John Simon (record producer)

John Simon
Born (1941-08-11) August 11, 1941 (age 77)
Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, producer, composer
InstrumentsPiano, saxophone, tuba, vocals

John Simon (born August 11, 1941) is an American music producer, composer, writer and performer. Recognized as one of the top record producers in the United States during the late 1960s and the 1970s, Simon produced numerous classic albums that continue to sell more than 50 years later, including The Band’s Music from Big Pink, The Band, and The Last Waltz,[1][2] Cheap Thrills by Big Brother & the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, Songs of Leonard Cohen by Leonard Cohen, and Child Is Father to the Man by Blood, Sweat & Tears.[3]


Simon was born in Norwalk, Connecticut; his father, a country doctor, taught him violin and piano at the age of 4.[3] He began writing songs before he was ten; by the time he graduated from high school Simon was already leading and writing for several bands, and had composed two original musicals.[4] Simon enrolled at Princeton University where he wrote three more musicals and continued his role as a bandleader, taking a band to the finals of the 1st Georgetown Intercollegiate Jazz Festival.[4]