues to work at CAPITOL STUDIOS, and his recent projects include the latest albums from NEIL YOUNG, "Storytone" and "On The Beach."