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David Mackay formed his first group at the age of 11 called “The Toppers” and they were signed to Rex Records thru Festival and their first single was “The Three Bells”. The group toured with Col Joye and the Joye Boys and Johnny O’Keefe and at weekends, whilst still at school, they would fly to
David left the Opera scene to join
In 19673 David joined EMI Music
Recognizing his talent and abilities EMI Music International in 1969 offered him a transfer from
David left EMI to go independent and formed June Productions Ltd, which he still runs today. His first independent production was “Look what they’ve done to my song, Ma!” for the New Seekers which went to No 4 on the American charts. It was followed by numerous other hits including the legendary “I’d like to teach the world to sing” which he also arranged and produced as an award winning television advert for Coca-Cola. David returned briefly to
David built his own studio in Woldingham and his first production there was “It’s A Heartache” for Bonnie Tyler. EMI Music then had retained him produce albums for two of their high profile artists namely Cliff Richard and Cilla Black. During this period David also produced, arranged and conducted for Cliff on his Eurovision appearances.
Many other productions followed, hit singles and albums for Bonnie Tyler, Frankie Millers’ “Darlin” single and album for Chrysalis Records” which became a smash around the world, an album with Billie Ocean followed by two singles for the late Dusty Springfield, “Baby Blue” written by Trevor Horn and “Your Love Still Brings Me To My Knees”. He co-produced with Barry Gibb for
Turning his hand to television he wrote and scored a number of hit TV series including “Auf Wiedersehen Pet!” for which he won the Ivor Novello Award and a BAFTA nomination for the hit single “That’s Livin Alright” (sung by Joe Fagin). Then came the
Other artists he has recorded include legendary French rock star Johnny Hallyday, with whom he had 3 hit singles and a No 1 album, Greece’s Demis Roussos, John Parr, the legendary Jimmy Webb and the late “genius” Harry Nilsson , American superstar Gene Pitney , British vocal group Wall Street Crash, Alvin Stardust, and Starsky and Hutch’s David Soul.
In 2003 David was appointed as the Musical Supervisor for the new musical “
2007 is the 400th anniversary of the first permanent British settlement on American soil. From 2006 to May 2007 there were concerts, touring shows, historical recreations culminating in huge concert on the actual anniversary. The event was called “America 2007” and David was supervising and producing the musical content for this celebration which was attended by the Queen and the American President.
To coincide with the current world tour David has produced new albums for Barry Humphries as “Dame Edna Everage” and “Sir Les Patterson”. He has also renewed his association with Eve Graham from the New Seekers producing a new CD for her and an instrumental album with guitarist Bob Huff, whose 18 year old daughter was the youngest girl soldier to die in
This year David has also directed and scored a new show called “The Elvis Years” which is currently touring the UK and is set to open in Europe in 2010 in addition to co-writing a new musical with Jeff Turner called “The General – A Lifetime Affair” which will open in Zurich next year.