Maverick knob twiddler beats out Quincy Jones, George Martin and Phil Spector in our rundown

Sixties maverick Joe Meek has been named as the Greatest Producer of all time by NME.

Meek, who produced records by the likes of Billy Fury, Shirley Bassey and Gene Vincent, is also credited with inventing a number of techniques which have gone on to become staples for countless artists while recording their albums.

The Beatles‘ producer George Martin was second, with Michael Jackson/George Benson collaborator Quincy Jones at Number Three. Nile Rodgers was fourth, with ‘Wall Of Sound’ creator Phil Spector at Number Five.

Rick Rubin, who has been at the controls for records by Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and countless others is Number Six, with U2/Coldplay man Brian Eno at Number Seven. Brian Wilson was Number Eight, ‘Nevermind’ producer Butch Vig was at Nine and hip-hop maestro Dr Dre was Number 10.

Stephen Street, The Neptunes, Nigel Godrich, Timbaland and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry all narrowly failed to make the Top 10.

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