World-renowned jazz drummer and dedicated music educator.
Before 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 for Warner Brothers, they disbanded and Phil decided to move behind the 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 on the Hot Singles Sales chart with “Heaven 24/7” by R&B legends Tavares.