Gospel music legend Bob MacKenzie dead at 62

Monday, October 23rd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gospel music legend Bob MacKenzie, who mentored scores of singers and writers including The Imperials and the Oak Ridge Boys, died Friday of heart failure. He was 62.

His death came two weeks before his induction into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame dinner ceremony will be held Oct. 30.

The Worcester, Mass., native first moved to Nashville in 1964 to manage the Nashville Symphony Orchestra before becoming involved in the gospel music industry.

In the 1960s and 70s, he produced multiple Grammy-winning albums for such artists as The Imperials, The Cathedrals, the Oak Ridge Boys and Buddy Greene.