David Lord (producer)

David Lord (born 1944[1]) is an English composer and record producer, known for his work with Peter Gabriel,[2] The Korgis and XTC.

David Lord
Born1944 (age 75–76)
Oxford Edit this on Wikidata
Alma mater
OccupationRecord producer, composer Edit this on Wikidata
Websitehttp://www.dlord.co.uk/ Edit this on Wikidata


Lord was born in 1944 in Oxford, England[1] and educated at the Royal Academy of Music,[3] under Richard Rodney Bennett.[4] He worked as a producer for BBC Radio early in his career.[3]

He worked as a composer; his song‐cycle, The Wife of Winter, was written in 1968, for Janet Baker[1] while The History of the Flood (1969) has a libretto by John Heath-Stubbs.[1] His 'cantata for children', "The Sea Journey", with a libretto by Michael Dennis Browne, is known to exist in two private pressings: one from the 1969 Farnham Festival,[5] for which it was commissioned; the other recorded in 1982 by children from St. Catherine's British Embassy School, Athens, Greece.[6] He also wrote a piece for Julian Bream and a test piece for a London Symphony Orchestra conductors' competition.[4]

He is responsible for the string arrangements on the chart hits "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" by The Korgis,[7] and "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders.

Since around 1970, Lord has lived in Bath, where he formerly operated Crescent Studios,[3][8][9] initially in his top-floor flat in Camden Crescent, and subsequently in a building dating from around 1700, at 144, Walcot Street.[10] He closed the studio when a new road was built next to it.[11]

Lord has appeared on The South Bank Show, discussing his work producing Peter Gabriel's fourth, eponymously titled, solo album.[12]


In 2015, Lord was convicted of keeping a brothel, and was given a suspended prison sentence, as well as being subjected to a 7pm to 7am curfew for four months and made to wear an electronic tag, by Judge Geoffrey Mercer QC, at Bristol Crown Court.[13]


Albums produced or co-produced by Lord include:


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  2. ^ Bright, Spencer. Peter Gabriel : an authorized biography (Updated and rev. ed.). Pan. ISBN 9780330370448.
  3. ^ a b c Cameron, Amanda (9 September 2015). "Bath man who ran Belgrave Place brothel was famous music producer who worked with Peter Gabriel". Bath Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b "David Lord". HiFi Answers: 62–63. February 1989.
  5. ^ "DAVID LORD THE SEA JOURNEY PRIVATE PRESS FARNHAM FESTIVAL cello in chorus EO 252". Roots Vinyl Guide. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  6. ^ "David Lord - The Sea Journey". Discogs. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  7. ^ "How I wrote… 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime' by The Korgis". Song writing magazine. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  8. ^ Harada, Yoichi (October 1987). "Crescent Studios featuring David Lord". Sound Recording Magazine. No. 10.
  9. ^ Dellar, Fred (24 July 1980). "The Korgis: Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime". Smash Hits.
  10. ^ "Crescent Studios, Bath". Studio Sound. December 1986. pp. 64, 66, 68.
  11. ^ a b "David Lord: Enigma Variations". Sound on Sound. November 1996. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  12. ^ DeRiso, Nick. "Revisiting Peter Gabriel's Journey Toward Success With 'Security'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Record producer David Lord dodges jail over brothel". Hollywood.com. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  14. ^ "The Korgis: About their music and history". www.thekorgis.com. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  15. ^ "ROY HARPER - The Roy Harper Band: Work Of Heart (1982)". Prog Archives. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  16. ^ Twomey, Chris (1992). XTC: Chalkhills and Children. Omnibus Press. p. 136. ISBN 9780711927582.
  17. ^ Richler, Daniel (October 1985). "M+M The World Is a Ball". Canadian Musician: 30-.
  18. ^ van der Meer, Dan. "It's Been Thirty Years Since Man Of Colours Was Released". Triple M. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  19. ^ Hammill, Peter. "Peter Hammill Fireships CD". Cargo Records Direct. Retrieved 1 September 2019. I produced it in conjunction with David Lord and his wonderful orchestral arrangements are well to the fore.
  20. ^ "Chandos Records Classical Music CDs and MP3 Downloads OnLine". Chandos Records. Retrieved 1 June 2019.

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