Ramblings of Silver Blue

14 Nov

Another Music Legend Gone

LOS ANGELES, California (Billboard) — Session drummer Tony Thompson, who worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Debbie Harry and Rod Stewart, died Wednesday in Encino, California. He was 48. He had undergone surgery for renal-cell cancer earlier this year.

Thompson established himself with the hit-making ’70s funk group Chic. Following the act’s breakup in 1981, he became an in-demand session drummer, also recording behind such stars as Sister Sledge, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Duran Duran and the late Robert Palmer, among others.

In 1985 — the same year he drummed with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin at Live Aid — Thompson joined Palmer and John and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran in the Power Station. The band’s self-titled album was certified platinum for U.S. shipments of 1 million copies by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Fans can make donations in Thompson’s honor via the TonyThompsonfund.com (http://www.tonythompsonfund.com) Web site.

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