Steve Lillywhite gets CBE
Producer Steve Lillywhite has been named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by HRH Queen Elizabeth in her New Year’s Honours List.
For those of you outside the UK and bewildered by the Honours List ”â The Awards are essentially an acknowledgement of an individuals achievements in a particular pursuit, they are awarded to leading sports personalities, writers, public figures and more importantly to private individuals for their contribution to their own community/
The CBE is the third level in the Order of the British Empire after the Knight/Dame Grand Cross (GBE) and Knight/Dame Commander (KBE/DBE). Only those top two ranks receive the official title of Knight and the use of Sir or Dame.
Lillywhite began his career back in 1972 as a tape operator for Polygram before moving to Island Records as a staff/in-house producer. His first major success coming when he produced Siouxse &The Banshees first single, 1978’s ”ËHong Kong Garden’, he also produced Steel Pulse’s first release ”ËKlu Klux Klan’
Over the next three decades, he would produce numerous major albums, including:
U2 – ”ËBoy’, ”ËWar’ & ”ËOctober’, The Joshua Tree’ and ”ËAchtung Baby’
Dave Mathews Band – ”ËUnder the Table and Dreaming’, ”ËCrash’
Rolling Stones – ”ËDirty Work’
Peter Gabriel – ”ËPeter Gabriel (III)
Talking Heads ”â ”ËNaked’
Morrissey ”ËVauxhall and I’
Ultravox ”â ”ËUltravox!!!’
Psychedelic Furs ”â ”ËThe Psychedelic Furs’
Crowded House ”â ”ËTime on Earth’
Big Country ”â ”ËThe Crossing’
30 Seconds to Mars – ”ËThis is War’
He was also responsible for the production on many early new wave records including releases by Toyah, XTC, The Chameleons, and Eddie & The Hot Rods. More recently he has been linked to Beady Eye, and Evenessence – it is estimated that he has production credits for over 500 releases.
Lillywhite also produced the ultimate Christmas song, The Pogues ”ËFairytale of New York’ which featured the late Kirsty MacColl who was previously married to Lillywhite.
Lillywhite also turned down Guns ”ËN’ Roses and bizarrely signed Darius Danesh (remember the Britney Spears X-Factor debacle?)