Roy Thomas Baker
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Background information
Born Hampstead, London, UK
Occupation Producer, songwriter, arranger, Recording Academy Governor
Years active 1970s-present
Associated acts Andy Taylor
David Bowie
Guns N' Roses
Music Producer

Roy Thomas Baker (born in Hampstead, London, UK) is a multiple award-winning Anglo-American music producer, songwriter, arranger and Recording Academy Governor, who has produced Platinum and Gold certified pop and rock records from the 1970s to the present. His work has included producing Andy Taylor's debut solo single "Take It Easy", released in 1986.


Baker began his career at Decca Records in England at the age of 14. Encouraged by music producer Gus Dudgeon he soon moved to Trident Studios, where he worked with music producer greats Gus Dudgeon, Tony Visconti, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Frank Zappa as well as recording artist The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Nazareth, Santana, Free and T.Rex.

After co-founding Neptune (Trident's record company), Baker met a band that would eventually be known as Queen. He began a working relationship that lasted for five albums and a number of awards – including a Grammy and The Guinness World Records Prize for the best single, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Following his successes with Queen and other artists Baker signed a multi album production deal with CBS Music. He then proceeded to move to the U.S. and set up offices in New York and Los Angeles.

Baker has also worked with artists such as Guns N' Roses, Alice Cooper, Foreigner, Pilot, Ozzy Osbourne, Devo, The Stranglers, Dusty Springfield, T'Pau, Yes, Cheap Trick and Lewis Furey.

A selection of production creditsEdit

  • Fire and Water - Free (1971)
  • Nazareth - Nazareth (1971)
  • A Night At The Opera - Queen (1975)
  • Morin Heights - Pilot (1976)
  • Jazz - Queen (1978)
  • The Cars - The Cars (1978)
  • Candy-O - The Cars (1979)
  • Head Games - Foreigner (1979)
  • Panorama - The Cars (1980)
  • Shake It Up - The Cars (1981)
  • One on One - Cheap Trick (1982)
  • Too Fast for Love - Mötley Crüe (1983)
  • You Boyz Make Big Noize - Slade (1987)
  • Zeitgeist - The Smashing Pumpkins (2007) 
  • American Gothic - The Smashing Pumpkins (2008)


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