Sometimes, my column places the highlight on an area resident. Right now I honor Roy Halee, a music trade big who has lived quietly and principally unknown in Boulder for a few years.
Halee is finest identified for producing Paul Simon and Artwork Garfunkel’s recordings, each as a bunch and their solo initiatives. There are additionally his 9 Grammy Award nominations, profitable 4 instances. He labored with lots of the most well-known in his area.
For many years, he has been one of the vital influential folks within the recording trade, working as a producer and sound engineer. His music has helped form many facets of American tradition.
Jim Martin for the Digital camera
Halee had a stroke of genius, placing Simon and Garfunkel collectively on one microphone. The magic mix produced nice leads to the recording studio.
A go to to his Boulder house leaves little doubt about his devotion to his craft. He has greater than $1 million price of recording gear in addition to a $100,000 turntable in his basement.
His Grammy awards share the identical basement shelf, earned alongside Simon and Garfunkel. Amongst these winners are “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Mrs. Robinson.” The latter was written for the acclaimed 1968 film, “The Graduate.”
Different hits embrace “Sounds of Silence,” “Homeward Sure,” “I Am a Rock,” “At The Zoo,” “Cecelia,” “Scarbrough Honest,” “Outdated Associates,” “Dangling Dialog” and extra.
Many gold albums are framed and held on the partitions of his house. There’s additionally a current private be aware from Edie Brickell, Simon’s spouse, on a close-by desk.
Simon has stated there would have been no “Graceland” album with out Halee. Simon credited the chemistry between them for a lot of of his hits. They each ventured to South Africa to report the album with native musicians — at a harmful time as a result of the United Nations Anti-Apartheid Committee had begun a global boycott towards the nation.
Halee is especially proud that Graceland surpassed 5 million copies offered when it was launched, incomes platinum standing. Right now, that determine is past 16 million.
Simon and Halee gained the Album of the Yr award for Graceland in 1987.
Right now, Halee nonetheless receives royalty checks for the albums.
Boulder entered his household’s life when his daughter Laura was attending the College of Colorado and his spouse Katherine visited her. She was so taken by Boulder, she purchased a home right here. (In addition they raised two sons, Walter and Roy Jr.) Halee later joined her and made Boulder his house, although he additionally spent a lot of his time in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville.
Halee grew up in New York Metropolis. He was born right into a present enterprise household. His father was the unique singing voice of Mighty Mouse, and Heckle and Jeckle. He additionally voiced many cartoon characters and was a widely known singer.
Roy’s mom, Rebekah Cauble, was a former stage actress with a number of Broadway credit. She as soon as starred with Al Jolson on the well-known Whither Theater.
Halee was learning to grow to be a classical trumpet participant; he nonetheless performs it right this moment. He ultimately dropped that quest and began his profession with Columbia Tv, later becoming a member of Columbia Information. His TV credit included serving as a sound engineer for such exhibits as “The Worth is Proper,” “The Gary Moore Present,” “What’s My Line,” “To Inform the Reality,” “The Jackie Gleason Present,” “The 64,000 Query” and the “Playhouse 90” collection.
When Columbia TV had an enormous layoff, Halee went to work at Columbia Information, the place he grew to become a trailblazer. He began as a sound engineer after which grew to become one of many trade’s first producer/audio engineers.
One in every of his breakout moments was working with Bob Dylan on “Like a Rolling Stone.” Dylan carried Columbia Information for a few years, accounting for quite a few hits.
Clive Davis is without doubt one of the greatest pioneers within the report trade and the previous president of Columbia Information. He employed a lot of the expertise, enabling Halee to work with such giants as Bruce Springsteen, Lovin’ Spoonful, Bee Gees, Barbara Streisand, Blood Sweat and Tears, Glen Campbell, Neil Diamond, Dave Clark 5, Yardbirds, Laura Nyro and others.
Davis satisfied Halee to assist arrange Columbia Information in Los Angeles as a result of Davis wished to get away from the New York unions.
In 2001, Halee was awarded the TEC (Technical Excellence Creativity) Award. He was inducted into the TEC Award Corridor of Fame.
After Halee found the distinctiveness of Simon and Garfunkel, he spent most of his time producing their data.
After they cut up, Halee grew to become the only producer for Simon.
Halee helped to supply Simon and Garfunkel’s well-known free profit live performance on the Nice Garden in New York Metropolis’s Central Park on Sept. 19, 1981. The group was estimated to be over 500,000. An album and movie of that live performance had been launched one yr later.
That live performance had a profound impact on Halee, who was on the stage. He stated, “I’ll always remember the then-New York Mayor Ed Koch introducing Paul and Artie to the throng of individuals and the roar of the group. It was an enormous eruption and surreal, to not be believed.”
Music is each his previous and his pastime, when Halee, 88, isn’t spoiling his brown-and-white pointer canine.
I requested Roy what would he change concerning the trade, and his reply was surprisingly vehement.
“It’s bitter grapes. There’s no such factor as music anymore. It’s simply noise. If it’s not loud, it’s not good. We’re dinosaurs. Individuals don’t keep in mind us. The digital age has been our destruction.”
It has been stated that Roy Halee is one in all fashionable music’s nice architects, even when nobody is aware of it.
You by no means know who you’re going to run into in Boulder.
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