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Tom Dowd Dies

Tom Dowd, a recording innovator who worked with John Coltrane and helped establish Atlantic Records, died of emphysema on Sun., Oct. 27 in Aventura, Fla. He was 77.

Dowd was the son of a Manhattan theater producer father and an opera singer mother. He studied both piano and violin in his teens and, being somewhat of a prodigy, graduated high school at 16. After attending Columbia University for two years Dowd enlisted in the Army at 18, but he was told to return to Columbia to work on the Manhattan Project, which produced the atomic bomb.

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