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Hank Cicalo is an American recording engineer, most notable for his work in the 1960s and 1970s. Among the artists Cicalo recorded are The Monkees, Carole King and George Harrison.


The Monkees

Cicalo worked at RCA Records's recording studio in Hollywood, California during the 1960s. Early in 1967, The Monkees recorded their Headquarters album, which was their first to feature all four band members playing instruments. Lacking experience as a recording group, the sessions dragged out from a normal two or three weeks of sessions to a full six weeks. Cicalo worked patiently with the Monkees, and their producer Chip Douglas (himself a first-time producer), and the album came together as the band learned about making records. As a thank-you to Cicalo, the Monkees gave him writing credit for their song "No Time" (included on Headquarters). This briefly got Cicalo into trouble, as RCA had a rule against engineers soliciting songs for recording. When matters were explained, Cicalo was able to collect the writer's royalties; released to praise and brisk sales, Headquarters paid Cicalo enough money to buy a house. He worked later with the Monkees on Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., and other albums.

Later career

Cicalo engineered portions of Carole King's landmark Tapestry album, and some of her later works. He also worked with George Harrison at his Friar Park recording studio, to make Harrison's Thirty-Three & 1/3.


  • The Monkees Tale, Eric Lefcowitz (Last Gasp Press) (ISBN 0-86719-338-7)
  • Monkeemania! The True Story of the Monkees, Glenn A. Baker, Tom Czarnota & Peter Hogan (St. Martin's Press) (ISBN 0-312-00003-0)

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