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New Doc Tunes Into "The Greatest Ears in Town"

What do Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, Norah Jones, the Rascals, Willie Nelson, Phil Collins, Dr. John, Barbra Streisand, Chaka Khan, the Average White Band, and Hall & Oates have in common?

Not much, musically. But they all made records, and some of their most memorable, in the studio with Arif Mardin staring back at them through the glass in the production booth.

For more than four decades, first as a producer-arranger for Atlantic Records and then as a producer/A&R man for EMI's Manhattan Records, Mardin guided the sound behind a lot of albums, including dozens of gold and platinum sellers.

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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