Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath producer Martin Birch dead at 71

Legendary British metal and rock music producer and engineer Martin Birch, who worked on numerous Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath albums, has died, aged 71.

Birch had a storied music career, serving as producer and engineer on classics like Iron Maiden’s 1982 album, The Number of the Beast, and Sabbath’s 1980 record, Heaven and Hell.

Following Maiden’s Killers in 1981 and The Number, he was either producer, mixer, engineer or a combination on a further eight releases, including Piece of Mind (1983), Powerslave (1984), Live After Death (1985), Somewhere in Time (1986), Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988), Maiden England (1989), No Prayer for the Dying (1990), and Fear of the Dark (1992).

He also worked on records by Deep Purple, Rainbow, Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, and Blue Öyster Cult.

Whitesnake singer (ex-Deep Purple) David Coverdale honoured Birch on social media today.

“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 (sic) thoughts & prayers to his family, friends & fans…”

A cause of death has not been revealed.

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