Paul Curcio, the producer and studio founder best known as the producer of METALLICA‘s 1983 debut full-length album “Kill ‘Em All”, has passed away at the age of 74.
Billboard reports that Paul died of heart failure in St. Petersburg, FL on the night of September 10, as confirmed by his daughter Brianne Curcio-Smith.
In 1968, Curcio founded Pacific Recording in San Mateo, the first recording studio in the Bay Area equipped with a 16-track tape machine.
The studio became a popular attraction for such iconic artists as Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and more.
In 1983, Paul was approached by Megaforce Records founder Jon “Jonny Z” Zazula about recording the debut album of a young metal band called METALLICA. And the rest is history.