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Tom Dowd Timeline


Tom Dowd is born in New York City.


Tom Dowd is hired as an engineer at Carl Fisher’s recording studio in New York City, where he’ll oversee sessions for the fledgling Atlantic Records and other labels.


Tom Dowd records Eileen Barton’s “If I Knew You Were Coming, I’d Have Baked a Cake,” a Number One hit on National Records.


Tom Dowd records “Drinkin', Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee,” by Stick McGee, inaugurating a relationship with Atlantic Record that will last for decades.


As a part-time engineer for Atlantic Records, Tom Dowd builds a stereo recording console for the label, making it one of the first to embrace two-track recording technology.


After several years of freelance work for the label, Tom Dowd is hired as a full-time Atlantic Records staff engineer.


Cream records Disraeli Gears at Atlantic Records’ New York studio with producer Felix Pappalardi and engineer Tom Dowd.


Tom Dowd oversees the design and construction of Criteria Sound Studios, where he’ll do much of his subsequent work as an engineer and producer.


Tom Dowd introduces Eric Clapton to Duane Allman at an Allman Brothers Band concert. Afterward, Clapton invites Allman to play on Layla...And Other Assorted Love Songs.


Two nights of shows by the Allman Brothers Band at New York’s Fillmore East are recorded by Tom Dowd. Selections are culled for release in July as the double album At Fillmore East.


461 Ocean Boulevard, the first of several Eric Clapton albums produced by Tom Dowd, is released on RSO Records.


Atlantic Crossing, the first of several Rod Stewart albums produced by Tom Dowd, is released on Warner Bros. Records.


Tom Dowd is inducted into the TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Foundation’s Hall of Fame at the 15th annual TEC Awards ceremony in New York City.


Tom Dowd receives the Trustees Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at the 44th annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.


Tom Dowd dies of emphysema in Aventura, Florida. He is seventy-seven years old.


Tom Dowd and the Language of Music, a film documentary about the great Atlantic Records engineer and producer, premieres at theaters in ten cities.


Tom Dowd is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual induction dinner. Robbie Robertson is his presenter.