Ed Mashal, classic rock recording engineer, dies of heart attack

Edward Mashal was a recording engineer who worked on some of rock’s classic albums at studios in Miami, including the Eagles’ 1977 “Record of the Year’’ Grammy winner, “Hotel California.“

The one-time Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale teacher suffered a sudden, fatal heart attack on June 3 at his South Miami-Dade home, said his sister-in-law, Teresita Mashal, the widow of his brother, Tom.

Ed Mashal, born March 8, 1950, was 63. His death followed by less than a month that of Mack Emerman, an early mentor who founded Miami’s legendary Criteria Recording Studio.

Howard Albert, who began a long and storied studio recording career with his brother Ron at Criteria, recalls Mashal coming onboard in the mid-1970s as an assistant engineer.

“He was a sweetheart of a guy,’’ Albert said. “Big smile. Very dependable. Meticulous. He knew when to be quiet and knew when to talk.’’

Mashal was assigned to Eagles’ producer Bill Szymczyk. They meshed so well that Szymczyk began calling him “Radar,’’ after the M*A*S*H character Corporal Radar O’Reilly, because, just as Radar knew with his boss Colonel Blake, Mashal always seemed to know what Szymczyk wanted before he asked for it.

Mashal worked at Criteria for about a year, Albert said, then followed Szymczyk to his own studio, Bayshore Recording in Coconut Grove. They worked together on other Eagles hits, including “One of These Nights” and “The Long Run.”

Together, they also produced hits for The BeeGees, The Outlaws, Joe Walsh, Bob Seger, Elvin Bishop and Wishbone Ash.

“Eddie was my audio instructor at the Art Institute in 1988,’’ said Brian Campbell, who later hired Mashal as chief engineer at Accessible Communication Media Services in Sunrise. Mashal was employed there at the time of his death.

Friends plan to gather at 6 p.m. July 13 at Accessible Communication, 10244 NW. 47th St., to remember Ed Mashal.

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