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Bruce Fairbairn

Bruce Fairbairn
Bruce Earl Fairbairn (December 30, 1949 - May 17, 1999) was a Canadian musician and international record
producer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was active as a producer from 1976 to 1999 and is
considered one of the best of his era. His most successful productions are Slippery When Wet and New Jersey by Bon
Jovi, Permanent Vacation, Pump, and Get a Grip by Aerosmith, and The Razors Edge by AC/DC, all of which sold
at least five million copies each. He was originally a trumpet player and then started a career as a record producer for
Canadian rock band Prism. He won the Canadian music industry Producer of the Year Juno Award 3 times. He
produced albums for many famous international artists such as Loverboy, Blue Öyster Cult, Bon Jovi, Poison,
Aerosmith, AC/DC, Scorpions, Van Halen, Chicago, The Cranberries, INXS, KISS and Yes. His style was notable
for introducing dynamic horn arrangements into rock music productions. Fairbairn died suddenly on May 17, 1999
due to unknown causes.
He is no relation to American actor Bruce Fairbairn of the mid-1970s television series The Rookies.

Career
Early life and Prism
Fairbairn played the trumpet since the age of 5, as well as studying the piano. Until the age of 16, he was a trumpetist
in community groups. While in the 10th grade at Vancouver's Prince of Wales Secondary School, Fairbarn founded
his first band The Spectres, managed by Bruce Allen, who would remain with Fairbairn through his career.
In the early 70s, he started producing when he was part of the Vancouver band jazz-rock group Sunshyne, on which
he played both trumpet and horn. There he met bandmate Jim Vallance, who would go on to become one of the most
successful songwriters in the music industry and an important music associate. After Vallance left Sunshyne in 1973,
Fairbairn changed Sunshyne's format to blues-rock-pop. Fairbairn recruited guitarist Lindsay Mitchell, from
Vancouver band Seeds of Time, as singer-songwriter and frontman. Fairbairn worked through 1974 to land a
recording contract for Sunshyne, using demos of two songs written by Mitchell. By mid-1975, as Fairbairn could not
close a record deal for Sunshyne, he approached Vallance for assistance. Vallance reworked the arrangements on the
Mitchell songs and supplied three of his own at Fairbairn's request. One of the Vallance songs, "Open Soul Surgery"
impressed an executive at record label GRT, who signed Fairbairn's group to a recording contract in 1976.[1]
Over the next year, Fairbairn produced an album using various musicians (including himself) from both Sunshyne
and Seeds of Time. The newly renamed band Prism then released its debut album in 1977. The album reached
platinum status in Canada, with sales in excess of 100,000 albums by 1978. Fairbairn himself, however, elected not
to be a member of Prism, and is credited only as producer and as a session musician on the album, and did not play
with Prism on any live dates.
Fairbairn produced Prism's next three albums, all of which went platinum or double platinum in Canada. In 1980,
Fairbairn won his first of three Canadian music industry Producer of the Year Juno Awards for Prism's third album
Armageddon.

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which while garnering mixed reviews.Bruce Fairbairn Loverboy In 1980. and which sold over seven million copies in United States. Fairbairn produced The Cranberries' To the Faithful Departed. which racked up sales of seven million and solidified the band's growing representation as international media stars. Permanent Vacation His next major production. with five singles charting on the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. which Fairbairn described as "a return to my brass roots". he produced another Aerosmith commercial smash. Steven Tyler said that Fairbairn was instrumental in the creation of the album and "helped relight the fire under Aerosmith". Fairbain also produced Aerosmith's follow-up. A year later. to work with him and his protégé Bob Rock.[2] Fairbairn's productions attracted a growing list of international artists to Vancouver's Little Mountain Sound Studios. Slippery When Wet Fairbairn's biggest commercial success is Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet (1986).[] In late 1996 and through early 1997 he produced INXS' 'comeback' album Elegantly Wasted. Fairbairn started production work on the debut album for Canadian rock band Loverboy. and won him another "Producer of the Year" Juno Award. and liked the studio so much he bought it from Vallance the following year. "Angel" and "Rag Doll". Krokus' 1984 album The Blitz and Canadian band Honeymoon Suite's arena rock 1985 album The Big Prize continued Fairbairn's string of international hits. Over the next 5 years. 1990 brought AC/DC's The Razor's Edge.[3] 2 . obtained sales that were higher than INXS' previous albums. His last fully completed project was the Atomic Fireballs' Torch This Place for Atlantic Records in 1999. while still working with Prism. In 1993. which made him a top rate international record producer. The self-titled album Loverboy would be the first Fairbairn production to break through in the lucrative US market and launch Fairbairn's international success. and KISS reunion-album Psycho Circus. Also in 1995 Fairbairn went to Vallance's Armoury Studios in Vancouver to work on Chicago's Night and Day: Big Band. Get a Grip. as well as Poison's Flesh and Blood. Aerosmith's 1987 album Permanent Vacation. 1989's Pump. Fairbairn's work on Blue Öyster Cult's 1983 album The Revölution by Night. The 1990s saw Fairbairn working with a string of internationally influential hard rock acts. Continued international success In 1988 Fairbairn produced the Bon Jovi album New Jersey. was another huge international success and generated a series of hits including "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)". which had sales in excess of seven million and was widely acclaimed by critics. The album sold over twenty-eight million copies worldwide. Next Fairbairn produced the Scorpions' Face the Heat and in 1995 Van Halen's Balance. which holds the record for the hard rock album to spawn the most Top 10 singles.

