Tom Skeeter, a longtime music industry insider and owner of the legendary Sound City Studios, has died, Billboard has confirmed.
A cause of death was not revealed at press time. “We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him to all of you. Thank you to all of the people who have stopped by the office to meet Tom in the past few years– he enjoyed the visits, and loved hearing how far people had come,” a statement on the Sound City Studios Facebook page reads.
The news was first confirmed on Sept. 12, via the Sound City Studios Facebook page, as well as from a tweet from musician Rick Springfield. “Tom was a southern gentleman who, along with Joe Gottfried took me under their collective wing at Sound City in 1976 and allowed me the freedom to write and record at their magic studio,” Springfield told Billboard in statement on Sept. 13. “Tom was one of the good guys.”
Tom Skeeter (parter in Sound City Studios & my co-manager through the ’80s) has passed away. A southern gentleman. RIP Tom. xo Rick
— Rick Springfield (@rickspringfield) September 12, 2014
Sound City Studios, located in Van Nuys, California, is where a number of iconic acts recorded their music after being founded in 1969. Neil Young, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Ronnie James Dio, Weezer, Foreigner, The Black Crowes, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash, among others, all went on to record music at the Los Angeles-based studio.
In 2013, Sound City became the subject of a documentary, “Sound City,” directed by former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl. The film documents the history of the studio and included interviews with a number of the legendary musicians who have worked within its hallowed halls.