Nick Blagona

Nick Blagona and Ian Gillan.jpg

Nick Blagona, who was credited on numerous Deep Purple related albums died last week, having been seriously ill for some time. Seen above with Ian Gillan, Nick’s name can be found on the technical credits to Rainbow’s ‘Straight Between the Eyes’, Deep Purple’s ‘Perfect Strangers’, ‘House of Blue Light’, ‘Slaves and Masters’ as well as solo projects including Roger Glover’s ‘Mask’, Gillan/Glover’s ‘Accidentally on Purpose’ album and several of IG’s later solo releases.
As the recording engineer, Nick (nicknamed Nik The Knife by April Wine!) would be responsible for getting clean, balanced recordings of all the musicians as they laid down the initial recordings in the studio and his career (which began in London in the Sixties at Decca though he was based for most of his life in Canada) spanned some four decades. Needless to say his duties often went beyond recording engineer, for example he produced, engineered, mixed and mastered Ian Gillan’s ‘One Eye To Morocco’ album in 2009, his final connection with the Purple family. Nick was able to say farewell on social media, and thanked “every artist whoever entrusted me with their creative output and hope I did each of you proud.”

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One Response to “Nick Blagona”

  1. Grant Says:

    Sad to see another legend passing, I always enjoyed the results Nicks work brought out.

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