Johnny Sandlin, an Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee and producer/engineer best known for his work with Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit and Chuck Leavell, has died at age 72, according to the Decatur Daily.
John Everett "Johnny" Sandlin Jr., was born in Decatur, Alabama, on Apr. 16, 1945, and was a longtime producer for the Capricorn Records label, as well as a session musician who played guitar, bass and drums in a series of bands in the early 1960s.
According to an Encyclopedia Alabama biography, Sandlin played in a group called The Five Minutes that eventually merged with Gregg and Duane Allman's early band The Allman Joys to form The Allman Brothers Band, considered the godfathers of Southern rock. Following the formation of Capricorn in 1969, Sandlin moved over to the production side and worked on albums by Johnny Jenkins and, most famously, such landmark Allman releases as Live at the Fillmore East (1970), Eat a Peach (1971) and Brothers and Sisters (1973), among others.