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Hal Willner


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Hal Willner (born 1957, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American music producer working in recording, films, TV and live events. He is best known for assembling tribute albums and events featuring a wide variety of artists and musical styles (jazz, classical, rock, Tin Pan Alley). His first tribute album was Armacord Nino Rota in 1981.

In the 1970s he worked under record producer Joel Dorn. He became music supervisor of Saturday Night Live in 1981, a position he still holds. He was also a producer of the TV program Sunday Night hosted by David Sanborn.

Willner has produced albums for Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, William S. Burroughs, Gavin Friday, Lucinda Williams, Laurie Anderson, and Allen Ginsberg, among others. He produced a live tribute concert to Tim Buckley, that ultimately launched the career of Tim’s son Jeff. He has released one album under his own name: Whoops, I’m an Indian, which featured audio samples from 78 rpm records from the early-mid 20th century.

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    Shoutbox desperately requires more praise of Weird Nightmare. It's extraordinary. [2]

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    Shoutbox desperately requires more praise of Weird Nightmare. It's extraordinary.

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  • LordOpeth

    Do not listen to 'Whoops I'm an Indian' if you have taken a lot of drus. You may not survive.

    29 Dec 2007 Reply

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