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Leckie was born in Paddington, London, and attended The Quintin School, a North West London grammar school, before attending Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in Bromley. He worked as an audio assistant for United Motion Pictures after graduating from high school.


Between 1970 to 1978, John Leckie worked as a record producer and engineer at Abbey Road Studios. He produced Sunburst Finish by Be-Bop Deluxe, Life in a Day by Simple Minds, and Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam by Bill Nelson, as well as All Things Must Pass by John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and George Harrison. During the 1980s, John Leckie collaborated with XTC, The Stone Roses, Radiohead, and The Human League. He produced The Dukes of Stratosphear’s debut album Psonic Psunspot and engineered and recorded their debut song Public Image for Public Image Ltd. He also helped record a large portion of the Stone Roses’ second album, Second Coming. In 1995, he produced All Change by the Liverpool band Cast, which went on to become the best-selling single of the year.
After leaving Abbey Road in 1978, Leckie went on to create albums for Simple Minds (Life in a Day, Real to Real Cacophony and Empires and Dance). He produced the Red Noise album Sound on Sound and Nelson’s following solo album Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam for Be-Bop Deluxe creator Bill Nelson (the latter unreleased until 1981). Leckie produced The Human League’s Holiday 80 EP and recorded the debut song, Public Image, for Public Image Ltd. Leckie produced XTC’s first 3D single and EP, as well as their first two studio albums, White Music and Go 2. In the mid-1980s, he released 25 O’Clock and Psonic Psunspot on XTC under the alias The Dukes of Stratosphere.

Leckie produced the Liverpool band Cast’s album All Change in 1995. It became the most successful record in the Polydor label’s history. John Leckie’s net worth is estimated to be $6 million USD, with his principal sources of income being an audio engineer, engineer, record producer, and composer. We don’t have enough information on John Leckie’s cars or his style of life.

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