Don DeVito, the producer behind Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks as well as albums by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Aerosmith, has died at the age of 72. He had been suffering from prostate cancer for the past 16 years.
DeVito began his career at CBS Records, which eventually morphed into Columbia Records, and he remained with the company until he retired four years ago. During that time he worked with most of the big names who passed through Columbia, and he won a Grammy in 1989 for his work on Folkways – A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly. He later helped organise The Concert for New York City, a 9/11 benefit event.
Also a guitarist in his own right, Don DeVito was for a time part of a band called The Sabres. When the band broke up during a tour, DeVito happened to bump into Johnny Cash and the two began a lifelong friendship. It was reportedly Cash who introduced DeVito to Dylan prior to the recording of Blood on the Tracks.