Ron Albert

Ron Albert

Profile:
Ron Albert, along with his older brother Howard Albert, make up Fat Albert Productions, a Miami based production and engineering team.

In 1965, 16 year old Howie Albert was in a Miami Rock band named The Nightcrawlers and Ron was their 12 year old “band aid” (roadie). They recorded the song “Little Black Egg” at Lee Hazen’s studio, which was released on Henry Stone’s assorted labels that year. By 1967, Lee received an engineering job offer in Nashville and Howie was drafted into Vietnam. Having been a small part of the music industry, the 14 year old Ronnie naively went for a job to Criteria Studios (Miami’s only major studio at the time) where he became a typist for their tape library. The following year he filled in as engineer when owner/engineer Mack Emerman fell ill during a major job.

Eventually, he became a staff engineer, earning his first gold record for Brook Benton’s “A Rainy Night in Georgia” in 1969. At the same time, Atlantic Records was sold and it's co-owner, Jerry Wexler, bought a weekend home in Miami with the money while remaining on staff. Atlantic’s staff producers Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin followed Wexler’s lead. As a result, they began using Criteria studios to record for Atlantic, eventually moving there permanently. As Mack Emerman retired from engineering, Ron became the primary engineer for the studios and hired his brother Howard after his return from Vietnam.

The Fat Albert/Atlantic combination, along with equipment-designer Jeep Harned, turned Criteria studios into the world's most renowned studio. By the mid-to-late 70s they had numerous Top 10 charting releases, recording for artists such as Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, The Bee Gees, The Eagles & Jimmy Buffet. Ron and Howard negotiated to become partners in the company.

In 1979, the Wall Street Journal reported the music industry was going into a recession. Labels decided to quit sending acts to Miami as a way to save money. By 1983 Criteria was in debt and the Alberts sold their Company share with the intent to retire. But, by 1987, circumstance forced them from retirement and they teamed with Steve Alaimo, former co-owner of Henry Stone’s T.K. Records, to form Vision Records. Vision initially focused on the alumni of Criteria and TK, such as Betty Wright and Stephen Stills, but eventually gave in to youth culture - releasing Freestyle & Miami Bass records such as Shana and Beatmaster Clay D.
Variations:

Ron Albert Discography

Remix

Dr. John, The Night Tripper* Dr. John, The Night Tripper* - The Sun, Moon & Herbs (Album) ATCO Records US 1971 Sell This Version
Sutherland Brothers & Quiver Sutherland Brothers & Quiver - Reach For The Sky (Album) CBS UK 1975 Sell This Version
Gang Of 4* Gang Of 4* - Hard (Album) EMI Canada 1983 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Joe Vitale Joe Vitale - Roller Coaster Weekend (Album) Atlantic US 1974 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

45-44137 Rasputin's Stash Rasputin's Stash - Mr. Cool(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Cotillion 45-44137 US 1971 Sell This Version
Rasputin's Stash Rasputin's Stash - Your Love Is Certified / What's On Your Mind (Single) Cotillion US 1971 Sell This Version
Rasputin's Stash Rasputin's Stash - Rasputin's Stash (Album) Cotillion US 1971 Sell This Version
Stephen Stills Stephen Stills - Stills (Album) Columbia US 1975 Sell This Version
SW-17013 Breathless (3) Breathless (3) - Breathless(LP, Album) EMI America SW-17013 US 1979 Sell This Version
ATL 50 665 Firefall Firefall - Undertow(LP, Album) Atlantic ATL 50 665 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
Firefall Firefall - Undertow (Album) Atlantic Canada 1980 Sell This Version
4W9 03298 Connie Brighton Keep On Clappin' (as R. Albert) and 1 more… Connie Brighton - The Clapping Song / Keep On Clappin'(12") Handshake Records And Tapes 4W9 03298 US 1982 Sell This Version
Alley Kay Dee En Ay Alley - Can't Get No Booty (Single) Handshake Records And Tapes US 1982 Sell This Version
Gang Of 4* Gang Of 4* - Hard (Album) EMI Canada 1983 Sell This Version
Gang Of Four Gang Of Four - Is It Love (Single, Maxi) EMI Italy 1983 Sell This Version
Gang Of Four Gang Of Four - Silver Lining EMI UK 1983 Sell This Version
Various Is It Love (as R. Albert) Various - Deejay Time (Comp) EMI Italy 1984 Sell This Version

Production

Rasputin's Stash Rasputin's Stash - Rasputin's Stash (Album) Cotillion US 1971 Sell This Version
Rasputin's Stash Rasputin's Stash - Your Love Is Certified / What's On Your Mind (Single) Cotillion US 1971 Sell This Version
45-44137 Rasputin's Stash Rasputin's Stash - Mr. Cool(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Cotillion 45-44137 US 1971 Sell This Version
1500 Snoopy Dean Snoopy Dean - I Can't Control This Feelin / Be Good To Me(7") Blue Candle 1500 US 1973 Sell This Version
Joe Vitale Joe Vitale - Shoot 'Em Up Atlantic US 1974 Sell This Version
White Witch White Witch - A Spiritual Greeting (Album) Capricorn Records US 1974 Sell This Version
1507 Warren Thompson Warren Thompson - You Can't Hinder Me / Dolly Dagger(7") Blue Candle 1507 US 1974 Sell This Version
White Witch White Witch - Walk On / Showdown Capricorn Records US 1974 Sell This Version