Lillywhite Joins Columbia
September 30, 2005 at 8:49 AM (PT)
Legendary producer STEVE LILLYWHITE has joined COLUMBIA RECORDS as SVP/A&R. LILLYWHITE will sign new and emerging artists to the label while working with COLUMBIA's current roster.
COLUMBIA RECORDS GROUP Chairman WILL BOTWIN made the announcement, and said, "STEVE LILLYWHITE has worked on a lot of the most important records of the past thirty years and has produced some of the best records of all time. His adventurous musical spirit, his consistently high aesthetic standards, and his broad creative abilities have produced an unbroken string of artistic and commercial successes, from the earliest days of punk-rock to this year's hottest pop albums. He knows what a great record sounds like and he intuitively knows how to work with artists to bring out the very best they have to offer."
LILLYWHITE got his start in the business as a tape operator at POLYGRAM in the UK in 1972, and went on to produce a string of Punk and New Wave classics by artists such as ULTRAVOX, JOHNNY THUNDERS, SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES, the PSYCHEDELIC FURS, XTC, and others. In the 80s, he was instrumental in shaping the sound of albums by PETER GABRIEL, U2, SIMPLE MINDS, BIG COUNTRY, TALKING HEADS, the ROLLING STONES and others.
The 1990s found LILLYWHITE was involved with albums by artists such as MORRISSEY and PHISH, and he produced a series of multi-platinum albums by the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND. After a successful stint as Joint Managing Director of MERCURY RECORDS in London, he produced U2's ten million seller "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" and JASON MRAZ's Top 5 album, "Mr. A-Z."