Roy Thomas Baker

English record producer, songwriter, arranger

Roy Thomas Baker (born 10 November 1946) is an English record producer, songwriter and arranger. He helped create a series of extremely popular pop and rock records from the 1970s to the present day. Although he was born in London, England, he now divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles, Europe, and his recording studio in Arizona. Baker started at Decca Records in England at the age of 14. He later moved to Trident Studios, where he worked with the likes of Gus Dudgeon and Tony Visconti.

One of his best known productions is the hit song "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. He also produced artists such as Nazareth, Guns N' Roses, The Who, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Cars, Foreigner, Journey, Pilot, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, T. Rex, Devo, The Stranglers, Dusty Springfield, Starcastle, T'Pau, Yes, Cheap Trick, Gasolin' and The Darkness. Most recently he has worked with The Smashing Pumpkins on their 2007 album Zeitgeist. In 2008 he produced in his Arizona recording studio "The Storm" which has become a gold record. In 2008 he produced a track on the Smashing Pumpkins EP American Gothic.

According to Jimmy Chamberlin, the only times Baker complained during the making of Zeitgeist were when he was denied permission to build a helipad on his California mansion and when he had to sell a castle he owned in England.



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