Steve Brown, producer for Manic Street Preachers, Wham! and more, dies aged 65

Nicky Wire joined other musicians in celebrating a producer who "taught us so much"

Famed record producer Steve Brown has died aged 65, it has been revealed.

Brown worked with the likes of Manic Street Preachers, The Cult, Elton John, Wham! and more across his lengthy career. The beloved producer died after a short illness related to a fall he had at his home in early December. A statement from his family said that ” apart from his prowess behind the mixing desk, he was an incredibly popular man. He had a wonderful sense of humour and bags of charm in equal measure.”

“He was the loveliest of men, kind, generous, incredibly funny,” said his wife Jacky Brown. “He lit up a room with his humour, and always tried to help those with less than he had. He  left a true legacy both professionally and personally”.

The Cult led the tributes from the various artists who he worked with.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of legendary producer Steve Brown,” The Cult wrote in a tweet. “He was hugely influential in The Cult’s evolution and shall forever been entwined in our DNA our deepest condolences to Steve’s family our hearts are with you.”

Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire also paid tribute to the man that produced their iconic 1992 album ‘Generation Terrorists’.

“So very sad to hear of the passing of Steve Brown we had so much fun working with him,” Wire wrote. “He taught us so much-so many memories and stories-Motorcycle Emptiness was his masterpiece with us but he produced many more-love and thoughts with his family and friends.”

Wire also shared a photo of Brown with his dog at the studio where the Manics were recorded the album.

“Here is another snapshot I took when recording Generation Terrorists at Black Barn studios,” Wire wrote. “Steve with his lovely Labrador.”

The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy joined the tributes, writing: “So very sad to hear about Steve or as we affectionately knew him… ‘Bodger Brown’.

“Who knows how The Cult’s career would have turned out if we hadn’t worked with him… I really believe he was the right man at the right time…”

Confirming news of his death, his family added: “Steve’s death came so unexpectedly and at a relatively young age. It was particularly tragic because Steve had many great projects in the pipeline including The Drive Foundation.The Drive Foundation is about promoting mental health, and Steve was the founding member.

“He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jacky and their two children, Max and Luke. He will be missed by the music industry, friends and family alike.”

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