Bowie associates through the years
Interested in finding out more information about people Bowie
has associated with in his music, private and public lives? People
who have had an influence or have been influenced by Bowie? This
cohorts page will slowly grow to include people
who have been linked to Bowie in various ways over his career.
Note: indicates that there is a World Wide Web
link for this cohort.
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Alford: Bowie drummer on the Outside tour and Earthling album. Previously was the
drummer for the B-52s (see the Loveshack video), and also played
with Billy Joel on River of Dreams and with Bruce
- Carlos Alomar:
Longtime Bowie rhythm guitarist who first linked up with Bowie in
1974, co-wrote Fame, and
continued through to 1987, then appeared again on the Outside album in 1995.
Laurie Anderson: Singer and songwriter of O Superman, which Bowie & band
covered during the Dublin Earthling
Armstrong: guitarist who played with Tin Machine on
their 1989 tour, and also was on Iggy Pop's Blah Blah Blah album.
- Dennis Davis:
Drummer who performed with Bowie starting on the Station To Station album, and
continuing through Scary
- Tony DeFries:
Legendary and infamous Bowie manager from the early 1970s. Formed
the Mainman company around Bowie's successful Ziggy Stardust
through Diamond Dogs period before eventually parting ways with
Bowie during Young Americans (although DeFries' agreements
remained in effect for many years afterward earning him a tidy
- Marius de
Vries: Producer, programmer and remixer who worked on
the single mix of Survive, released
Dorsey: Bass player who joined Bowie's band
beginning with the 1995 Outside tour.
- Scott Engel:
Original birthname (and songwriting name) of Scott Walker.
Brian Eno: Member of Roxy Music, later sonic
collaborator on the Berlin trilogy and producer of the Outside
Reeves Gabrels: Bowie's lead guitarist
and co-writer of many songs since 1988, starting with Tin
Gallagher: guitarist on the Marius deVries remix of Survive.
Gardiner: Guitarist on the Low album, co-writer of Neighbourhood
Threat David Bowie and Iggy Pop, and also toured on the Idiot
tour with Bowie and Iggy Pop in 1977.
Mike Garson: Keyboard player for Bowie, best
known for his work on the Aladdin
Sane album, and then later again on the Outside tour and Earthling tour
Lisa Germano: musician and vocalist to
appear on Bowie's album of remade 60's songs.
- Philip Glass:
Modern classical composer who reworked songs from the Low and
"Heroes" albums into his own Low Symphony and "Heroes"
Goldie: Drum and bass proponent who
collaborated with Bowie for one song on his album Saturnz Return,
released in 1998
- Emm Gryner:
Backing vocalist on the mini-tour for 'hours...'
Elton John: Glam rock icon of the early
70's (although Bowie's relationship with John seems to
have been icy). Performed Love
Song on his 1971 Tumbleweed album.
- Tony Kaye:
keyboardist on the Station To
Station tour. Previously a founding member of the band Yes,
from 1969-1972 and again from 1982-1995.
Kizilcay: Multi-talented musician and co-credited writer
on some tracks with Bowie starting with Never Let Me Down, and
most recently including Outside.
Kraftwerk: German electronic band which
inspired much of the Low trilogy.
Lenny Kravitz: Provided guitar for one track
on The Buddha Of
- Will Lee: bass
guitarist on the Labyrinth
soundtrack. Probably best known as the bass player for David
Letterman's talk show band.
John Lennon: Original member of The Beatles,
and of course one of the most famous popular musicians of all
time. Murdered in New York City in 1980. Co-wrote Fame with Bowie and Carlos Alomar in
1975 and also supplied Across The
Universe for the same album.
- Gerry Leonard:
guitarist with Duncan Sheik who plays on one track of the Toy
- Mike Levesque:
Drummer on the 'hours...'
- Sean Mayes:
keyboardist with Bowie on the 1978 Heroes tour and subsequent Stage and Lodger albums. Mayes died in
1995, but his tour notes and memories were later translated into
the 1999 We Can Be
Heroes book which documents the 1978 tour as well as the
recording of the Lodger album.
- Sid McGinnis:
guitarist on the Never Let Me
Down album. Probably best known as the guitarist for David
Letterman's talk show band.
