Massive Attack’s ‘Blue Lines’ producer dies

Jonny Dollar has passed away aged 45

Record producer Jonny Dollar, who produced Massive Attack‘s 1991 album ‘Blue Lines’, has died of cancer in London aged 45.

As well as producing ‘Blue Lines’, Dollar also worked with Neneh Cherry and produced Gabrielle‘s three-times platinum 1999 album ‘Rise’.

Dollar will be buried in a private funeral in Cornwall, which will be followed by a memorial service in London. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, president of Gabrielle‘s label, Polydor, has spoken about Dollar‘s death.

“When I first heard [‘Blue Lines’ single] ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ like everybody else who heard it, I don’t think I could really believe what I was hearing,” he told Music Week. “As a fan of these records it was a natural thing for me to call him up when we were looking for a producer for Gabrielle‘s third album, ‘Rise’.

“As committed and driven a producer as I’ve ever met, I literally had to take the tracks by force back off him, he was so determined to make them perfect. The result was a Number One single and album, (both called) ‘Rise’. He was as tough artistically as he was gentle a person.”