Producer/Musician Steve Burgh Dies

Worked with Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, others.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Steve Burgh, a record producer and musician who worked with Billy Joel, the Ramones, Phoebe Snow and others, died of a heart attack Monday at his home in Kingston, N.Y., said his lawyer, Leslie Berman. Burgh was 54.

A talented sideman and producer, Burgh played with a number of artists in the '70s and '80s, including Willie Nelson, Judy Collins and Steve Goodman.

He was a guitarist on Joel's 1976 album "The Stranger," including the Grammy-winning song "Just the Way You Are." He was also the musical director for Gladys Knight, Richie Havens and others.

In 1982, Burgh opened a Manhattan recording studio, Baby Monster, that prospered for a decade and recorded Emmylou Harris, John Cage and Cypress Hill, among many others.

In Kingston, he opened 33, a nightclub and recording studio.


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