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Legendary sound engineer who worked with Prince, Replacements dies at 54

Monty Lee Wilkes

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Monty Lee Wilkes, the legendary sound engineer whose career included work with Minnesota legends Prince and The Replacements as well as Nirvana and the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 54.

His career in music spanned more than 30 years, with the Star Tribune’s Chris Riemenschneider saying he helped transform the sound of First Avenue as it made the transition from disco to rock in the 80s, before joining The Replacements on tour in 1985.

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