Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music takes us into the studio during the recording sessions for the biggest songs of his career, including No. 1 hits like “Black Water” by the Doobie Brothers and “Jump” by Van Halen, as Ted recounts memories and the behind-the-scenes dramas that engulfed both massively successful acts. Throughout, Ted also reveals the inner workings of his professional and personal relationships with some of the most talented and successful artists in rock music history, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Lowell George of Little Feat, Sammy Hagar, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon, and David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen.
Read the book to learn more about:
- The real story behind Sammy Hagar replacing David Lee Roth in Van Halen
- The unexpected journey of the Doobie Brothers’ “What for Fool Believes” from musical idea to smash hit.
- How his early production work with Van Morrison shaped his signature approach to capture great studio performances.
Ted Templeman was born in Santa Cruz, California. A childhood jazz phenom, he is a Grammy-winning producer whose hitmaking work for Warner Bros. Records has generated sales approaching 100 million albums. Greg Renoff was born in the Bronx, grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is the author of Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal. His writing has appeared in Guitar World, LA Weekly, and Vulture, and he and his work have been profiled in Salon, Maxim, and the Boston Herald.