SRV Gold Award

Ironically I received my latest award for one of my first eligible recordings. In late 1982 I was engineering the second of several albums I did with Johnny Copeland. We had a guest guitarist stop by the session at Unique Recording. I hadn't heard of him, but producer Dan Doyle told me he was a friend of Johnny's and was coming directly from playing on David Bowie's new record, Let's Dance. So I figured he'd be OK.... ;-)

The session was unbelievable. We set them up side by side, and I brought up the outputs of their setups onto two patch cords. They'd rip through a song top to bottom; then I'd move the patch cords over to the next two tracks while the tape re-wound. Then they'd do it again, over and over.

Stevie played on two tracks that night: When the Rain Starts Fallin', and Don't Stop by the Creek, Son, the later of which ended up on SRV.

Unfortunately, they're both gone now. Stevie died in the awful helicopter crash on August 27, 1990. Johnny went on to win the W.C. Handy Award and a Grammy for Slowdown with Albert Collins and Robert Cray. He died from complications following heart surgery on July 3, 1997.

Even Unique Recording is gone as of 2004. And sorry to say, those tapes, and all those solos, are gone....

Here's link to some nice remembrances of SRV. There's Darryl Pitt, Montreux photographer, who took the photo on the award above. It was taken at Montreux in 1985. David Bowie talks about the Let's Dance session. And SRV and Double Trouble remember Montreux.

Additional Awards

Awards for CD-ROM Production

The 1995 WorldFest International Film Festival Silver Award
New Media: Interactive Entertainment - "Archer Ace"
Awards for Record Engineering and Production

Triple Platinum Album - The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "Coming Out Of Our Shells"
Platinum Album - Freddie Jackson "Just Like the First Time"

Platinum Album - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force

Gold Album – Stevie Ray Vaughan “SRV”

The TEC Award - During my 12-year tenure as Senior Engineer,
Unique Recording, NYC was nominated three years in a row as
one of the top five studios in the world in terms of technological advancement.

Awards for Composition & Sound Design

I have composed original music, designed sound effects,
or both for the following Addy Award winning productions:

1998 Silver Citation of Excellence for Musical Score, Instrumental - "A Better Way"

1998 Bronze Citation of Excellence for Sales Promotion - "A Better Way"

1996 Bronze Citation of Excellence for Sales Promotion - "PMSC's Florida Map"

1995 Silver Citation of Excellence for Video/Film Effects, Special Effects - "Technical Difficulties"

1995 Silver Citation of Excellence for Video/Film Effects, Animation - "Technical Difficulties"

1994 Citation of Excellence for Video/Film Effects, Special Effects - "Greenbax Stamps"

1994 Citation of Excellence for Video/Film Effects, Animation - "South Carolina Stingrays"

Selected Production and Engineering Credits:


  • Stewart Copeland (of The Police)
  • Ian McDonald (of Foreigner)
  • Aerosmith
  • Steve Winwood
  • The Ramones
  • Lou Reed
  • Rick Derringer
  • Dan Fogelberg
  • Don Johnson
  • Zebra


  • Stevie Ray Vaughan (Gold)
  • Danny Gatton
  • Johnny Copeland
  • Bo Diddly
  • Johnny Paycheck
  • Richie Havens
  • Levon Helm (of The Band)
  • Ann Murray
  • Steve Forbert


  • Dave Grusin
  • Bobby Watson
  • Roy Hargrove
  • Joshua Redman
  • Charles Fambrough
  • Alex Bugnon
  • Michal Urbaniak
  • Kevin Eubanks
  • Jamaaladeen Tacuma
  • Bill Bruford


  • Freddie Jackson (Platinum),
  • Lisa-Lisa and Cult Jam (Platinum) 
  • Oran "Juice" Jones (Gold)
  • Melba Moore
  • Luther Vandross
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Malcolm McLaren (also Sex Pistol's manger)
  • La Toya Jackson
  • Jocelyn Brown

Not really an award, but Bill was kind enough to autograph his bio for me:


Record, Film & Television companies I've worked with:

Atlantic, Bluenote, Capitol, Columbia, Def Jam, East/West, Island, RCA, Rounder, CBS, NBC, PBS, HBO, 20th Century Fox, Bergman-Harris Productions, On The Aisle, Inc.


Clients I have composed for:

The Travel Channel, A&P, Piggly Wiggly, World's Finest Chocolates, Century 21, Glamour Shots, The South Carolina Ports Authority, Gwynn’s, Trident Health Systems, Exit Realty, Infinger Furniture, Bayanu, Inc., BD Publishing, Fairmont Tamper, Orgo Thermit, South Carolina Stingrays Hockey Team, Charleston Riverdogs Baseball Team, Charleston Battery Soccer Team, Rawle-Murdy Advertising, Comfort & Co., Peter Wertimer Agency, The Bosworth Group, Advertising Service Agency, Charleston/Trident Chamber of Commerce, Sante Cooper Power Company, Medical University of South Carolina