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Tony Visconti

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Through his acclaimed use David Bowie and T. Rex, amongst others, Tony Visconti surfaced among the most important producers from the glam rock and roll era. Blessed in Brooklyn, NY, he started playing the ukulele at age five, understanding how to browse music before picking right up your guitar as a teenager. After quitting senior high school at age 15, Visconti performed the Catskills circuit within a music group known as Ricardo & the Latineers, ultimately becoming among the best guitarists on the brand new York City golf club scene. Upon becoming a member of a lounge work dubbed the Speedy Garfin Music group, he toured the Southwest, accompanied by a stint within the revitalized Crewcuts; while carrying out in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he fulfilled his potential wife and carrying out partner Siegrid, coming back with her to NEW YORK. As Tony & Siegrid, the duo debuted in 1967 with the neighborhood hit solitary “Long Locks”; after their second work, “Up Right here,” bombed, Visconti was provided the positioning of house maker using the Richmond Corporation label. Upon collaborating with English maker Denny Cordell on the program for Georgie Popularity, Visconti relocated to London in 1968; there he created T. Rex’s second LP, Prophets, Seers & Sages, adopted a year later on by Bowie’s Space Oddity. Although use performers including Badfinger, the Strawbs, and Mild Giant adopted through the early years of another 10 years, Bowie and T. Rex continued to be the two works to whose fates Visconti was inextricably linked. For Bowie, he helmed albums like the Guy Who Sold the entire world, Diamond Canines, and the wonderful Young People in america; for T. Rex he created the back-to-back classics Electric powered Warrior as well as the Slider. Although frontman Marc Bolan’s 1977 loss of life brought T. Rex’s profession to some tragic halt, Visconti continuing dealing with Bowie because the 10 years drew to some close, collaborating within the so-called “Berlin trilogy” of Low, Heroes, and Lodger. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), from 1980, was their last main joint venture. Because the ’80s dawned, Visconti extended into fresh musical territory, creating albums for performers ranging from previous Yes frontman Jon Anderson (Computer animation) towards the post-punk music group the Boomtown Rats (Mondo Bongo and V Deep) to fresh wavers Altered Pictures (Bite). Because the 10 years advanced, he helmed the Moody Blues’ 1986 return record The Additional Side of Existence, launching the strike “Your Wildest Dreams”; other albums using the venerable group adopted, as well as the Moodies continued to be his primary concentrate for the rest of the 10 years. Although Visconti’s presence and influence had been diminished with the ’90s, his previous triumphs continued to be a formative motivation behind a variety of modern performers, a legacy recognized when ex-Stone Roses guitarist John Squire tapped him to create 1997’s DO-IT-YOURSELF, the debut from Squire’s brand-new music group the Seahorses. That calendar year, he also caused Sparks on Plagiarism. Visconti proved helpful quietly and progressively through the entire 2000s, amassing an extraordinary discography by dealing with both cult performers and emerging serves. In 2001, he caused Prefab Sprout over the Gunman & Various other Tales, and in 2002, he reunited with David Bowie for Heathen, that was implemented the next calendar year by Truth. Also in 2003, he created L’Avventura by Dean & Britta. Another calendar year brought Hugh Cornwell’s Beyond Elysian Areas and Manic Road Preachers’ Lifeblood, but Ringleader from the Tormentors, his 2006 record with Morrissey, brought him probably the most interest he’d acquired in years. He continuing to utilize Kristeen Youthful and Alejandro Escovedo — he do multiple information with each — and he also created albums for Semi Precious Weaponry, Richard Barone, and Kaiser Chiefs. Despite all of this, Bowie continued to be his most prominent collaborator, as well as the pair done THE VERY NEXT DAY, the singer’s 2013 return. Visconti also created Blackstar, the 2016 record that ended up being Bowie’s last.

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Full Name Tony Visconti
Date Of Birth April 24, 1944
Profession Singer, Music Producer, Music Arranger
Nationality American
Spouse May Pang, Mary Hopkin
Children Jessica Lee Morgan, Sebastian Visconti, Morgan Visconti, Lara Visconti
Parents Anthony Visconti, Josephine Visconti
Awards Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album
Music Songs Hunger Sucks, I Remember Brooklyn, Clorrisa, Mope-Itty Mope Stomp, The Man Who Sold the World, Lady Stardust, Let Me Cast Your Chart, Moonage Daydream, The Supermen, Middle of Your Heart, Inventory, Skinny Rose, What a Dilemma, The Cabaret Is Over, Dance Children Dance, Five Years, Saviour Machine, Let's Grow a Little Garden, Bodhi Tree, Nothing Can Be Very Wrong, Hello, Scenescof, I Can't Help It, Speak to Me of Love, Life On Mars?, Conasuela, All The Madmen, Black Country Rock, Field of Heather, It Feels Like Death, Now that the Baby is Coming, Wholetone
Albums The Man Who Sold The World (Live In London), Viscont's Inventory


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1 Has produced or co-produced many albums for David Bowie on and off for the past 35 years.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
David Bowie: Lazarus 2016 Video short music producer / musician: strings
David Bowie: Blackstar 2015 Video short music producer / musician: strings
The Beat Beneath My Feet 2014 music supervisor
City Slacker 2012 song co-producer
Knock Off 1998 conductor - uncredited / orchestrator - uncredited
Star Cops 1987 TV Mini-Series composer - 4 episodes
Breaking Glass 1980 music arranger / music director / music producer / musician: bass, violin and keyboards
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 1973 Documentary music producer - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nunca es tarde 2016 TV Series producer - 1 episode
David Bowie: Lazarus 2016 Video short producer: "Lazarus"
David Bowie: Blackstar 2015 Video short producer: "Blackstar"
Paris à tout prix 2013 producer: "Fashion"
Where the Dogs Divide Her 2011 producer: "Everybody Wants Me To Cry", "Lily Sincere", "Life's Not Short"
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Criminal Minds 2007 TV Series producer - 1 episode
A Knight's Tale 2001 "Golden Years"
Black Rain 1989 producer: "SINGING IN THE SHOWER"
Slaves of New York 1989 producer: "Tongue Dance"
The Karate Kid Part II 1986 producer: "Rock and Roll Over You"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
David Bowie: No Plan 2017 Video short producer
David Bowie: Blackstar 2015 Video short producer

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Born to Boogie 1972 sound recordist

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Legends 2011 TV Series documentary archivist - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Marc Bolan: The Final Word 2007 TV Movie documentary acknowledgment: archive supplied by

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
David Bowie: The Last Five Years 2017 Documentary Himself
Six O'Clock News 2016 TV Series Himself
Music Moguls: Masters of Pop 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Never Turn Your Back on Sparks 2014 Documentary Himself
David Bowie: Five Years 2013 Documentary Himself, co-producer 'Young Americans'
The Mind of a Leader I Based on Niccolò Machiavelli's 'The Prince' 2011 TV Series documentary 2011
Legends 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
The Mind of a Leader II Based on Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War' 2011 TV Series documentary
Marc Bolan: The Final Word 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2005-2007 TV Series Himself
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Cosmic Rock: When T.Rex Ruled the World 2005 Video documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest Musicals 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Top Ten 2000-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Howard Stern Show 1990 TV Series Himself
International Battle of the Pop Bands 1983 TV Movie Himself
Tattletales 1976 TV Series Himself
Colour Me Pop 1968 TV Series Himself - Producer

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