John Jennings, Musician and music producer, Died at 61

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John Edward Jennings was born on November 22, 1953, and passed away on October 16, 2015 from kidney cancer.

John was an American musician: a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

Among his credits as a producer are eight albums which he produced for Mary Chapin Carpenter, as well as releases by BeauSoleil, John Gorka, and Janis Ian.

John has played acoustic, electric, slide, lap, steel and baritone guitars, synthesizers, organ, piano and percussion, sung background vocals and/or produced albums for Carpenter, the Indigo Girls, the Rankin Family, Niamh Kavanagh, Cheryl Wheeler, Iris DeMent, George Jones, Robin & Linda Williams and Auldridge, Reid & Coleman, among many others.

As a recording artist, John has five albums to his credit.

After Bill Danoff (of the Starland Vocal Band) introduced him to Mary Chapin Carpenter, they began performing together in the Washington, D.C. area.

An album recorded to be sold at their shows was released by Columbia Records as Carpenter’s 1987 debut album, Hometown Girl.

John has been nominated for several Grammy awards, and has won more than 20 Wammie (Washington Area Music Association) awards over the last 20 years.

John was also an early member of Pentagram.

John Jennings was diagnosed with metastatic kidney cancer in March 2014.

John died on October 16, 2015 at age 61.

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