David Mackay (producer)

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David Mackay
Origin Australia
Genres Pop, Soft Rock
Occupation(s) 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 (born 11 May 1944 in Sydney)[1] is an Australian record producer, arranger and musical director. He 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.[2]


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; his credits include the band's ambitious swansong Once Upon A Twilight. Mackay's Australian 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 and a BAFTA nomination.[3] In both 1972 and 1973, Mackay conducted the orchestra for the UK's entries in the Eurovision Song Contest.

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 as a supervisor to a West End theatre production of 125th Street. In recent years, the Australian music guru continues to work on similar projects.

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  1. ^ https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=gZIjT8PgJMEC&pg=PA325&lpg=PA325&dq=david+mackay+sydney+conservatorium+who%27s+who&source=bl&ots=XAV0eIQ82X&sig=cjoKmgZWGkRDdgeHHJvH6B5r3-s&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FV4yVcbkOcKCPcyKgIAP&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=david%20mackay%20sydney%20conservatorium%20who%27s%20who&f=false
  2. ^ "Lyn Paul Website: New Seekers". Retrieved 14 May 2009.
  3. ^ "CillaBlack.com - Interview with David Mackay". Retrieved 14 May 2009.

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