You may not know who George Marino was, but if you've listened to a radio during the last 40 years you are probably familiar with his work.
Marino died Monday after losing a battle with lung cancer—he was 65.
During his career as an audio engineer with music mastering group Sterling Sound, Marino worked with groups such as The Cars, Journey, Coldplay and Guns N' Roses, among many others.
He most recently won a Grammy for mastering the 2011 album of the year, "Suburbs" by Arcade Fire.
"Sterling Sound and the music industry as a whole has suffered a tremendous loss,” the company said in a statement. “Words cannot express the sorrow we feel. George was family to us all, and we will miss him dearly.”
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After breaking into the music industry in the late 60s, Marino made a name for himself in the business while working in New York City. Although not a household name, he worked on thousands of albums with hundreds of artists and is credited in some of the most famous albums of all time.
Metallica even posted a tribute to Marino on the band's website this week. The tribute, titled "A Loss in the Family" praises Marino for his work with some of the band's hit records.
"While some of you may not instantly recognize George’s name, he was an invaluable member of our extended Metalli-family and was absolutely crucial with his skills and guidance as he spent countless days and hours tweaking every nuance and sound on The Black Album, Load, Re-Load, Garage, Inc., and S&M," the statement said.
Marino raised a family with his wife Rose on Union Avenue in Harrison. Although his connections were numerous and accomplishments plentiful, those who knew him say he was never one for self-promotion. Many neighbors in Harrison probably never knew they lived near someone with such an impressive resume of success.