Tony Thompson (musician)

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Tony Thompson (born November 15, 1954 in Queens , New York , † November 12, 2003 in Encino , California ) was an American drummer .

He was initially a member of Patti LaBelle's 70s band Labelle , then briefly with Ecstasy Passion & Pain , and finally a long-term member of the legendary disco band Chic . There he was jointly responsible for hits like “Le Freak” and “Good Times”.

After the temporary dissolution of Chic , his band colleagues Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards worked increasingly as producers from 1983. Thompson has appeared on many of her productions as a studio drummer, including for Rodgers on albums by David Bowie ( Let's Dance , 1983), Madonna ( Like a Virgin , 1984) and Mick Jagger ( She's The Boss , 1985) and for Edwards on Robert Palmers Riptide (1985), Jody Watley's Jody Watley (1987) and Rod Stewart's Out of Order (1988).

Thompson's special, hard drum sound can be heard, for example, on Robert Palmer's single Addicted To Love (from Riptide ) and as the intro to the single Some like it hot on the album "The Power Station" by the band of the same name, also produced in 1985 by Bernard Edwards he belonged along with John and Andy Taylor (of Duran Duran ) and Robert Palmer. In 2016, Rolling Stone listed him 62nd of the 100 best drummers of all time .

At the 1985 Live Aid concert, Thompson performed with both The Power Station and Led Zeppelin , along with Phil Collins .

Tony Thompson died of kidney cancer at the age of 48 .

Individual evidence

  1. 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time. Rolling Stone , March 31, 2016, accessed August 6, 2017 .