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Stevie Wonder producer Malcolm Cecil dies aged 84 after suffering ‘long illness’


Malcolm Cecil has died aged 84 (Picture: Getty Images)

Malcolm Cecil, acclaimed and influential music producer, has died at the age of 84. 

The musician, who was best known for his work with Motown legend Stevie Wonder, died on Sunday morning after suffering a ‘long illness’. 

Announcing the news, the Bob Moog Foundation tweeted: ‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the passing of the legendary creative genius, musician, engineer, producer, & synthesizer pioneer, Malcolm Cecil, show here w his creation Tonto. 

‘He passed away today at 1:17am after a long illness.’ 

Cecil worked extensively with Stevie and produced several of the Isn’t She Lovely singer’s albums, including Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions and Fulfillingness’ First Finale.

The producer won a Grammy for best engineered recording for his work on Innervisions, while that album and Stevie’s Fulfillingness’ First Finale went on to win album of the year at the 1974 and 1975 Grammys respectively.

Cecil, who hailed from London, was also renowned for co-created the Tonto, the largest analog synth in the world alongside his partner Bob Margouleff. . 

The synth was notable in the production of the albums from a number of iconic artists, such as Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, the Isley Brothers, Bobby Womack and Joan Baez. 

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