Rob Cavallo

Robert Siers "Rob" Cavallo (born March 21, 1963) is an American record producer, musician, and record industry executive.[1][2] Primarily known for his production work with Green Day, he has also worked with Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Eric Clapton, the Goo Goo Dolls, the Dave Matthews Band, Kid Rock, Jawbreaker, Alanis Morissette, Black Sabbath, Phil Collins, Paramore, Lil Peep, Shinedown, and Meat Loaf.[2][3][4] He is also a multiple Grammy Award winner.[5][6][7][8]

Cavallo plays multiple instruments and has professional credits for his bass, keyboard, organ, piano, guitar and percussion work.[2]

Rob Cavallo
Rob Cavallo
Rob Cavallo at the Yahoo! Yodel Studio on October 13, 2009
Background information
Birth name Robert Siers Cavallo
Born March 21, 1963 (age 55)
Washington, D.C.
  • Record producer
  • musician
  • Guitar
  • piano
  • keyboard
  • bass guitar
Years active 1980s–present

Early life

Cavallo was born in Washington, DC and moved to Los Angeles, California with his family at age 10.[2] His interest in music began at age 11 after listening to his father's The Beatles collection.[4] He graduated from the University of Southern California, as a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, in 1985 with a B.A. in English.[4] Cavallo also attended the Dick Grove School of Music.[2]


Cavallo worked with George Massenburg at The Complex Recording Studios early in his career. He joined Warner Bros. Records as A&R representative in 1987 and worked with Black Sabbath as one of his first assignments.[4][9] He also signed both the Goo Goo Dolls and Green Day during his first tenure at Warner Bros. Records.[4][10] Cavallo became senior vice-president of A&R of Hollywood Records in 1998.[11] He moved to Warner Music Group in 2002 and became chief creative officer of the company in 2009.[11] He was named chairman of Warner Bros. Records in 2011, and served in that position until December 2012..[11]

Cavallo also co-founded Level 7, a media company, with Broadcom Corporation co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III.[10]

Platinum albums and tracks

Cavallo has produced multiple platinum-selling albums and tracks.[2] Platinum-selling albums he has produced include:

Tracks he produced, which were on platinum-selling albums include:

Other notable projects

Cavallo-produced Fleetwood Mac album Say You Will went gold in the US, Canada and Britain.[2][31][32][33] Dave Matthew's Band's Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 rankings.[34] Phil Collins' single "Can't Stop Loving You," off the Cavallo-produced album Testify, peaked at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.[2][35]

Two Cavallo-produced Goo Goo Dolls tracks, "Iris" and "Slide," were included in Billboard's top 100 pop songs 1992–2012.[36] "Iris" was the top pop song from 1992–2012 and "Slide" was ninth-best according to Billboard's list.[36]

Cavallo played an important role as A&R Representative for Linkin Park's single Burn It Down which reached the 30th position on the Billboard Hot 100[37] and was certified as Platinum by RIAA.[38]

Awards and recognition

Cavallo has won three Grammy awards: 1998 Producer of the Year; 2004 Best Rock Album for producing Green Day’s American Idiot; and 2005 Record of the Year for producing Green Day’s "Boulevard of Broken Dreams".[5]

Billboard Magazine ranked Cavallo number 45 in their 2012 Power 100 rankings.[1]


  1. ^ a b Ed Christman (January 26, 2012). "Billboard Power 100: Rob Cavallo & Todd Moscowitz". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Ed Hogan. "Rob Cavallo". AllMusic. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Producer with the Platinum Touch". Guitar Center. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Laurie Moore (December 16, 2011). "Music Man". USC Dornsife. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Rob Cavallo Grammy Awards". Grammy's. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "Rob Cavallo Oscar Awards". Oscars. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "Rob Cavallo Golden Globe Awards". Golden Globes. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  8. ^ Renaud Jean-Baptiste (October 8, 2009). "Warner Music Group Names Rob Cavallo New Chief Creative Officer". IndustryPlug. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  9. ^ Stacy Conradt. "6 Interns Who Ended Up Running the Company". Mental Floss. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  10. ^ a b c Todd Martens (October 8, 2009). "Warner Music Group names producer Rob Cavallo chief creative officer". LA Times. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  11. ^ a b c "Rob Cavallo Named Chairman of Warner Bros. Records". Bloomberg. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  12. ^ "500 GREATEST SONGS OF ALL TIME". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  13. ^ "Nimrod". RIAA. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  14. ^ "Warning". Music Canada. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums". ARIA. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". ARIA. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  17. ^ John J. Moser (November 30, 2006). "Goo Goo Dolls are all grown up". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  18. ^ "The Black Parade". RIAA. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  19. ^ "Dave Matthews Band". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  20. ^ "Big Whiskey and Groogrux King". RIAA. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  21. ^ "David Cook". RIAA. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  22. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2002". IFPI Platinum Europe Awards. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  23. ^ Jolie Lash (September 16, 2002). "Phil Collins Can't Stop". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  24. ^ "Rock and Roll Jesus". RIAA. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  25. ^ a b "City of Angels Soundtrack". IMDb. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  26. ^ a b "City of Angels Soundtrack". RIAA. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  27. ^ "Runaway Bride Soundtrack". IMDb. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  28. ^ "Tarzan Soundtrack". RIAA. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  29. ^ "Tarzan Soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  30. ^ "Twilight Soundtrack". RIAA. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  31. ^ "Say You Will". RIAA. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  32. ^ "Say You Will". Music Canada. Archived from the original on May 5, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  33. ^ "Certified Awards". The British Recorded Music Industry. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  34. ^ Keith Caulfield (June 10, 2009). "Dave Matthews' 'Big' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  35. ^ "Magnetic-Goo Goo Dolls". AllMusic. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  36. ^ a b Gary Trust (October 3, 2012). "The Top 100 Pop Songs 1992–2012, From No. 100 To No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  37. ^ "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  38. ^ "American single certifications – Linkin Park – Burn It Down". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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