Billy MacKenzie

Real Name:
William MacArthur MacKenzie
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Billy MacKenzie was born on March 27, 1957 in Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Billy MacKenzie and fellow musician Alan Rankine joined forces as Associates in the late 1970's and released their first 7" - a cover of Bowie's "Boys Keep Swinging". The pair then released a string of critically acclaimed albums and singles under the Associates name. After Billy and Alan split in 1982 the group continued. Now called The Associates, various line-ups (always with Billy on vocals and writing most of the material) continued to release records until 1991 when the group folded. Billy also released a few singles through the 80's, variously as "MacKenzie sings Orbidoig", "Holger Hiller featuring Billy Mackenzie" and "BEF featuring Billy MacKenzie". He also contributed vocal duties to a number of other artists such as Skids and Yello. His first proper solo excursions under his own name were in 1992 with the album "Outernational" and a clutch of solo singles. Billy continued recording and releasing material with Yello, Peach, Barry Adamson, Apollo Four Forty, Loom and Siobhan Fahey amongst others. Shortly after finishing work on what would have been his comeback album for Nude Records, Billy took his own life on January 22, 1997 at Auchterhouse in the Sidlaw Hills by Dundee, Scotland. He was 39 years old.
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Albums

none Outernational — Billy MacKenzie Billy MacKenzie Outernational (Album) Circa, Circa none UK 1992 Sell This Version
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NUDE 8CD Beyond The Sun — Billy MacKenzie Billy MacKenzie Beyond The Sun (Album) Nude Records NUDE 8CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
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ROL 003 Memory Palace — Billy MacKenzie Haig* / MacKenzie* Haig* / MacKenzie* - Memory Palace (Album) Rhythm Of Life Records ROL 003 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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ROL 005 Eurocentric — Billy MacKenzie Billy MacKenzie / Steve Aungle Billy MacKenzie / Steve Aungle - Eurocentric(CD, Album) Rhythm Of Life Records ROL 005 UK 2001 Sell This Version
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none Billy Mackenzie & The Associates In Concert — Billy MacKenzie Billy Mackenzie & The Associates Billy Mackenzie & The Associates - Billy Mackenzie & The Associates In Concert(14xFile, MP3) Not On Label (Billy MacKenzie Self-released), Not On Label (The Associates Self-released) none 2011
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Singles & EPs

2499780 Ice Cream Factory — Billy MacKenzie MacKenzie* Sings Orbidöig MacKenzie* Sings Orbidöig - Ice Cream Factory (Single, Maxi) WEA 2499780 France 1982 Sell This Version
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MERXR 253., MERXR 253 The Rhythm Divine — Billy MacKenzie Yello Featuring Billy Mackenzie Yello Featuring Billy Mackenzie - The Rhythm Divine(12") Mercury, Mercury MERXR 253., MERXR 253 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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885 734.1 Cinemas Of The World — Billy MacKenzie Uno (2) with Billy MacKenzie Uno (2) with Billy MacKenzie - Cinemas Of The World (Single) Barclay, Barclay 885 734.1 France 1987 Sell This Version
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12 MUTE 55 Whippets — Billy MacKenzie Holger Hiller Featuring Billy MacKenzie Holger Hiller Featuring Billy MacKenzie - Whippets(12", Single) Mute 12 MUTE 55 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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TEN 386, 114977 Free — Billy MacKenzie BEF* Featuring Billy MacKenzie BEF* Featuring Billy MacKenzie - Free(7") 10 Records, 10 Records TEN 386, 114977 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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YRT 86 Baby — Billy MacKenzie Billy MacKenzie Baby (Single) Circa YRT 86 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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YR 91 Colours Will Come — Billy MacKenzie Billy MacKenzie Colours Will Come (Single) Circa YR 91 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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YRCDJ 102 Pastime Paradise — Billy MacKenzie Billy MacKenzie Pastime Paradise(CD, Single, Promo) Circa YRCDJ 102 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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MILL 022-TW Anacostia Bay (At The Edge Of The World) — Billy MacKenzie Loom Feat. Billy MacKenzie Loom Feat. Billy MacKenzie - Anacostia Bay (At The Edge Of The World) (Single) Millennium Records, Millennium Records MILL 022-TW UK 1996 Sell This Version
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ROL 006 Wild Is The Wind EP — Billy MacKenzie Billy MacKenzie Wild Is The Wind EP(CD, EP, Ltd) Rhythm Of Life Records ROL 006 UK 2001 Sell This Version
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DESPOP02 Return To Love — Billy MacKenzie Billy MacKenzieSteve Aungle Billy MacKenzieSteve Aungle - Return To Love(7", Single) Destination Pop DESPOP02 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
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SFCDS006 Do I Scare You? — Billy MacKenzie Shakespear's Sister & Billy Mackenzie Shakespear's Sister & Billy Mackenzie - Do I Scare You?(CDr, Single, Ltd) SF Records SFCDS006 UK 2011 Sell This Version
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Compilations

TPLP441 CD Transmission Impossible — Billy MacKenzie Billy MacKenzie Transmission Impossible (Comp) One Little Indian TPLP441 CD UK 2004 Sell This Version
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TPLP442CD Auchtermatic — Billy MacKenzie Billy MacKenzie Auchtermatic(CD, Comp) One Little Indian TPLP442CD UK 2004 Sell This Version
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CDTRED856 Satellite Life (Recordings 1994-1996) — Billy MacKenzie Billy MacKenzie Satellite Life (Recordings 1994-1996)(3xCD, Comp, RM) Cherry Red CDTRED856 UK 2022 Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

none Album Sampler — Billy MacKenzie The Associates / Billy MacKenzie The Associates / Billy MacKenzie - Album Sampler(CDr, Promo, Smplr) EMI none UK 2006 Sell This Version

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kevinsingel

kevinsingel

January 28, 2022
Will somebody please for the love of all that is good PLEASE make a FULL length documentary on Billy. Bono, you wrote the intro to his biography, maybe you could throw some spare change towards starting a crowd funding process? Anyone who has had the privilege of reading the book KNOWS now THAT'S a story that HAS to be told and seen to be believed and most of all for Billy to ever TRULY be understood. May he R.I.P eternal
attractiveco

attractiveco

September 1, 2020
See also 'It's Over' / 'The Secret Life Of Arabia' 7" - available as part of the the B.E.F box. VV2219-2. Virgin, 1982.
redclyde

redclyde

October 26, 2011
Definitely a lost talent and much missed singer.Had a voice that was so unique.

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