Freddie Mercury: Lead vocalist for the rock
group Queen. Died of AIDS in 1991?.
David sang at his tribute concert.
Moby: Electronica pioneer who remixed Bowie's
Dead Man Walking single in
1997 as well as kept up a close relationship with Bowie in the New York
Moody Blues: Classic English rock group who
provided the song Go Now which Tin
Machine covered during their 1991 tour.
Morrissey: Ex-singer with The Smiths.
Provided I Know It's Gonna
Happen Someday for David's Black Tie White Noise album, and
also toured with Bowie on the UK leg of the Outside tour.
- George Murray:
Bass player who performed with Bowie starting on the Station To Station album, and
continuing through Scary
Osterberg: Original name of Iggy Pop.
- Tony Oursler:
Artist responsible for the projected video images on dummies head
used in the Little
Wonder video and also during Bowie's Earthling tour.
- Holly Palmer:
Backing vocalist on Thursday's
Child and the mini-tour for 'hours...'.
- Guy Peellaert:
Belgian artist who created the original artwork for the Diamond Dogs album.
Pet Shop Boys: Remixed single version of Hallo Spaceboy.
The Pixies: Late 80's popular band,
fronted by Frank Black,
and a favourite of Bowie's. Tin Machine would often cover the
Pixie's song Debaser during
their live concerts.
Placebo: Support band for much of the summer
European leg of the Earthling tour
and also at the 50th birthday concert.
Also dueted with Bowie on stage at their 199 New York
- Mark Plati:
Coproducer of the Earthling
album, together with cowriting credits, remixes and various edits
of the Bowie songs.
Iggy Pop: Superstar rock artist. First
associated with Bowie when David produced Iggy and the
Stooge's Raw Power album. Later worked with Bowie on Lust for
Life and The Idiot during the Berlin years (1977-79), and again
with Blah Blah Blah in 1986.
Prick: Industrial band that opened for Bowie
on the Outside tour.
- Hunt Sales:
Drummer (and son of Soupy Sales) for Tin Machine.
- Tony Sales:
Bassist (and son of Soupy Sales) for Tin Machine.
Schwartz: Musical director and keyboardist for most of
the Outside Tour. Also musical
director and keyboardist for the Black Tie White Noise
promotional tour in 1993. Has also worked with Madonna, Enya,
Hanson and Pet Shop Boys.
- Ken Scott: Producer
of Bowie's Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups albums.
Sigismondi: Director of Bowie's Little Wonder and Dead Man Walking videos (as
well as being famous for Marilyn Manson's The Beautiful
- George Simms:
Backing vocalist on the Serious
- George Simms:
Backing vocalist on the Outside
Tour, and also the Serious
- Earl Slick: Lead
guitarist on two of the tracks on Young Americans and all of Station To Station, as well as
guitarist on the 1974 Diamond Dogs
Tour and 1983 Serious Moonlight
Bruce Springsteen: Rock legend, who Bowie
met in the early/mid 70's, and which resulted in Bowie
covering two Springsteen songs Growing Up and It's Hard To Be A Saint In THe
- Walter Stern:
Music video director who directed Bowie's Thursday's Child video from the 'hours...' album. Previously
worked with Massive Attack, Madonna, Moby and The Prodigy.
- Steve Strange:
Eighties rock star in Visage (best known for their hit
Fade to Grey) and one of the actors in Bowie's
groundbreaking video Ashes To
The Velvet Underground: Proto punk band in
the late 60's, early 70's which greatly influenced Bowie,
especially lead singer Lou
- Tony Visconti:
Perhaps the most famous Bowie producer, responsible for many of
Bowie's 70s albums. Also played bass on some recordings and a
number of live performances.
Scott Walker: Singer/songwriter who
prospered in the UK mostly in the 1960's (songwriting name
given as his birthname Scott Engel). One of Bowie's
favourites, with Bowie doing a cover of his song Nite Flights in 1993.
The Who: Mega British rock band fronted by
guitarist and song writer Pete
Townshend. One of David's inspirations, leading him to
cover I Can't Explain on the
Woodmansey: Drummer in the Spiders from Mars.
This document last updated Tuesday, 02-Sep-2003 01:39:52 EDT