Chet Himes, a recording engineer who worked on Christopher Cross’ 1979 debut album that swept the major categories at the Grammys, died Saturday August 25, 2020 at his home in New Braunfels after collapsing from an apparent heart attack. He was 73.
Himes also engineered several albums for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Carole King as well as records for several other prominent Austin artists, including Joe Ely, Eric Johnson, Marcia Ball and Jerry Jeff Walker.
Born in California on April 15, 1947, Himes grew up in San Antonio and played bass in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the progressive-psychedelic rock band Homer, which had a minor regional hit with a cover of Willie Nelson’s “I Never Cared for You.”
Himes relocated to Austin in the early 1970s shortly after Cross moved here in 1969. “When I moved to Austin, I found some really good bass players and decided … I would never be that good,” Himes said in a 2012 YouTube interview. “I had always been attracted to engineering anyway, so I just moved from one side of the glass to the other.”
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