[4] In March 2000.Balance (3x Platinum) 3 .Get a Grip (7x Platinum) • 1993: Scorpions .The Heat 1991: AC/DC . In his interviews concerning The Ladder. Production discography • 1977: Prism .The Revölution by Night 1983: Loverboy .Living in Fiction 1985: Black n' Blue . as well as Tom Keenlyside.Prism • 1978: Prism .The Razors Edge (5x Platinum) 1990: Paul Laine . and he appears to be very ill.Slippery When Wet (12x Platinum) 1987: Aerosmith . He was survived by his wife Julie. 1999 Fairbairn was found dead by Yes singer Jon Anderson and Armoury manager Sheryl Preston in his Vancouver home.Push Comes to Shove (Gold) • 1995: Van Halen .Gorky Park 1990: AC/DC .Under the Volcano 1987: Loverboy .The Blitz (Gold) 1984: Fast Forward . Highlighted by reminiscences from close friends.See Forever Eyes • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1979: Prism . Bruce can be seen in short sections at the bonus material on Yes' Live At The House Of Blues DVD. the event included musical performances from Jon Anderson and Steve Howe performing the song "Nine Voices" from Yes' The Ladder sessions.Pump (7x Platinum) 1989: Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell 1989: Gorky Park .Bruce Fairbairn Sudden death and legacy During the mixing sessions for Yes' The Ladder.Young and Restless 1980: Loverboy .Days in Europa (Second Version) 1981: Loverboy . Kevin and Brent. "A Celebration of the Life of Bruce Earl Fairbairn".Live (3x Platinum) 1993: Aerosmith .Without Love 1985: Honeymoon Suite . David Sinclair and finally. guitarist. on May 17.[] A memorial. the two would travel to New York to meet Bon Jovi for another album together.Permanent Vacation (5x Platinum) 1987: Rock and Hyde .Wildside (Gold) 1988: Dan Reed Network .Armageddon 1980: Prism . Rock declared that the same week Fairbairn died.Get Lucky (4x Platinum) 1982: Strange Advance .Keep It Up (2x Platinum) 1984: Krokus .New Jersey (7x Platinum) 1989: Aerosmith . Fairbairn was posthumously awarded the "Canadian Music Hall of Fame" Juno Award for his work.Stick it in Your Ear 1990: Poison .Flesh & Blood (3x Platinum) 1991: Dan Reed Network . held at the Vancouver Chan Centre was attended by more than 300 people. with whom he had three sons: Scott.Face the Heat • 1994: Jackyl . "Taps" played on Bruce's trumpet by son Brent.The Big Prize 1986: Bon Jovi .Dan Reed Network 1988: Bon Jovi .Worlds Away 1983: Blue Öyster Cult .Loverboy (2x Platinum) 1980: The Skids .

Psycho Circus (Gold) 1998: Atomic Fireballs .Elegantly Wasted 1998: KISS .Bruce Fairbairn • • • • • • 1995: Chicago . com/ mag/ audio_current_19/ ) 4 .Torch This Place 1999: Yes .To the Faithful Departed (2x Platinum) 1997: INXS .The Ladder References [1] [2] [3] [4] http:/ / allmusic. jhtml BRUCE FAIRBAIRN REMEMBERED (http:/ / mixonline. com/ artist/ seeds-of-time-p371123/ biography http:/ / www.Night and Day: Big Band 1996: The Cranberries . com/ news/ articles/ 1428807/ news-flash-producer-bruce-fairbairn-dead-at-49. allmusic. mtv. com/ artist/ bruce-fairbairn-mn0000631808 http:/ / www.

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