Although he has worked with many artists, such as AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Maroon 5, he is most recognized for producing albums for country music star Shania Twain, to whom he was also married.
However, the two separated after Lange was discovered to be having an affair with Twain’s then-best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud. Ironically, Twain is now married to Thiebaud’s ex-husband, Frederic.
Lange’s career highlights include producing Bryan Adams Waking Up the Neighbours in 1991, which featured the record-breaking hit single (Everything I Do) I Do It for You, holding the U.K. chart’s longest consecutive #1 spot for 16 weeks.
Additionally, Lange produced Twain’s album Come on Over in 1997, which became the best-selling album by a female artist.
Despite his success, Lange is a strict vegetarian and leads a reclusive life in Switzerland. He rarely gives interviews and is renowned for his endurance and innovative multi-track recording techniques in the studio.
Mutt Lange founded the band Sound Reason in 1969, but it didn’t last long. He then formed a different group called Hocus in 1971, which recorded one album and released five singles. To pursue more opportunities in the music industry, Lange moved to the United Kingdom.
He started his music production career in 1976, working with City Boy and producing five of their albums between 1976 and 1979. In 1978, he produced “Rat Trap” for The Boomtown Rats, which became a chart-topper in the U.K.
He also produced Ipswich Town’s F.A. Cup final single because the team had a South Africa-born player.
Lange produced AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” album in 1979, which climbed to number eight on the U.K. charts. He continued working with AC/DC by producing two more of their albums, including the massively successful “Back in Black” in 1990.
He also produced multiple albums for Def Leppard, including “Hysteria” and “Adrenalize,” and worked on projects for The Cars, Romeo’s Daughter, and Billy Ocean throughout the 1980s.
In the 1990s, Lange began working with Bryan Adams and co-wrote the hit song “Everything I Do, I Do It For You.” He also produced tracks for Michael Bolton, Stevie Vann, The Backstreet Boys, and Shania Twain during this time.
He continued producing music in the 2000s, working with artists such as Muse, Maroon 5, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears. Lange has produced two Grammy Award-winning albums and three Grammy Award-winning songs throughout his career.
Shania Twain On Ex’s Relationship With Former BFF
Shania Twain revealed that her ex-husband, Mutt Lange, and former best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud, are still in a relationship 15 years after their affair led to the end of Twain’s marriage.
During an episode of the “Armchair Expert” podcast, co-hosts Dax Shepard and Monica Padman were hesitant to bring up the topic of Lange’s infidelity, but Twain reassured them that she was not embarrassed by the scandal.
The country music star, now 57, mentioned that she and Lange, now 74, only communicate regarding their 21-year-old son, Eja.
According to the Grammy winner, she and Mutt parent their son well despite not talking to each other much, as they only communicate through text messages. Their main focus is their son, and they share spaces with him.
After her divorce from Mutt, Twain married Frédéric Thiébaud, the ex-husband of Marie-Anne Thiébaud, who had an affair with Mutt. While some may see them as swapping partners, Twain clarified that she didn’t know Frédéric well before the affair.
She was surprised to see how gracefully he handled the same pain while she felt fragile. She praised Frédéric’s intelligence and revealed he didn’t know about the affair either.
Twain believes everyone gets what they deserve, and Frédéric is the world’s greatest man.