David Hentschel

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David Hentschel
Born 18 December 1952
Occupation(s) Recording engineer, movie composer and music producer
Associated acts George Harrison, Elton John, Genesis
David Hentschel at Scott Frankfurt Studio, Woodland Hills, CA

David Hentschel (born 18 December 1952) is an English recording engineer, movie composer and music producer who engineered on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,[1] as well as with artists including Genesis, Tony Banks, Ringo Starr, Queen, Nazareth, Marti Webb, Andy Summers, Mike Oldfield, Renaissance, Peter Hammill and Ronnie Caryl.

Hentschel was born in Sussex. His career began at Trident Studios in London where he was initially an assistant before rising to become one of the in-house producers. In addition to engineering and production credits, Hentschel also played early synthesizers with a diverse range of bands including Nazareth, Pilot and Byzantium. He played synthesizer on several high profile recordings, including Elton John's "Rocket Man" and "Funeral for a Friend" from the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [2] album. "Funeral for a Friend" featured an early analogue synthesizer, the ARP 2500, to create tonal feeling and effect.

After leaving Trident in 1974, he produced his own album Startling Music for Ringo Starr's short lived record label, Ring O'Records, consisting of a song-by-song, instrumental cover of Starr's album Ringo and featuring performances by Phil Collins, David Cole, Ronnie Caryl, John Gilbert and Starr. He then began a successful collaboration with the band Genesis which resulted in five albums beginning with A Trick of the Tail [3] in 1976.

In 1982, Hentschel collaborated with lyricist Don Black on a song cycle album for Marti Webb to follow her success with Tell Me on a Sunday. I'm Not That Kind of Girl was released in 1983. Despite including the talent of Phil Collins on drums and Kiki Dee on backing vocals, it failed to chart and was Webb's last album for Polydor.

In 1988 Hentschel produced and engineered the Grammy Award winning album Politics, by the jazz fusion band Yellowjackets.[4]

Hentschel also wrote the scores for the films Operation Daybreak (1975), Seven Nights in Japan (1976), The Squeeze (1977) and Educating Rita (1983).[5]

Relocating to Los Angeles in 1985, he established one of the first dedicated MIDI studios and worked with Ensoniq on developing instruments and custom sounds. Now living back in England he continues to produce, compose and arrange on both sides of the Atlantic.

Hentschel has recently worked as an engineer, musician, producer and arranger for a number of Contemporary Christian music artists including Out of Eden, Jennifer Knapp, Point of Grace and P.O.D.. In 2012, Hentschel produced prog/harp band Art in America.[6] He is also heavily involved in developing new artists.


  • 1979 - Startling Music - Starring Phil Collins on drums and percussions, David Cole also on drums, Ronnie Caryl on acoustic and electric guitars, Jack D. Glenliver & Richard Starkey on Finger Clicks and David Hentschel on piano and keyboards.
  • 1983 : Educating Rita (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


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