David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:25 am

Below are highlights from a tribute page on Elvis engineer Dave Wiechman, made by his daughter Audrey.

Dave worked with Elvis on at more than a dozen sessions at Radio Recorders between 1962 and 1966, all for movie soundtracks. You may hear his voice on any number of outtakes from these sessions.

It was interesting to learn Wiechman was a professional actor before and after his engineering work:

David Wiley
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0928822/


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Clem David Wiechman - Engineer, Actor


David Wiechman moved to California to pursue his acting career. His first job was as the man going to the electric chair in the classic film “Beyond A Reasonable Doubt.” Soon thereafter he landed a recurring role on "Hogan’s Heroes."

He took the stage name "Wiley" because he thought it would be easier to pronounce and spell than his given name… Much to his dismay, on his first interview, the secretary asked "Is that spelled W-Y-L-I-E?"

He took a night job at ABC Messenger Service to support himself between acting roles; one of his nightly pickups was at the infamous Radio Recorders recording studio here in Hollywood. Soon he was working at Radio, first as an assistant engineer and then as a "mixer." Because of his musicianship, outstanding ear and technical talent, he became quite well known, and was sought after by composers and artists in all fields of music.

Among the artists he recorded are Elvis Presley, Mae West, Nino Tempo & April Stevens (including their #1 hit "Deep Purple"), Shelly Manne, Les McCann, Jan & Dean, and Glen Campbell.

For several years Dave was on the Board of Governors of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and received a Grammy nomination for Audio Mixing in 1968 for Shelly Manne’s "Daktari" album.

When Radio Recorders closed, he and three partners bought "The Annex" on Sycamore and he continued with his recording career.

After several years, David decided to give up the music business and go back to his first love, acting. He enjoyed a long and successful career as a character actor in television and film, landing roles in many of the top TV shows of the day. Some of the most memorable include "Cheers," "Night Court," "In Living Color," "LA Law" and "Hill Street Blues." He played the the Jury Foreman in "The Jagged Edge" and the crazy, eyeball-wielding Abel in "Friday the 13th Part III, in 3-D."

He found additional success in print ads and voice-overs. His love of acting was not strictly professional – he exercised his craft in the community theater group Actor's Forum every Tuesday night, where he met some of his closest friends.

David died peacefully at home, in his own bed, on February 5th, 2007.


http://www.wiechman.com/clemdavidwiechman.html



Dave Wiechman: Elvis Sessions

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Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:41 pm

Great thread, Doc. It is interesting to note the difference in the feel of the sessions when Dave took over, as compared to Thorne.

Anyhow, I think DW may have also assisted in the recording of "Flaming Star" becasue it you read the tape legend, it notes the recorder as "Dave."

Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:14 pm

Mike C wrote:Great thread, Doc. It is interesting to note the difference in the feel of the sessions when Dave took over, as compared to Thorne.

Thanks. I agree -- it was a different ballgame with Dave there.

Mike C wrote:Anyhow, I think DW may have also assisted in the recording of "Flaming Star" because it you read the tape legend, it notes the recorder as "Dave."

I think you mean the session for "Black Star" (August 8), not "Flaming Star" (October 7) -->


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Radio Recorders - Monday, August 8, 1960


In any case, it's possible "Dave" is Dave Wiechman -- it's unclear when he was first employed at Radio Recorders. He apparently did not become Engineer on an Elvis session until two years later.

Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:00 pm

Fascinating, thanks Doc.

I'm surprised there haven't been more comments on this thread.

Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:58 pm

londonflash wrote:Fascinating, thanks Doc.

I'm surprised there haven't been more comments on this thread.

Thanks! I am surprised too, I thought people would be intrigued to learn more about Wiechman.

There are some May 1966 outtakes with Frank Sinatra where you hear Dave's voice, too. So he really touched greatness. It's a shame he apparently never wrote his story, or gave a lengthy interview to anyone.

The still-officially-unissued 1963 outtakes of "If You Think I Don't Need You" from "Viva Las Vegas" are where I first heard Dave's banter with Elvis, on the Lucky Records bootleg LP. And, of course, those hysterical "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" tapes from August 1965 that surfaced in the 1980s featured Wiechman speaking with Presley quite a bit.

Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:10 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
londonflash wrote:Fascinating, thanks Doc.

