Bill Porter

 

(June 15, 1931 – July 7, 2010) was an American audio engineer who helped shape the Nashville sound and recorded such stars as Chet Atkins, the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison from the late 1950s through the 1970s. In one week of 1960, his recordings accounted for 15 of Billboard Magazine’s “Top 100,” a feat none have matched.

Porter mixed concert sound for Presley from 1970 until the singer’s death in 1977. At the University of Miami, he helped create the first college program in audio engineering, and he taught similar courses at the University of Colorado Denver, and at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Porter, said to have a golden ear, was inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame in 1992.

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