Robert John "Mutt" Lange Birth name Robert John Lange Also known as "Mutt" Lange Born 11 November 1948 Mufulira, Northern Rhodesia Origin London, England Genres Rock, pop, country Occupations record producer, songwriter Instruments Bass, Guitar, Background vocals Years active 1974–present Associated acts AC/DC, Shania Twain, Def Leppard, The Boomtown Rats, City Boy, Outlaws, Foreigner, Bryan Adams, The Corrs, Michael Bolton, Nickelback, Maroon 5, Romeo's Daughter, Billy Ocean, Zander Bleck, Lady Gaga Robert John "Mutt" Lange ( ; / / born 11 November 1948) is a Zambian-born British record producer and songwriter. He has produced albums for artists such as [1 ] AC/DC, City Boy, Def Leppard, The Boomtown Rats, Graham Parker and the Rumour, Outlaws, Foreigner, The Cars, Bryan Adams, Billy Ocean, Savoy Brown, The Corrs, Maroon 5 and Nickelback. He also wrote and produced songs with Canadian country singer and his ex-wife Shania Twain. Her 1997 album , which he produced, is the all time best selling album by a female artist. Come on Over Lange also worked on " [2 ] You and I" from Lady Gaga's second studio album . Born This Way
A strict vegetarian and a follower of
Sant Mat, Lange has not given an interview of any kind for decades and prefers to live a secluded life, primarily in Switzerland. He is known for his endurance in the studio and innovations in multitrack recording. Biography [edit ]
Robert John Lange was born in
Mufulira, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). Raised in Durban, Kwa-zulu natal, South Africa, his mother came from a prosperous family in Germany, and his South African father was a mining engineer. Nicknamed "Mutt" at an early age, Lange grew up a fan of country music, in particular the singer Slim Whitman. Sent to study at Belfast High School in South Africa, he started a music band in which he played rhythm guitar and sang harmonies. After his national service (1966-1967) he formed the band Hocus which did not survive his move to London. He eventually married Stevie van Kerken (a.k.a. Stevie Vann) and moved to England. The marriage broke down in the 1970s. Whilst still married, Lange began seeing Belfast-born employee Oonagh O'Reilly, a relationship that lasted five years.
In 1978, Lange wrote and produced
Ipswich Town's FA Cup final single Ipswich Ipswich Get That Goal, his connection with the club being due to their South Africa-born player Colin Viljoen.
Beginning production work in 1976, his first major hits came in October 1978 with the UK #1 single "
Rat Trap" for The Boomtown Rats, followed in July 1979 with AC/DC's hard rock album (#8 UK, #17 US). He produced two more albums with AC/DC, including Highway to Hell (1980) which is currently the Back in Black fourth best-selling album of all time. He also worked with rock group Foreigner with , and with 4 Def Leppard on their hit albums, , High 'n' Dry , Pyromania and Hysteria co-writing most of the songs. Though he did not produce AC/DC's 1983 album Adrenalize , it was rumored that during the completion of that album he was asked to help his long time engineer Tony Platt finish it up by giving it a listen. Mutt also produced a total of five albums for Birmingham, UK band Flick of the Switch City Boy.
Hysteria, Lange bowed out of working with Def Leppard while they were at their peak. He would return to work with them years later in a more limited role in 1999, co-writing three tracks for their album [3 ] . One of these songs, " Euphoria Promises", was a Number 1 hit on the mainstream rock charts for the band.
In 1991, he produced
Bryan Adams's , including co-writing " Waking Up the Neighbours (Everything I Do) I Do It for You", a hugely successful single written for the Kevin Costner film that currently holds the record for the longest consecutive Number 1 UK chart single with 16 consecutive weeks at the top of the charts (7 July-26 October 1991). Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Shania Twain's material, he got in touch with her and they spent many hours on the phone. They finally met six months after the initial contact and were married on 28 December 1993. Because Lange is a teetotaller, they had non-alcoholic champagne at their wedding. Lange also had the song " (Everything I Do) I Do It for You" performed as a sign of his dedication. In August 2001, their son Eja (pronounced "Asia") was born. On 15 May 2008 a spokesman for Mercury Nashville announced that Twain and Lange were separating after Lange had an affair. Lange began seeing Twain's best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud. The couple divorced in June 2010, and Twain is now married to Thiebaud's ex-husband Frederic. [4 ]
Lange produced the single "
Make You" from the album by Irish singer Great Escape Tara Blaise which was released in May 2008.
