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David Mackay (Producer)

David Mackay
Origin Australia
Genres Pop, Soft Rock
Occupations record producer, musical director, recording engineer, Songwriter
Labels EMI, Polydor Records
Associated acts Cliff Richard, Cilla Black, The New Seekers, Bonnie Tyler and others

David Mackay is an Australian record producer/arranger and musical director. He was born in Sydney, Australia and began his music career at the age of 15 in a production of Bye Bye Birdie for J.C. Williamson Theatre Company. He also worked for a time recording musical sessions for local radio.[1]

Career

He was classically trained at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he studied piano, clarinet, theory and composition.

Mackay was later head-hunted by EMI Australia which initially employed him as a Recording Engineer but soon promoted him to "Head of Artists and Repertoire". During this time, Mackay was responsible for producing 30 hit singles and discovering some of Australia's most popular pop acts; he is probably best known in Australia as the producer of most of the Australian recordings made by The Twilights, one of Australia's most popular bands of the mid-1960s. This commercial success led to an internal transfer to the firm's United Kingdom offices where Mackay went on to work at the legendary Abbey Road studios.

Mackay eventually left EMI to set up his own independent company, June Productions Ltd. He also diversified into the medium of television, arranging and producing themes such as Coca-Cola's "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" as well as scores for BBC TV shows Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Carla Lane's Bread and As Time Goes By. The Auf Wiedersehen, Pet project notably generated a hit single "That's Livin' Alright" by Joe Fagin which won Mackay an Ivor Novello Award & a BAFTA nomination.[2]

In 1990, Mackay and Jon English co-wrote a concept album, Paris, which has since been staged as a rock musical in Australia and elsewhere several times beginning in 2003. In 2002, Mackay's career came full circle as he returned to the world of musical theatre now as a supervisor to a West End theatre production of 125th Street. In recent years, the Australian music guru continues to work on similar such projects.

Selected UK, US & Australian discography

Singles:

Albums:

List of acts that have been produced by David Mackay

References

External links

  • Discogs - David Mackay discography
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