Ever since Jimmy Iovine appeared on American Idol, family and friends have asked me who he is. I didn’t know any more than what was said on the show and I wasn’t familiar with the studios listed in his background.
But I have since learned that he not only knew the Beatles, he once worked with John Lennon in the capacity of a recording engineer. He started in the industry as essentially a janitor in a recording studio, learned the ropes, and worked his way up.
He’s worked on albums with Bruce Springsteen, Meat Loaf and Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and Dire Straits. According to Wikipedia, Iovine is part of the music industry label, Universal Music Group, that is
“regarded as a major force in global music, developing chart-topping artists across a wide range of musical genres including rock, rap, pop and alternative.
I learned from a friend and correspondent through this blog, who once worked for RCA Records, that:
It was to Jimmy Iovine that Tony Renis and Humberto Gatica pitched Il Volo in 2009 and that’s how Il Volo ended up on Jimmy’s label, Interscope Records / Universal Music.
She and I became “blog friends” through our mutual love of Il Volo, those young, gorgeous Italian guys with those gorgeous Italian voices. See: IL Volo
So, Niki Minaj might ought to reconsider her words. The contestants on American Idol are lucky indeed to have a mentor and producer of the caliber and experience of Jimmy Iovine. Here’s where you can read more about his life and his work: