Matthew McCauley (producer)

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Matthew McCauley
Born1954 (age 6465)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s)Composer, record producer

Matthew McCauley (born 1954) is a Canadian composer [1] and record producer based in Los Angeles. In 1977 Matthew produced Dan Hill's song "Sometimes When We Touch". [2] His film scores include Between Friends (1973), City on Fire (1979), Middle Age Crazy (1980), In the Custody of Strangers (1982) and Thunder Run (1986).

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Daniel Grafton Hill IV is a Canadian pop singer and songwriter. He had two major international hits with his songs "Sometimes When We Touch" and "Can't We Try", a duet with Vonda Shepard, as well as a number of other charting singles in Canada and the United States. He also established himself as a songwriter who produced hit songs for artists such as George Benson and Celine Dion.

Sometimes When We Touch 1977 Dan Hill song

"Sometimes When We Touch" is a 1977 ballad written by Dan Hill (lyrics) and Barry Mann (music) on the album Longer Fuse and also released that year as a single. It was Hill's biggest hit, peaking at #3 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Musicians included Bobby Ogdin (piano), Larrie Londin (drums), Bob Mann (guitar), Don Potter (guitar), Tom Szczesniak (bass). The record was produced by Fred Mollin and Matthew McCauley, recorded at Manta Sound, Toronto.

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Early life

McCauley was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of composer William McCauley and Patricia McFarlane, daughter of author Leslie McFarlane. [2] He grew up in Toronto, where his father was the musical director of the O'Keefe Centre.

Ottawa Federal capital city in Ontario, Canada

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Ontario Province of Canada

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Charles Leslie McFarlane was a Canadian journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and filmmaker, who is most famous for ghostwriting many of the early books in the very successful Hardy Boys series, using the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon.

Career

McCauley began creating film scores with his father as a teenager. [3] In 1973 he composed the score for the film Between Friends. [1] [4] He also composed the music for the 1975 film Sudden Fury, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. [5] [6]

In 1977 McCauley and Fred Mollin produced Ronney Abramson's album Stowaway at True North Records. [7] That year McCauley travelled to Egypt, where he and anthropology student Mark Lehner began to study and map the Giza Plateau, near Cairo. [3] McCauley is the cofounder of Ancient Egypt Research Associates which is based at the Harvard Semitic Museum. Established in 1985, AERA carries out excavations and digital mapping at the plateau.

Ronney Abramson is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She was born in France.

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In 1979 McCauley and Mollin were nominated for a Juno Award for Producer of the Year. [8] A year later McCauley and Mollin produced the album Alibi for the band America. [9]

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In 2000 McCauley was music director if the television series Andromeda; [10] in 2001 he won a Leo Award for his composition for the series, "Music from a Distant Drum". [11] In 2002 he was presented with a Cleveland Regional Emmy award for his composition "Squeakers". [12]

Personal

McCauley's great grandfather and namesake, Matthew McCauley, was the first mayor of Edmonton, Alberta (1892) [13] and a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1905 to 1909.

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  2. 1 2 Canadian Review . Vol. Issues 2-6. Pomeroy, Carter.; 1976. p. 33.
  3. 1 2 "At 23, Matthew McCauley, a longhaired musician with no college education, excavated the Great Sphinx ... and that’s just the tip of the pyramid". Nashville Scene, Jack Silverman, Apr 12, 2012
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