'Black Sabbath' and 'Iron Maiden' Producer Martin Birch Dies at 71 – Remembering His Legacy
On Sunday, August 9, 2020, Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale was one of the people who paid tribute to the late Martin Birch who was a music producer.
Birch passed away at the age of 71 over the weekend. Coverdale was one of the celebrities that honored and mourned his memory on social media.
The Whitesnake vocalist and founder tweeted two images of the late star and wrote: “It is with a very heavy heart I’ve just had verified my very dear friend & producer Martin Birch has passed away.” Coverdale revealed how the late producer had been “a huge part of my life.”
BIRCH HELPED COVERDALE
The musician noted how Birch had helped him “from the first time” they met “until Slide It In.” He concluded his post by sharing his “thoughts & prayers” with the late star’s “family, friends & fans.”
Birch and Coverdale had a long-lasting friendship. Coverdale actually formed Whitesnake in 1978 and the rock band’s first six albums were produced by the late star.
Wow. This is a massive loss. Martin Birch produced some ICONIC great albums! I had always hoped to one day interview him. RIP to a legend in production. https://t.co/TvQ7WxMaZc— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) August 9, 2020
WHERE HE WAS BORN
Birch was a British music producer who worked with rock bands like the Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple. He was born in Woking, Surrey, in 1948.
He first worked as a sound engineer for bands like Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, and Rainbow. With Rainbow and Blue Öyster Cult he worked on multiple albums.
RIP Martin Birch. Legendary producer of countless albums by Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Iron Maiden & more.— Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) August 9, 2020
"My thoughts & prayers go out to his wife Vera & his daughter Haley. He was a genius producer & a very dear friend of Ronnie’s. May he RIP"- Wendy Dio pic.twitter.com/9GTqNs36WC
PRODUCING FOR BLACK SABBATH
Between 1978 and 1984, he produced Whitesnake’s first six records. In 1980, he worked as the producer for Black Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell” and was credited for refreshing their sound.
RIP Martin Birch (1948 – 2020)— Iron Maiden (@IronMaiden) August 10, 2020
A man of many nicknames… and simply one of the greatest people we have ever worked with.https://t.co/ngCVfFKyNS#IronMaiden #MartinBirch #Legend pic.twitter.com/AYXRSHTjTf
WORKING WITH IRON MAIDEN
It is with a very heavy heart I’ve just had verified my very dear friend & producer Martin Birch has passed away...Martin was a huge part of my life...helping me from the first time we met through until Slide It In...Mt thoughts & prayers to his family, friends & fans...💔💔 pic.twitter.com/J4UyDiG9zR— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) August 9, 2020
MARTIN’S FAVORITE BAND
He described Iron Maiden as “my favourite band to work with … there is a great unity and nobody tries to stand out individually from the team.” The late producer then retired in 1992 aged 42.
At the moment, no cause of death has been revealed in Birch’s death.