Phil Greene

Producer, Engineer, Guitarist


Coming soon…

Members of the Historical Archive Committee of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame are researching and documenting the career of this important Ocean State record producer, recording engineer and musician. When work is completed, we will be posting an in-depth biography and complete discography on this page. In the meantime, please enjoy this introduction to his work.

By the time he joined the Boston-based band Swallow in 1971, Phil Greene of Narragansett had already spent a decade honing his craft and was considered one of the finest guitarists in southern New England. After two albums and a single for Warner Brothers, they disbanded and Phil decided to move behind the recording desk. He opened his first studio in Providence in 1974 and his reputation as a producer and engineer grew rapidly. In 1976, he became a partner at Normandy Sound in Warren where his career exploded. By the end of the 1980s, he’d become one of the most succesful people in Rhode Island music history with 27 Gold and Platinum album awards. He has placed eleven songs into Billboard’s Top Ten including two #1’s with New Kids On The Block and another with Tommy Page; he has four multi-Platinum album credits with New Kids and one with John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band; and has two Grammy nominations with Roomful of Blues. More than 200 international releases bear his credit as producer, engineer, mixer, guitarist or vocalist including recordings by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ringo Starr, Herbie Hancock, Peter Wolf, Buddy Guy, Steve Earle, Bob Weir, Parliament and dozens of others. At the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame, he had just enjoyed a #1 record on the Hot Singles Sales chart with “Heaven 24/7” by R&B legends Tavares.

Photo credit: Kari Tieger