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Grammy Winner Tom Coyne '72 Has Passed Away


Legendary mastering engineer Tom Coyne passed away on April 12th and many artists already publicly mourning him.

The six-time GRAMMY winner was the go-to mastering craftsman for a variety of top-tier artists, including Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift Beyoncé, Adele, Questlove and many of the greatest hip-hop albums of the ’90s.

Tom Coyne, RC class of 1972, was one of the most respected mastering engineers in the world. He was 62 and had been suffering from multiple myeloma.
After graduating from Roselle Catholic in 1972, he attended and graduated from Kean University. Born in Union, he was living in Morristown.
Tom began his career in the 1970s and scored his first hit with Jersey disco legends Kool and the Gang.
In 1989, Coyne started working at the Hit Factory where he spent five years mastering hip-hop and R&B records by the likes of Billy Ocean, Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul.
In 1994, he joined Sterling Sound, where he stayed for the remainder of his career. Four years after joining, Coyne participated in a management buyout of Sterling Sound to become a managing partner of the company.
He went onto win multiple Grammy Awards for his work on LPs including Adele’s 25 and 21, plus 1989 by Taylor Swift – as well as smash records such as Stay With Me by Sam Smith and Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars.
He also worked on No.1 tracks for the likes of Justin Bieber and The Weeknd, plus hit records for acts including Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Maroon 5, Tribe Called Quest, Britney Spears, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction and Ellie Goulding.
His friend and client Questlove paid tribute to Coyne on Instagram today, writing:
“Man this hurts. The only dude I let master all of my product #TomCoyne passed away today. Coming to his mastering studio was always my fav part of making records. He was so patient w me ESPECIALLY the way the I get down with sequencing and segue timing on albums. He knew I placed songs in rhythm like they were being spun at a club so damn near every Roots album would take an unusual 40 hour process.”
Questlove added: “This guy was the pair of ears we trusted to bring the music to you. Much love to his family and his children… thank you for all the lessons you’ve taught me Tom Coyne!!!! Music Will Never Be The Same Again.”

Artists and fans have already posted many tributes to Tom Coyne. 
The Roselle Catholic community is saddened by Tom’s passing.



Read the feature on Tom’s winning his 2012 Grammy in RC Alumni News.