Mike Vernon (producer)
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Mike Vernon Producer

Michael William Hugh "Mike" Vernon (born 20 November 1944) is an English music executive studio owner, and record producer from Harrow, Middlesex.[1] He produced albums for British blues artists and groups in the 1960s, working with the Bluesbreakers, David Bowie, Duster Bennett, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Climax Blues Band, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John Mayall, Christine McVie and Ten Years After amongst others.[2]


Vernon is best known as founder of the blues record label, Blue Horizon.[1] He worked at Decca Records starting in 1963. He served as producer for the Mayall-Clapton collaboration Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966).[2]

In 1973 Sire Records,(SAS 7410) Vernon released a solo album, Moment of Madness. He was also a member of The Olympic Runners (1974-1979) and acted as producer for them. He was a producer and member of Rocky Sharpe and the Replays (1979-1983). With the Replays he sang bass under the psudonym of Eric Rondo.[3] He founded the Indigo and Code Blue record labels in the 1990s.[2]

Vernon came out of retirement to produce Dani Wilde's album Shine, and the second album by the British blues prodigy, Oli Brown. Brown's album entitled Heads I Win, Tails You Lose was released in March 2010.[4]

In October 2013, Vernon was rewarded with a BASCA Gold Badge Award,[5] in recognition of his unique contribution to music.

On 7 September 2018, the release of Vernon's first album on Manhaton Records will take place. The album is entitled Beyond The Blues Horizon. This release features twelve titles, including nine new self-penned originals, and three covers from the catalogues of Brook Benton, Mose Allison and Clarence Henry.[6] The release will be supported by a UK & European Tour under the billing of "Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo".[7] Vernon's band, The Mighty Combo, consist of Kid Carlos (guitar), Ian Jennings (upright bass), Matt Little (keyboards), Paul Tasker (saxophone) and Mike Hellier (drums).

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  2. ^ a b c "Biography by Richie Unterberger". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ Matt Frost. "Mike Vernon: Producing British Blues". Soundonsound.com. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ Applegate, Zoe (2010-05-11). "BBC - Oli Brown lures producer Mike Vernon for blues album". BBC News. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "2013 BASCA Gold Badge Award Recipients Announced". Ppluk.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ "Mike Vernon Steps Beyond the Blues Horizon". Ramzine.co.uk. Retrieved 2018. 
  7. ^ "MIKE VERNON -- Beyond The Blue Horizon". Rawramp.me. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  8. ^ "Innes Sibun Biography". Innessibun.org.uk. Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ "Mingo Balaguer". Mingobalaguer.es. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ Liam Martin. "Laurence Jones | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved . 

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