Hal Willner, a music producer working in recording, films, TV and live events based out of the US has passed away due to Corona Virus. He was 64 years old and died from complication of COVID-19 virus disease. He was best known for assembling tribute albums and events featuring a wide variety of artists and musical styles. His first tribute album was Amarcord Nino Rota in 1981. Willner produced albums for Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, William S. Burroughs, Gavin Friday, Lucinda Williams, Laurie Anderson and Allen Ginsberg, among others. 
In the late 1970s he worked under record producer Joel Dorn, credited as Associate Producer on Leon Redbone's albums Double Time and Champagne Charlie, and The Neville Brothers' Fiyo on the Bayou. Willner was the sketch music producer of Saturday Night Live since 1981. He was also a producer of the TV program Sunday Night hosted by David Sanborn. We express our deepest condolences to Hal Williner’s family.