Throughout his accomplished career as a sound engineer and record producer, Ron Nevison has assembled an impressive body of work spanning multiple eras, genres, and sounds. Whether kick-starting a stalled hit maker like Jefferson Airplane back into flight as Jefferson Starship, or breathing fresh air into a band’s outdated sound—such as was the case with Heart and Chicago—rarely has a project outmatched his multi-platinum production touch. Critics took note of Nevison’s exceptional ear early in his career—his first tremendous success came in 1973 with The Who’s Quadrophenia, which he engineered. In their review of the now-iconic album, Rolling Stone Magazine observed that it had been “magnificently recorded.”
Nevison’s profile continued to rise through the mid-1970s as he helped to sonically shape a new generation of rock via his engineering work on the first three Bad Company’s LPs, Thin Lizzy, and perhaps most notably on Led Zeppelin’s 1975 Physical Graffiti LP, among a host of others. Nevison’s transition into head producer for groups like The Babys, Traffic’s Dave Mason, UFO, and Eddie Money cemented his status as one of the industry’s most in-demand hit record producers. Nevison’s successes were measured by those of the acts he produced throughout the 1980s, carving out a niche for himself as the go-to producer for veteran rock acts needing a commercial reintroduction to a new generation of rock fans. During this highly productive period, he produced three top-10 hits from Survivor’s ‘Vital Signs’ LP, eight top-10 hits with Heart (including #1 smash hits like ‘These Dreams’ and ‘Alone’), and orchestrated the turn-around of legendary pop-rock outfit Chicago on 1988’s ‘19’ LP, which produced three top-ten hits including ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love,’ ‘Look Away,’ and ‘You’re Not Alone.’
Amid this era, Nevison balanced his smash pop-rock resume with a return to his harder rock roots through collaborations with genre giants like Ozzy Osbourne on ‘The Ultimate Sin,’ Kiss on ‘Crazy Nights,’ and the two multi-platinum Damn Yankees studio LPs. The producer also logged hits during the heyday of the hair-metal genre with platinum rockers including Europe, Bad English, Firehouse, and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil. Nevison’s rock production was also discovered by a new audience throughout the 1990s as greatest hits collections were released by the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Thin Lizzy, all featuring classic hits engineered and/or produced by Ron Nevison, who continued to maintain a mainstream pop presence with these and other rock legends throughout the 1990s, producing hit records for Meatloaf, Night Ranger, Candlebox, Lynryd Skynryd, UFO, and Grand Funk Railroad.
Ron Nevison’s career highlights include many of the record industry’s highest distinctions, including his being recognized as Billboard Magazine’s Top-5 Producers of the Year four separate times, garnering countless Grammy-nominated and winning hit records, and producing well over one hundred million albums sold in the course of his almost forty year career. The material in this section originates from Nevison’s personal collection and represents both his hands-on work—acetates and studio tapes for many of his most important albums—as well as the accolades that these garnered—most importantly, a large selection of RIAA silver, gold, and platinum record awards.