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Lillywhite lands diskery deal

Producer worked with Gabriel, U2

Record producer Steve Lillywhite has joined Sony BMG’s Columbia Records as senior vice president of A&R.

Lillywhite, who earned kudos for his work with Peter Gabriel and U2, will sign artists to the label and work with Columbia’s roster. He will provide a range of inhouse production services, from hands-on production, mixing and engineering to a broader advisory role as creative consultant.

Lillywhite will report to Will Botwin, chairman of Columbia Records Group.

“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,” Botwin said.

Lillywhite got his first job in the music business in 1972, working as a tape operator at Polygram in England before working with Ultravox. After that band was signed to Island Records, Lillywhite followed as a staff producer. Lillywhite produced several punk and new-wave acts, among them Johnny Thunders, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Psychedelic Furs and XTC.

For U2, he produced and/or mixed “Boy,” “October,” “War,” “The Joshua Tree,” “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” and “Vertigo.” He has also worked with Jason Mraz, Travis, Phish and the Dave Matthews Band.

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