Elton John, the best-known artist to have had the “Dudgeon” effect in production of music recordings, has spoken on his website eltonjohn.com of the loss of an old pal.
Elton said he was “devastated”, adding: “Gus was an incredibly talented producer and a very dear friend for many years. I will miss him terribly.”
Gus Dudgeon, 59, and his wife Sheila, were killed in a car crash in the early hours of July 21, 2002, as their £80,000 Jaguar XK8 careered 20 feet down a grass bank and landed upside down in a concrete drainage ditch by a field. The incident happened between Maidenhead and Reading in Berkshire, south England. Weather conditions were good.
It emerged last night in ejw.com enquiries that Gus had tentatively agreed to work with Elton again, although the only published comments came from a swift open letter from drummer Nigel Olsson (see his letter on this website). Nigel said that only two months ago the two of them planned to work together again.
It is known that Gus yearned to work with Elton again, reliving some of the old methods of production in the early 1970s which made many of Elton’s formative albums iconic in their production qualities and hallmarks on the music industry’s development. Gus said so when he appeared at a special banquet lunch for fans in London on June 1, 2002, at a special event co-sponsored by www.eltonjohnworld.com
As well as being responsible for many of Elton’s early hit albums, Gus also produced a string of other successful acts including: David Bowie, Kiki Dee, Neil Sedaka, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithful and XTC. Gus was also managing a new talent band at the time of his sudden death.
Tributes from fans and celebrities have been flooding in, and we will be publishing these soon.
Jag Road Death Mystery – Monday, July 22 2002 at 09:53:46
UPDATE: Gus and Sheila Dudgeon killed in car accident – Monday, July 22 2002 at 09:52:30