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Bruce Swedien
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Swedien in 1998
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Born (1934-04-19)April 19, 1934
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Died November 16, 2020(2020-11-16) (aged 86)
Genres Pop
  • Audio engineer
  • Songwriter
  • Record producer
Years active 1959–2020
Associated acts

Bruce Swedien (April 19, 1934 – November 16, 2020) was an American audio engineer and music producer. He was known for his work with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.


He became known for his work in 1962 on Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons "Big Girls Don't Cry".

Swedien was a five-time Grammy Award winner. He recorded, mixed, and assisted in producing the best-selling album in the world, Thriller (1982) by Michael Jackson.

He also recorded and mixed for jazz artists such as Count Basie, Art Blakey, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, The Second Coming, and Jeff Oster.


Swedien died on November 16, 2020 at the age of 86.

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