Mastering Engineer George Marino Dies of Cancer
George Marino, the legendary mastering engineer whose talents graced an impressive discography that included albums for John Lennon, Stevie Wonder, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Coldplay and countless other artists, has passed away after a struggle with cancer.
“Today Sterling Sound and the music industry as a whole has suffered a tremendous loss,” announced Marino’s longtime employer Sterling Sound in a statement. “Senior Mastering Engineer George Marino lost his battle with cancer this morning. Words cannot express the sorrow we feel. George was family to us all and we will miss him dearly.”
After starting his career with Capitol Studios in 1967, Marino moved on to the Record Plant, where he was a key component of the studio’s foundation as it evolved into a fixture of New York’s musical landscape. From there he headed to Sterling Sound, where he worked for nearly 40 years — and amassed an amazing list of credits that was still going strong as recently as last year, when he earned a Grammy for Arcade Fire‘s ‘The Suburbs.’
Marino’s death is keenly felt by a number of his clients, including Weezer, who tweeted their respects for the man who “mastered many of our albums including ‘Blue’ and ‘Pinkerton.’” Guitarist Joe Satriani shared his own condolences, tweeting “R.I.P. George Marino, we will miss you.”