Martin Birch, producer of Iron Maiden and Deep Purple, deceased

Rock and metal producer Martin Birch passed away at the age of 71. The Brit is best known for his work for Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and Deep Purple. He has also produced albums for Fleetwood Mac and Black Sabbath

David Coverdale, singer of hard rock band Whitesnake, announced the news via Twitter. “With pain in my heart I’ve just heard that my dear friend Martin Birch has died,” he writes.

Birch started his music career as an audio engineer for Fleetwood Mac, where he worked on the album Then Play On. Later he started working for Deep Purple, producing eleven albums for the band. Later he produced the successful Black Sabbath album Heaven and Hell, among others.

Heavy metal lovers remember him as the mastermind behind the Iron Maiden albums from the 80s. In 1992 he released his latest album: Fear of the Dark.

The producer himself wasn’t an undeserving musician either. On Fleetwood Mac’s album Mystery to Me he played on his acoustic guitar. Nevertheless he remained modest. In an interview he called his work “quite simple”. “The fact that I’m used to the bands I’ve worked with, helps me to know what they want right away.”

In this archive image you see Birch in action in the studio with Deep Purple: