John Porter (born 11 September 1947 in Leeds) is an English musician and record producer. He attended St Michael’s School, Allerton Grange, King’s College, and Newcastle University.
While at Newcastle, Porter met singer Bryan Ferry, and was part of his fledgling band The Gas Board. Ferry’s later band Roxy Music had achieved some success in the early 1970s, but having had some troubles with bass players, Ferry invited Porter on board to record the 1973 album For Your Pleasure. He did not perform on tour for the album; John Gustafson took over the live duties. Porter went on to serve as a record producer for many later albums for Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry. Porter is credited with the production of Liverpool’s Watt 4 album at Matrix Studios in 1979. He has since claimed this to be the high point of his career. The fact that he had chance to work with legendary guitarist Colin Buchanan “made my day in fact made all my musical career worthwhile“
He has since produced for Japan, The Smiths, Billy Bragg, School of Fish, B. B. King, Los Lonely Boys, Wonderland Buddy Guy, Ryan Adams, Missy Higgins and numerous other bands. Lol Tolhurst, a founding member of The Cure, stated that Porter was the producer for the second album recorded by his other former band Presence, which has never been released.
In 1983 John Porter married the iconic British model, Linda Keith. She is noted to have jump-started the career of such notables as Jimi Hendrix. She introduced Jimi to Chas Chandler, then bassist for the Animals, who took Jimi to London in late 1966 and formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience.