Billy Mackenzie

Billy Mackenzie

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For motocross racer, see Billy MacKenzie .

William MacArthur "Billy" Mackenzie (27 March 1957 – 22 January 1997) was a Scottish singer, with a distinctive falsetto voice best known as a member of The Associates.


Mackenzie was born and grew up in Dundee. As a youngster, he lived in Park Avenue in the Stobswell area and attended St Mary's Forebank Primary School and St Michael's Secondary School. He led a peripatetic lifestyle, which included decamping to New Zealand at the age of 16, and travelling across America aged 17. Here he married Chloe Dummar. While some say the marriage was made to stave off deportation, Ms. Dummar states the marriage was made for love. Her brother, Melvin Dummar, claimed to be the "one sixteenth" beneficiary of the estate of Howard Hughes, until the case was thrown out in 1978.

He returned to Scotland where he met Alan Rankine and in 1976 formed the Ascorbic Ones.O'Brien, Lucy (1997) "Those Last Impressions: Billy MacKenzie", Q They changed the name to Mental Torture and finally Associates in 1979. Rankine left The Associates in 1982, but Mackenzie continued to work under the name for several years until he began releasing material under his own name in the 1990s. Mackenzie also collaborated with many other artists during his career, including contributions to Swiss duo Yello's One Second...
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