The MTP Interview: Terry Manning, Engineer, Producer, Artist

Awesome interview with a living legend!

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Terry Manning with Guitar, photo by Simon Mott

“Manning is one of the most respected engineers and producers in music history — Led Zeppelin III, the first two Big Star records, Al Green, ZZ Top, the Staple Singers, Albert King, Shakira, Lenny Kravitz, and literally over 100 others have benefitted from his work in either or both capacities.”
—Tom Jurek, All Music Guide

Terry Manning grew up in Texas and started his musical career in El Paso being mentored by his friend and another Texas legend, Bobby Fuller (“I Fought the Law“).  After Bobby Fuller’s death, Terry moved to Memphis and was hired by Steve Cropper to work at the Stax Records studio.  His career as an engineer and producer included working at Ardent Studios and Abbey Road and then joining Island Records founder Chris Blackwell at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas for many years.

Terry has…

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