November 20, 2014
Joel Dorn, the Grammy-winning record producer who worked with Roberta Flack, Bette Midler and other stars, has died at age 65.
Kevin Calabro of Hyena Records, a small independent jazz label Dorn founded, says Dorn died yesterday in New York of a heart attack.
Dorn won back-to-back Grammys for record of the year in 1972 and
1973 for the Roberta Flack hits "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Killing Me Softly With His Song."
He also produced such acclaimed recordings as Midler's "The Divine Miss M" and The Allman Brothers "Idlewild South."
He was likely best known within the industry, however, as one of the in-house producers for Ahmet Ertegun's Atlantic Records, where he worked with such jazz greats as Max Roach and Herbie Mann.
Dorn is survived by sons David, Michael and Adam and his longtime companion, Faye Rosen.