Andy Mackay is a British saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work with the pioneering art rock band Roxy Music. Born on July 23, 1946, in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, Mackay grew up in a musical family and started playing the oboe at a young age. He went on to study music at Reading University, where he met fellow student Brian Eno. The two formed the band Roxy Music in 1971, which quickly gained a reputation for their boundary-pushing music and elaborate stage shows.
Mackay’s distinctive saxophone playing was a key element of Roxy Music’s sound, often taking center stage in their songs and adding a touch of glam and sophistication to their music. He also played oboe, saxello, and keyboards for the band. Mackay played on all of Roxy Music’s studio albums and was an integral part of their success, helping to push the boundaries of rock music and influence generations of musicians.
In addition to his work with Roxy Music, Mackay has had a successful solo career, releasing several albums and collaborating with a wide range of artists. He has also worked as a producer and composer, and is known for his innovative use of technology and electronic instruments.
Mackay has been recognized for his contributions to music, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Roxy Music in 2019. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mackay reflected on the band’s legacy and their impact on music. “We were trying to do something that was new and exciting and different, and we didn’t really know what it was going to be,” he said. “But it resonated with people, and I think it still does.”
Today, Mackay continues to perform and record music, and is recognized as a true pioneer and innovator in the world of rock and roll saxophone playing. His contributions to music have left an indelible mark on the genre and continue to inspire new generations of musicians.
Page last updated 3/26/2023.