Many artists and producers have dreamed of having a hit record, or winning a Grammy. Karl Richardson has recorded and produced nineteen number one records and has nine Grammy Award nominations. He has won Grammys for "Producer of the Year" and "Album of the Year."
Having said that, kick back and think about the uncountable hours Karl (along with his production partners Albhy Galuten, and the Brothers Gibb) have spent in the studio.
Karl began recording in the late 60s, working for Mack Emerman (founder of Criteria Studios). His musical and technical abilities were used to the fullest recording and/or mixing albums by Eric Clapton, the Average White Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. During those years at Criteria, his abilities earned him the position of Senior Engineer. If this weren't enough, Karl soon found himself in charge of the disc mastering department as well. Some of Karl's mastering credits include Stephen Stills, Grand Funk Railroad and the Bee Gees. Very few record industry vets can lay claim to record sales in excess of 130 million units, and Karl Richardson is one of them. His list of credits include such top acts as the Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Andy Gibb, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (see list below).
As the 80's came to a close, Karl found himself exploring new horizons. With his unprecedented success and background, he reinvented himself as one of the most respected theatrical sound designers in the nation. His responsibilities not only included the co-ordination of artists and directors, but the overall mechanical and electronic designs, including equipment specs and budgets. Karl's theatrical credits include "Jekyll & Hyde", "The Civil War" and "Little Shop of Horrors". His work can be seen and heard on Broadway, or in such diverse locations as the Alley Theatre in Houston or the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota.
Where would you expect to find Karl in the year 2000? On the golf course or deep-sea fishing? Perhaps, but first you'd better check the studio. Karl's brand new state-of-the-art, all digital ProTools control room is housed at Audio Vision Recording Studios in Miami, where he's been re-united with longtime friends and partners Mack Emerman, the Albert Brothers and Steve Alaimo. Long before South Florida was known as a recording center Karl, Chuck Kirkpatrick and the Alberts believed in Mack and the "South Florida Magic". Working together again, there's no telling what might ensue. One thing is for sure, they are going to have a great time doing' it!
A partial list of Karl's (nineteen) number one singles
- "Stayin' Alive" Bee Gees
- "Jive Talking" Bee Gees
- "How Deep Is Your Love" Bee Gees
- "Too Much Heaven" Bee Gees
- "Shadow Dancing" Andy Gibb
- "Grease" Frankie Valli
- "Guilty" Barbra Streisand
- "Islands In The Stream" Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
- "Heartbreaker" Dionne Warwick
- "Emotion" Samantha Sang
Additional artists Karl has worked with include:
Alice Cooper, Ana Rodriguez, Aretha Franklin, Bill Medley, Bobby Ingram, Brook Benton, Canned Heat, Chicago, Colm Wilkinson, Commodores, Dion DiMucci, Dixie Flyers, Don Felder, Donny Hathaway, Doug Sahm, Doug Sills, Duanne Allman, Fran Golde, Frank Wildhorn, Herbie Mann, Joe Walsh, Lee Ritenour, Leon Russell, Linda Eder, Marlena Deitrich, Michael Jackson, Michael Walden, Mike Pinera, Ohio Players, Olivia Newton John, Peabo Bryson, Ron Wood, Roy Buchanan, Roy Orbison, Stanley Clake, Steve Miller, Terry DeSario, The Bridge, Tower of Power, Will Lee, and...