Keith Olsen, Legendary Rock Producer, Dies at 74

Keith Olsen
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Keith Olsen attends the Grammy SoundTables: Behind the Glass at Shure, Inc on June 25, 2009 in Niles, Ill.

Keith Olsen, a record producer whose resume spans rock's greatest, died on Monday (March 9) at his home in Genoa, Nevada. He was 74 years old.

According to The New York Times, Olsen's daughter Kelly Castady said he died of a cardiac arrest.

The rock producer worked with a number of music icons, including the Grateful Dead, Santana, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, Rick Springfield, Ozzy Osbourne and Scorpions, among others. Most notably, he produced Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's 1973 collection Buckingham Nicks. Olsen played one of the songs for Mick Fleetwood, and Nicks and Buckingham were soon asked to join Fleetwood Mac.

“Mick Fleetwood had asked us to join Fleetwood Mac, sight unseen," Nicks told The Observer in 2011. "Keith Olsen had played him ‘Buckingham Nicks,’ and told him Lindsey and I came as a pair.”

Olsen then produced the band's self-titled, chart-topping 1975 album, which included classics like “Rhiannon,” “Say You Love Me” and “Landslide.”


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