Rush lead tributes to producer Rupert Hine

Rupert Hine
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Rush have led tributes from the music world to producer and musician Rupert Hine, who died yesterday aged 72.

Hine produced the Canadian trio's 1989 album Presto and 1991's Roll The Bones. In a statement, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, both still reeling from the passing of Rush drummer Neil Peart in January, said: "In the wee hours of this morning our dear friend and super talented musician, songwriter, and producer of two Rush albums, Presto and Roll The Bones, sadly passed away.

"Roop was always such an upbeat, unflappable and all around lovely “chap” to work with and to be around. His influence on our music and on our attitude towards enjoying life was profound and he shall be sorely missed by so many.

"There are still many of his very “British” expressions that have made their way permanently into our lexicon and we can see his smiling face and the twinkle in his eye whilst saying, “Jolly D!!

"RIP  dear “Roop”…We love you man!"

Hine was a noted producer who started his production work with actor Jon Pertwee's  1972 single Who Is The Doctor? and later worked with the likes of Camel, Anthony Phillips, Kevin Ayers, Dave Greenslade, Martin Grech from the prog world, and also with the likes of Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, Howard Jones, The Fixx, Thompson Twins, The Waterboys, Bob Geldof and more.

Hine produced two Anthony Phillips albums, Wise After The Event (1977) and Sides (1978), said on Facebook: "The multi-talented Rupert Hine, who produced Ant's albums Wise After The Event and Sides, passed away in the early hours of this morning. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

Saga's Michael Sadler wrote on Facebook: "I am intensely sad to share the news that Rupert Hine, our former producer, has passed away last night in London. A gifted artist in his own right, Rupert alongside his best friend Stephen W Tayler, was responsible for our iconic albums World's Apart and Heads Or Tales. His influence on me was profound, not only as a friend at the time, but he was instrumental in shaping the way I sing today. Please join me, the band, and the entire SAGA universe in sending our condolences to his wife Fay and his family, our friend Stephen, and to anyone who feels lonelier today for having lost him. May he forever rest in peace. Perhaps now he can show those angels how to really sing..."

Former 10cc man Kevin Godley who worked with Hine on the environmentally awareness raising One Word One Voice project said: "My friend, my ears and partner in the One World One Voice project has passed away. A valued co-conspirator, source of wisdom and a gentleman. His focus and humour kept us on track during the chaos. Without him OWOV would never have existed. God bless you Rupert Hine.

Howard Jones paid tribute to Hine, who produced his 1984 Human's Lib debut as well as the 1985 follow-up Action Replay, on Twitter, saying: “extraordinary man and one of my dearest longtime friends, my music mentor and producer, passed away in the early hours of this morning. I’m so fortunate to have spent a precious hour with him Tuesday. I will be writing about him on FB soon … luvya Roop !!”

The Fixx, for whom Hine produced Shuttered Room (1981), Phantoms (1984), Walkabout (1986) and Ink (1990) said: "We are all in deep mourning to learn of the passing of our dear friend Rupert Hine. We will miss you but you know that you will live on in the dimension of sound as the true North Star of our lives. ~ The FIXX"

Waterboy Mike Scott added: "I am very sorry to read this. Rupert Hine produced the first Waterboys record A Girl Called Johnny. He was a special cat - musician, producer, singer, writer - and funny too. I learned a lot from himz Travel on well Rupert."

Kevin Godley

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Howard Jones

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The Waterboys

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Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.