Bob Hine, Founder of U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, Dies

Music Producers Guild's Dave Harries, Bob Hine and Ken Townsend
MPG.org.uk

'He is simply one of the most important figures in professional music recording of the last 50 years,' producer Robin Millar says.

Bob Hine, a founder of the Music Producers Guild, died Saturday in New Milton, U.K., after a two-year struggle with cancer, according to the organization's website.

Hine -- who was affiliated with the U.K. manufacturing arm of BASF and consequently supplied recording tape to British recording studios -- prompted three producers, Mike Vernon, Gus Dudgeon and Alan Parsons, to form the then-named British Record Producer's Guild. He even went so far as to lend the BASF boardroom as a meeting place for the then-fledgling organization. In addition to representing the record producers to government, the group also engages in dialogue with other music industry organizations to influence matters of mutual interest and benefit for the music industry, according to the organization's website.

"His absolute passion for standards and quality in the music he loved drove his mission to make record production into a recognised and definable profession," according to a statement on the MPG website from record producer Robin Millar, who has produced Sade, Big Country, Fine Young Cannibals, and Everything But the Girl, among others. "Without Bob’s tireless persuasion and energy there would be no Music Producers Guild. There would be no studio producer courses at Universities. There would be no standards in recording quality, mixing quality, mastering quality, music carrier quality. He is simply one of the most important figures in professional music recording of the last 50 years."

The MPG website says that Hine is being put to rest at Bournemouth Crematorium on Tuesday with a gathering afterward at the Cliff House Hotel in Bournemouth, U.K.