Davy Kirkwood, an audio engineer who worked with acts ranging from the Rolling Stones to Rihanna over the past 30 years, died last week, according to Hall & Oates manager Jonathan Wolfson. He was 63.
Born David Perry Kirkwood in Glasgow, Scotland in 1947, Davyd worked as a telephone engineer before starting a music career as the singer in a band called the Beings. He became an audio engineer not long after, working with fellow Scots the Average White Band and the Marmalade. Over the years he worked with Deep Purple, the Rolling Stones, Supertramp, Stevie Wonder, Electric Light Orchestra, Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Dio, Men at Work, Air Supply, Leo Sayer, Zucchero, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Warrant, Cinderella, Daryl Hall and John Oates, the Babys, Jackson Brown, Joss Stone, Rihanna and numerous others.
Daryl Hall said, “I only knew Davy briefly, but I have to say from the crowd reaction, he was the best front-of-house man I ever had. What a great guy.”
Joey Allen of Warrant said, “For the past 20-plus years I have had the sincere pleasure of having Davy as a dear friend. His wit, kind demeanor, life knowledge and ability to mix any type music were equal to no one I have ever met in my life. He will be greatly missed.”
Services for Davy are being held on Wednesday (October 12) at 1:30 p.mÃ¢Â€Â¨at the Prince of Peace,Ã¢Â€Â¨5700 Rudnick Ave.,Ã¢Â€Â¨ Woodland Hills, CA 91367