Larry Smith (producer)

American musician and record producer (1952-2014)

Lawrence Michael "Larry" Smith (June 11, 1951 – December 18, 2014) was an American musician and hip hop record producer. He was best known for his co-productions (with Russell Simmons) of Run-DMC's Run-D.M.C. (1984) and King of Rock (1985) and his solo production of Whodini's Escape (1984) and Back in Black (1986).[1]

Larry Smith
Birth nameLawrence Michael Smith
Born(1951-06-11)June 11, 1951
St. Albans, Queens, New York
DiedDecember 18, 2014(2014-12-18) (aged 63)
Flushing, Queens, New York
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Record producer
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1979-1994
Associated actsKurtis Blow, Run DMC, Whodini, Jimmy Spicer, Russell Simmons

Smith died on December 18, 2014 in Flushing, Queens, New York, 63.[2]


  1. Ettelson, Robbie. "The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith". Cuepoint. Retrieved 2014-10-19.
  2. "Larry Smith, Renowned Run-D.M.C. Producer, Has Died". SPIN. Retrieved 19 December 2014.