The British music producer Martin Birch, who created albums like Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath, has died at the age of 71. Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale revealed the news of his death on Twitter on August 9. The cause of his death is yet to be determined.
Coverdale tweeted, “It is with a very heavy heart I’ve just had verified my very dear friend and producer Martin Birch has passed away. Martin was a huge part of my life … helping me from the first time we met through until Slide It In. .. My thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and fans.”
Birch, who was born 1948 in Surrey, was best known for his lengthy production stints with a number of legendary bands. He ha so far produced the first six Whitesnake albums. His career took off in the late 1960s as an engineer. Birch began working on recordings for Jeff Beck, Fleetwood Mac (“Kiln House” “Bare Trees”), Deep Purple (“In Rock” “Machine Head”) and Rainbow (“Rising” “Long Live Rock ’n Roll”)
Birch was a craftsman of early recording technology. He quite skillfully captured the energy of live bands and loud amplification. He created clear, focused recordings that brought new power to the heavy rock of the 1970s. The legendary producer also created Iron Maiden album from 1981’s ‘Killers’ to 1992’s ‘Fear of the Dark’.
Apart from that, Birch also produced Black Sabbath’s ‘Heaven and Hell’, which featured Ronnie James Dio who replaced Ozzy Osbourne on vocals. It also saw notable efforts from the likes of Rainbow and Deep Purple. Sabbath’s Geezer Butler also paid his tribute to the legendary producer on Twitter. He wrote, “Really sad to hear of the passing of Martin Birch. Brilliant producer. Had the pleasure of working with him on the Black Sabbath albums #HeavenandHell and #MobRules. Condolences to Vera and family. #RIPMartin”