Bruce Swedien, the legendary audio engineer behind Michael Jackson's Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous, died on Monday night (Nov. 16). He was 86 years old.
Swedien's daughter, Roberta, shared that he "passed away peacefully" on Facebook. "He had a long life full of love, great music, big boats and a beautiful marriage," she wrote. "We will celebrate that life. He was loved by everyone. Rest in Peace dear sweet Daddy-ji."
In his early 20s, Swedien worked under Bill Putnam at Universal Recording, where he recorded artists including Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington. Soon, he was introduced to Quincy Jones, who asked him to collaborate on Michael Jackson's 1979 album, Off the Wall.