On this date, 12 years ago, a veteran record producer died when his Jaguar veered off a motorway and down an embankment in Berkshire, England.
Gus Dudgeon was 59 years old. His wife, Sheila, was also in the car and was killed.
Dudgeon was best known for his productions during the 1970s with Elton, which yielded such hits as Your Song, Rocket Man, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me. Upon hearing the news, Elton said he was "devastated" and described Gus as "an incredibly talented producer and a very dear friend."
Dudgeon began his career as a tea boy at Olympic Studios, and by his early 20s was an in-house engineer at Decca Records' studios in West Hampstead. Early sessions there included recordings for Marianne Faithfull with producer Andrew Loog Oldham and session guitarists Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, later of Led Zeppelin.
In 1969, Gus worked with David Bowie, and, later on, produced albums by such acts as Chris Rea and XTC. He also served as producer for such one-off projects as the tribute set to Elton and Bernie Taupin, Two Rooms.