I'm surprised there haven't been more comments on this thread.

Thanks! I am surprised too, I thought people would be intrigued to learn more about Wiechman.

There are some May 1966 outtakes with Frank Sinatra where you hear Dave's voice, too. So he really touched greatness. It's a shame he apparently never wrote his story, or gave a lengthy interview to anyone.

The still-officially-unissued 1963 outtakes of "If You Think I Don't Need You" from "Viva Las Vegas" are where I first heard Dave's banter with Elvis, on the Lucky Records bootleg LP. And, of course, those hysterical "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" tapes from August 1965 that surfaced in the 1980s featured Wiechman speaking with Presley quite a bit.


Cool info. BTW, you are correct regarding the correction to my earlier post in this thread.

Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:13 pm

Mike C wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:
londonflash wrote:Fascinating, thanks Doc.

I'm surprised there haven't been more comments on this thread.

Thanks! I am surprised too, I thought people would be intrigued to learn more about Wiechman.

There are some May 1966 outtakes with Frank Sinatra where you hear Dave's voice, too. So he really touched greatness. It's a shame he apparently never wrote his story, or gave a lengthy interview to anyone.

The still-officially-unissued 1963 outtakes of "If You Think I Don't Need You" from "Viva Las Vegas" are where I first heard Dave's banter with Elvis, on the Lucky Records bootleg LP. And, of course, those hysterical "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" tapes from August 1965 that surfaced in the 1980s featured Wiechman speaking with Presley quite a bit.


Cool info. BTW, you are correct regarding the correction to my earlier post in this thread.

Thanks again.

Your observation of "Dave" on that 1960 tape box was keen -- it could have been a good question for Wiechman. Oh well.

Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:33 am

About the quality of his work.

To my mind it is not as good as Thorne and Bill Porter?

Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:58 pm

Here's a link I found that provides some more information on Dave Wiechman.

http://scabbyhorror.blogspot.com/2012/1 ... -thee.html

Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:24 am

Daryl wrote:Here's a link I found that provides some more information on Dave Wiechman.

http://scabbyhorror.blogspot.com/2012/12/i-have-warned-thee.html


That's a nice blog, but if you read what is written on that blog it says:

Here's something I found about him on http://www.Elvis-collectors.com ...


It's quoting this topic. ;-)

Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:02 am

Interesting stuff Doc,Don't know how I missed this thread.Good to put a face and some facts to the voice.Thanks.


norrie

Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:54 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
londonflash wrote:Fascinating, thanks Doc.

I'm surprised there haven't been more comments on this thread.

Thanks! I am surprised too, I thought people would be intrigued to learn more about Wiechman.


Now I appreciate that my contributions to this fine thread amounted to nothing more than a question, followed by a 'thanks' (for your helpful answer) and an admittedly inconsequential offering on the relationship between Dave and Elvis. However, I am still a little surprised to find they are all gone. Not concerned, not hurt (well maybe just a little :wink: ) but surprised.

The only reason I noticed, I use the original of this fine thread as my short-cut here.

Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:08 am

mike edwards66 wrote:Now I appreciate that my contributions to this fine thread amounted to nothing more than a question, followed by a 'thanks' (for your helpful answer) and an admittedly inconsequential offering on the relationship between Dave and Elvis. However, I am still a little surprised to find they are all gone. Not concerned, not hurt (well maybe just a little :wink: ) but surprised.

The only reason I noticed, I use the original of this fine thread as my short-cut here.


Your comments are not "all gone," they remain on the original topic.

http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=52570

This is a mirrored version that was moved over by admin before your contributions to the original thread.

Re: David Wiechman - Elvis Engineer, 1962 - 1966

Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:25 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
mike edwards66 wrote:Now I appreciate that my contributions to this fine thread amounted to nothing more than a question, followed by a 'thanks' (for your helpful answer) and an admittedly inconsequential offering on the relationship between Dave and Elvis. However, I am still a little surprised to find they are all gone. Not concerned, not hurt (well maybe just a little :wink: ) but surprised.

The only reason I noticed, I use the original of this fine thread as my short-cut here.


Your comments are not "all gone," they remain on the original topic.

http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=52570

This is a mirrored version that was moved over by admin before your contributions to the original thread.


Oh. Fair enough.