|Name John Anthony|
John Anthony (born 3 December 1944) is an English music producer. He has worked with Van der Graaf Generator, Genesis, Queen, Roxy Music and Peter Hammill.
Anthony was born in North Shields. He started out in 1966 as a DJ in Windsor, where two years later he sang briefly with two bands The Soul Agents and Hogsnort Rupert and The Good Good Band. After moving to London, he worked as a club DJ at The Roundhouse, the UFO Club, and Middle Earth, and then in 1968 at the Speakeasy. After having produced and recorded a demonstration disc for Yes in 1968, he started his years as a music producer, eventually producing all the acts in the 1971 "Six Bob Tour", featuring Genesis, Lindisfarne, and Van der Graaf Generator. He had a saying for producing music: "There's one right way to do an album, and four hundred wrong ones."
In 1969 as A & R man for Mercury Records in London he signed and produced Smile which included Brian May and Roger Taylor of later Queen-fame. At Mercury Anthony was asked by Lou Reizner to produce an album by Van der Graaf Generator. Tony Stratton-Smith, the manager of VdGG, was so impressed with the resulting The Aerosol Grey Machine that he hired Anthony as an A&R man and staff producer at the newly formed Charisma Records. In late 1971 Anthony formed Neptune Productions, his own production company with the owners of Trident Studios and signed Queen to Neptune in late 1971. In 1973, Anthony and producer Roy Thomas Baker heard a demo tape by Queen and decided to help them by coproducing their eponymous debut album Queen (1973).
Anthony moved to the USA in 1975 and became head of A & R at A&M Records in New York, where he signed Garland Jeffreys and The Stranglers. Anthony left the record industry in the early 1980s.