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Jack Richardson, CM (born 1929) is a Juno Award-nominated Canadian record producer and Order of Canada recipient. He is perhaps best known for producing the biggest hit records from The Guess Who from 1969 - 1975. He was an educator at Fanshawe Collegemarker in London, Ontariomarker in the Music Industry Arts program, as well as at the Harris Institute for the Arts in Toronto, Ontariomarker in the Producing and Engineering Program (PEP). The Juno Award for "Producer of the Year" has been named in Richardson's honour since 2002.


Richardson was born in Torontomarker, Ontariomarker, and had early musical training playing in various school bands. By 1949 he was playing professionally in "The Westernaires" who had a regular radio program. In 1958 he was working as an account executive for McCann-Erickson, a firm that produced a regular television program and in the mid 1960s Richardson and three others from this firm decided to form their own production company, Nimbus 9. Initially, audio recording was only one aspect of Nimbus 9, which was formed to provide multi-media production to their clients. Within a brief period of time, however, audio recording became the single focus of operations.

Richardson approached the Coca-Cola company with an idea to produce and market seven-inch singles (45s) through a type of bottle-cap reimbursement scheme. On one side of the release were a regionally popular band from Winnipeg, Manitobamarker, The Guess Who, and on the flip-side, a group from Ottawa, Ontariomarker called The Staccatos (later to become the Five Man Electrical Band). Both of these groups would soon have worldwide hit records.

Taking a chance, Richardson mortgaged his own home to obtain funds to produce a full-length record with The Guess Who. He took the group to Phil Ramone's A&R Recording studio in New Yorkmarker, and produced the classic 1968 Wheatfield Soul album, which spawned a massive international hit "These Eyes".

Richardson and The Guess Who had many more hits in the next few years, and as Richardson's reputation as a producer grew, so did his list of famous clients. From the early 1970s on, Richardson produced some of the biggest selling records of the era: Alice Cooper Love It to Death, Bob Seger's "Night Moves", Badfinger, Moxy, Poco, Max Webster and many others. This was in addition to the hits he was producing for The Guess Who, who were for a time (1970) the best selling rock group in the world.

In the mid-1980s, Richardson decided on another career change and became a Professor in the Music Industry Arts (MIA) program at Fanshawe Collegemarker in London, Ontariomarker, until he retired from teaching in 2007.

The non-profit Jack Richardson Music Awards, started in 2005, are named in his honour and given to up-and-coming musical acts and artists from London in a variety of categories.

Jack Richardson is the father of noted music producer Garth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down).

Selected discography

Among Richardson's producer credits are the following:

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