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Tony Thompson (drummer)

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Three days earlier than his forty ninth birthday, Thompson died on November 12, 2003 in Los Angeles, inside a month of being recognized with renal cell carcinoma (kidney most cancers),[1] and two months after the loss of life of the Power Station bandmate Robert Palmer from a coronary heart assault. Thompson was a member of the band Non-Toxic on the time of his loss of life. He was survived by his spouse, two youngsters, and his sister, Cookie. On September 19, 2005 like his former band member Bernard Edwards, Thompson was honoured posthumously together with the remainder of the Chic band members by being inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

Thompson went on to affix teams such because the Distance and Crown of Thorns with Jean Beauvoir (enjoying on their first album Crown of Thorns earlier than leaving the band and subsequently changed by Hawk Lopez). Thompson was additionally a founding member of the band That Hideous Strength. In the mid Nineteen Nineties he rejoined Power Station for his or her 1996 reunion album Living in Fear and subsequent tour. Thompson’s closing mission was known as Non-Toxic which he shaped with bassist Michael Paige (Crown of Thorns) and guitarist Dave Scott; Thompson died earlier than ending the mission’s first album.

Thompson was additionally a member of the band the Power Station together with Robert Palmer, and John Taylor and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran. The Live Aid charity profit live performance in 1985 noticed Thompson filling in and enjoying with the Power Station in addition to becoming a member of the remaining members of Led Zeppelin on stage (together with Phil Collins) at John F. Kennedy Stadium. Page, Plant and Jones then invited Thompson in England for rehearsals for a Led Zeppelin reunion which was canceled by Jimmy Page after Thompson was badly injured in a automotive crash.

Following the momentary disbanding of Chic in 1983, Chic’s former guitarist and bassist, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards turned prolific producers, and Thompson’s drumming was a lot in demand amongst their shoppers. Thompson appeared with quite a few artists corresponding to Jody Watley, Madonna (on her 1984 album Like a Virgin), Rod Stewart, Robert Palmer and David Bowie.

Thompson first drummed for the group Labelle, after which for a short time was a member of the soul/disco band Ecstasy, Passion & Pain. This was adopted by an extended tenure with Chic, the place he helped create hits corresponding to “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah),” “Le Freak,” and “Good Times”. He additionally carried out with members of Chic on “We Are Family” and “He’s the Greatest Dancer” by Sister Sledge and “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross.

Thompson was raised within the middle-class group of Springfield Gardens, in Queens, New York, New York.[1] His mom was Trinidadian and father was of Antiguan descent.

Anthony Terrence Thompson (November 15, 1954 – November 12, 2003) was an American session drummer greatest often known as the drummer of the Power Station and a member of Chic.

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