In the 2001 made-for-TV movie
, actor Hysteria – The Def Leppard Story Anthony Michael Hall portrayed Lange. Discography [edit ] Produced albums [edit ]
Albums on which Lange produced at least three tracks
Richard Jon Smith - Superstar Smith, 1974 City Boy – City Boy, 1976 City Boy – Dinner at the Ritz, 1976 Kevin Coyne - In Living Black and White, 1976 Mallard - In a Different Climate, 1976 Graham Parker – , 1976 Heat Treatment Supercharge – Local Lads Make Good, 1976 The Motors – , 1977 The Motors City Boy – , 1977 Young Men Gone West Clover – Love on the Wire, 1977 Clover – Unavailable, 1977 Supercharge – Horizontal Refreshment, 1977 The Boomtown Rats – , 1977 The Boomtown Rats The Rumour – Max, 1977 Savoy Brown – Savage Return, 1978 Michael Stanley Band – Cabin Fever, 1978 City Boy – Book Early, 1978 Outlaws – , 1978 Playin' to Win The Boomtown Rats – , 1978 A Tonic for the Troops Deaf School – English Boys/Working Girls, 1978 City Boy – The Day the Earth Caught Fire, 1979 The Records – Shades in Bed, 1979 Supercharge – Body Rhythm, 1979 The Boomtown Rats – , 1979 The Fine Art of Surfacing AC/DC – , 1979 Highway to Hell Broken Home – Broken Home, 1979 AC/DC – , 1980 Back in Black Foreigner – , 1981 4 Def Leppard – , 1981 High 'N' Dry AC/DC – , 1981 For Those About to Rock We Salute You Def Leppard – , 1983 Pyromania The Cars – , 1984 Heartbeat City Def Leppard – , 1987 Hysteria Romeo's Daughter – Romeo's Daughter, 1988 Billy Ocean – , 1988 Tear Down These Walls Bryan Adams – , 1991 Waking Up the Neighbours Def Leppard – (executive producer), 1992 Adrenalize Michael Bolton – , 1993 The One Thing Stevie Vann – Stevie Vann, 1995 Shania Twain – , 1995 The Woman in Me Bryan Adams – , 1996 18 til I Die Shania Twain – , 1997 Come on Over The Corrs – , 2000 In Blue Shania Twain – , 2002 Up! Shania Twain – , 2004 Greatest Hits Nickelback – , 2008 Dark Horse Maroon 5 – , 2010 Hands All Over Produced album tracks [edit ]
Albums on which Lange produced at least one track:
Stephen – "Right On Running Man , 1974/5 Graham Parker and the Rumour - , 1978 The Parkerilla XTC – "This Is Pop" (single version), 1978 [5 ] Roman Holliday – Fire Me Up (executive producer), 1984 Billy Ocean – (executive producer), 1984 Suddenly Billy Ocean – (executive producer), 1986 Love Zone Billy Ocean – Greatest Hits, 1989 Bryan Adams – , 1993 So Far So Good Tina Turner – , 1993 What's Love Got to Do with It Michael Bolton – , 1995 Greatest Hits (1985–1995) Celine Dion – , 1999 All the Way... A Decade of Song Backstreet Boys – , 1997 Backstreet's Back Backstreet Boys – , 1999 Millennium Bryan Adams – , 1999 The Best of Me Britney Spears – , 2000 Oops!... I Did It Again Celine Dion – , 2002 A New Day Has Come Bryan Adams – , 2004 Room Service Various artists – , 2005 Music from and Inspired by Desperate Housewives Anne Murray – , 2007 Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends Bryan Adams – , 2008 11 Tara Blaise – , 2008 Great Escape Lady Gaga – , 2011 Born This Way Zander Bleck – Bring It On, 2012 [6 ] Album tracks written or co-written [edit ] Bryan Adams – "I Will Always Return", "You Can't Take Me" and "This Is Where I Belong" from , 2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Bryan Adams - "So Far So Good" from , 2005 Anthology Bryan Adams and Sarah McLachlan – "Don't Let Go" from , 2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting – " All for Love" from The Three Musketeers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 1993 Jessica Andrews – "I'll Take Your Heart" from , 1999 Heart Shaped World Backstreet Boys – "It's Gotta Be You" from , 1999 Millennium Blackhawk – " I'm Not Strong Enough to Say No" from , 1995 Strong Enough Michael Bolton – "Only a Woman Like You" from , 2002 Only a Woman Like You Clout – "Don't Stop" from Substitute, 1978 Billy Ray Cyrus – " Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)" from , 1994 Storm in the Heartland Def Leppard – "Ring of Fire" and "I Wanna Be Your Hero" from , 1993 Retro Active Def Leppard – " Promises", "All Night" and "It's Only Love" from , 1999 Euphoria Heart – " All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You" from , 1990 Brigade Heart – " Will You Be There (In the Morning)" from , 1993 Desire Walks On Huey Lewis and the News – " Do You Believe in Love" from , 1982 Picture This Huey Lewis and the News – " It Hit Me Like a Hammer" from , 1991 Hard at Play Lonestar – " You Walked In" from , 1997 Crazy Nights Loverboy – " Lovin' Every Minute of It" from , 1985 Lovin' Every Minute of It Reba McEntire – "I'll Take Your Heart" from , 1998 Moments and Memories: The Best of Reba Miss Willie Brown – "You're All That Matters to Me", 2012 PJ Powers – "(Let That) River Roll" from Thandeka Talk to Me, 2001 Starship – "I Didn't Mean to Stay All Night" from , 1989 Love Among the Cannibals Carrie Underwood – "Who Are You" from , 2012 Blown Away Grammy Awards [edit ] References [edit ] External links [edit ]