Hugh Padgham

Hugh Padgham was among the most successful producers in contemporary British pop, perhaps best known for his extended collaboration with Phil Collins. His career began during the early '80s, at which time he served as a recording engineer on high-profile projects including Peter Gabriel's third solo LP, XTC's Black Sea, and Yes' Drama. In 1981, Padgham graduated to production duties with the Police's Ghost in the Machine; that same year, he also produced Collins' Face Value, working with the singer on Genesis' Abacab as well. In 1982, Padgham reunited with Collins for Hello, I Must Be Going!, while also working again with XTC on the acclaimed English Settlement and with Split Enz on their Time and Tide; all were very successful, and in the wake of the blockbuster sales of the Police's 1983 LP Synchronicity and Genesis' self-titled smash, he became one of the most sought-after producers around.

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