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Jimmy Dabble by Frans Vischer - goodreads.com


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The American-born Jimmy Miller was one of the few record producers who understood the spirit of the Rolling Stones. During a six-year association from 1968 to 1973 he helped create some of their most satisfactory albums and vibrant hit singles, including Beggars Banquet and 'Jumping Jack Flash'.

He brought the right mixture of diplomacy, laissez-faire attitude and studio organisation to the sometimes confused Stones and gave them a sense of direction during the crisis-ridden Sixties. After their dabble in psychedelia on the 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request he helped refocus the band. The Stones had tried to rival the Beatles' Sgt Pepper and lost their R&B feeling in the process. After a poor reception to the album, Jagger hired Miller, a New Yorker then living in London. Bill Wyman remembered: 'During the time under Miller's supervision, the juices began to flow. We were productive and disciplined.'

Jimmy Miller had just the right personality and background to cope with the Stones without appearing too bossy. An R&B fan, composer and drummer, he started producing records in 1963. He was invited to London by Chris Blackwell of Island to work with the indie label's burgeoning acts and his first hit production was 'Gimme Some Loving' (1966) by the Spencer Davis Group. Miller later co-wrote 'I'm A Man' with Steve Winwood, the group's last big hit in 1967.

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