April 16, 1945 - September 19, 2017
The son of a Decatur, Al., hardware store owner, Johnny Sandlin found fame in the hard edge of Southern Rock. Joining with Gregg and Duane Allman in 1966 as the drummer for the Hourglass, Sandlin played a major role in the formulation of that style of music.
When the Hourglass broke up, Sandlin began playing recording sessions at Tone Studios in Miami, Fl., but soon moved to Macon, Ga., where he again joined the Allmans, this time as recording engineer and producer.
As part of the powder keg of talent that blasted Capricorn Records to stardom, Sandlin produced the Allman's "Brothers And Sisters", "Win, Lose Or Draw", and contributed mixing and mastering to "Filmore East" and "Eat A Peach".
He also produced albums on Greg Allman, Gregg and Cher, Eddie Kendricks, The Outlaws, Richard Betts, Elvin Bishop, Wet Willie, Bonnie Bramlett, Alex Taylor, Cowboy, Delbert McClinton and many others. He has three platinum albums and seven gold albums to his credit.
Before his departure from Capricorn Records in 1976 he was named vice president of A & R. Since then he has worked as an independent producer and engineer. He currently owns and operates a recording studio in Decatur.