Bob Dylan producer Don DeVito dies aged 72

Man behind the desk on 'Blood On The Tracks' and 'Desire' dies of prostate cancer

Bob Dylan producer Don DeVito dies aged 72
Producer Don DeVito, who was most famed for his work with Bob Dylan, has died at the age of 72.

According to the BBC, DeVito - who also worked in A&R and as a music executive - passed away following a 16 year battle with prostate cancer. The news was confirmed in a statement released by Columbia Records.

After starting his career with CBS, he moved to Columbia and produced some of Dylan’s most iconic albums, including his 1975 LP 'Blood On The Tracks’. The pair would also work together on studio albums such as 'Desire' (1976) and 'Street-Legal' (1978), as well as live albums such as 1976’s 'Hard Rain'.

In 1981, DeVito was appointed National Vice President of A&R for Columbia and was nominated for five Grammy Awards in his career, finally winning the prize in 1989 for his work on 'Folkways – A Vision Shared: A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly’.

He also worked with other artists including Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel and Aerosmith before retiring four years ago.

The Recording Academy paid tribute to DeVito, who retired four years ago, by describing him as "a multifaceted talent" who "made a lasting impact on our industry". The producer is survived by his wife Carolyn and two children, Marissa and James.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Justin Timberlake opens up about bullying during his teen years
Rihanna: 'I want to work with Sam Smith'
Killer Mike says rap lyrics are being treated as 'admissions of guilt' in court
James Bay goes straight to Number One with debut album 'Chaos And The Calm'
Iggy Azalea teams up with Jennifer Hudson for new single 'Trouble' - watch
Russell Crowe claims Michael Jackson used to prank call him
Paul Weller streams new single 'Saturn's Pattern' - listen
Brandon Flowers transports back to 19th century in 'Can't Deny My Love' video - watch
Noel Gallagher says he's lost 'a fucking shitload of money' on solo career
James Bay announces UK and Ireland tour
One Direction remove Zayn Malik from video montage as their world tour continues
George Ezra performs 'Budapest' on 'Saturday Night Live' - watch
Rihanna performs 'Bitch Better Have My Money' live for the first time - watch
Taylor Swift joins Madonna onstage to perform 'Ghosttown' - watch
Kanye West, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Coldplay help launch Jay Z's new Tidal streaming service
Daphne & Celeste return with Max Tundra-produced comeback single 'You And I Alone'...
Noel Gallagher focuses on "brilliant" new album at Royal Albert Hall
Charli XCX and Sophie collaboration previewed - watch
Beck's 'Morning Phase' goes silver in UK after selling 60,000 copies
Zayn Malik looks to go solo after being pictured in recording studio with Naughty Boy
Justin Bieber joins Ariana Grande onstage to perform 'All That Matters' live - watch
Depeche Mode's Martin Gore announces solo album 'MG' and shares 'Europa...

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM