Chris Blair (died 2005) joined Abbey Road Studios in 1969 as a Tape Operator when he worked on sessions including Joe Loss, Ken Dodd and Des O’Connor. After a request to ‘help out’, he was asked to be a tape operator on The Beatles’ Abbey Road album, recorded that summer. Chris then moved into disc-cutting, first producing acetates before moving on to mastering singles, albums and CDs. Throughout his career at Abbey Road, Chris worked with some of the most respected bands and artists in the music industry including Radiohead, The Divine Comedy, Sting, Travis, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Mike Scott & The Waterboys, Spiritualized, Oasis, Queen, Blur, Saint Etienne, Muse, Genesis, Supergrass Bernard Butler, Roxette, Kate Bush, Cliff Richard, Paul Carrack, Tina Turner, Mike Batt, Duran Duran, James, Gary Moore, Phil Collins, Madness, Alan Parsons, Teenage Fanclub, Tanita Tikaram, Morrissey, The Buzzcocks, Joan Armatrading, James Galway, Boyzone, Jethro Tull, Pet Shop Boys, Roger Taylor, Rolf Harris, Robbie Williams and Lord Lloyd Webber to name a few. In 2001, Chris was honoured when Radiohead’s Kid A album won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album. Other award-winning projects have included Sting’s Brand New Day (Best Pop Album, Grammy Award 2000) and Travis’ The Man Who (Best Album, Brit Award 2000). Chris also mastered many of the Now That What I Call Music and Best In The World Ever compilation series. Chris died on November 7th 2005 of leukemia. He was 55 years old.
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