Music producer Arif Mardin, June 25 Arif Mardin, a Grammy-winning arranger and record producer whose four decades of hits include Aretha Franklin's classic 1960s recordings, the Bee Gees' falsetto-driven comeback in the 1970s and Norah Jones' current adult pop, died on June 25 of pancreatic cancer at his home in New York City. He was 74. Mardin was known as a low-key figure in the studio who deferred to artists and made his points diplomatically, an approach that resulted in an unusually diversified portfolio. Other artists he worked with included the Young Rascals, John Prine, Hall & Oates, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, the Modern Jazz Quartet, David Bowie, Carly Simon and Phil Collins.
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