Tony Visconti
American record producer
Tony Visconti
Anthony Edward Visconti is an American record producer and sometimes a musician or singer. Since the late 1960s, he has worked with an array of performers; his lengthiest involvement with any artist is with David Bowie: intermittently from Bowie's 1969 album Space Oddity to 2003's Reality, Visconti has produced and occasionally performed on many of Bowie's albums.
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David Bowie Posthumously Sweeps Through Five Grammy Categories
Huffington Post - 15 days
The late David Bowie was honored at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night as the artist swept through all five categories he was posthumously nominated for.   Bowie won for Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. All of the awards were related to his album “Blackstar,” which was released just days before the singer died of liver cancer in January of last year.  Oddly enough, Bowie had never won a Grammy for his music before Sunday. During his lifetime, he was nominated for 12 Grammys, but only ever won for Best Short-Form Video back in 1985. In 2006, the Recording Academy also awarded Bowie with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Bowie wrote and recorded “Blackstar” during the final months of his life as he was secretly struggling with the cancer that would eventually take his life. Tony Visconti, Bowie’s collaborator and “Blackstar” producer, said Bowie created the albu ...
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Two Of David Bowie's Final Studio Recordings Have Just Been Released
Huffington Post - 4 months
Two new David Bowie songs were played on BBC Radio on Wednesday, and both tracks are now streaming on the organization’s website. “When I Met You” can be heard here, starting at 51:20. “No Plan” can be heard here at 46:20. The two songs ― and a third one, “Killing A Little Time” ― were written by Bowie for his musical “Lazarus.” They will be included on the cast recording and debuts next week, according to Rolling Stone. The record will also feature the song “Lazarus,” which was featured on Bowie’s “Blackstar” album and released just before the pop star’s death in January at the age of 69.  These tracks were co-produced by Bowie and longtime collaborator Tony Visconti, and recorded with Donny McCaslin and his quartet, the band featured on “Blackstar.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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The Trouble With Trump (And Everything Else)
Huffington Post - 5 months
The Trouble with Trump. Here is my post on the debate for Billmoyers. com, "The GOP is MIA" Here are my most recent Nation Columns: 1) It's Time for Newspapers to Abandon Unsigned Editorials 2) 'Normalizing' Trump 3) The New Anti-Trump Blame Game Alter-reviews: 1) Jazz@Lincoln Center piano celebration: The season-opener for this year's schedule by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis was called "HANDFUL OF KEYS: A CENTURY OF JAZZ PIANO." The program ranged in age from Dick Hyman, who is a spry 89, and the amazing Joey Alexander who is now 13 but who has been amazing for four years already. Dan Nimmer, who is the regularly amazing pianist for the orchestra began the show and was followed by Helen Sung, Isaiah J. Thompson, Myra Melford, and Larry Willis, along with the above. there. It was an inventive program--Wynton's father, Ellis Marsalis is a pianist and a much beloved teacher in New Orleans and the son of a jazz pianist himself. The co ...
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And The First Anchor Award Goes To...
Huffington Post - 5 months
Just a short time ago, the music industry debuted its latest prestigious award, and while that may at times seem like the last thing that's necessary for an already self-congratulatory business, this one has a noble purpose, and it has the potential to become something really special. The Anchor Award was born out of the Reeperbahn Festival, a blended conference and new music discovery event hosted in Hamburg, Germany. Reeperbahn, which is named for the area of town where the majority of the festivities take place, is one of the best festivals in Europe for uncovering great new talent before the rest of the world catches on, and now with the Anchor Award, there's a way to further those artists that seem ready to rise to the next level. The Anchor Award highlighted just eight unique, talented, stand-out names from the dozens of bands that played in Hamburg over the past few days, and from that small pool, one act was declared the winner. A jury of six music industry bigwigs inc ...
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South By Southwest 2016: The bands and ideas that truly stood out
Chicago Times - 11 months
Can there be such a thing as too much music? The South by Southwest Music Conference, which concluded Sunday, gave pause to even the thousands of industry insiders who attended. Tony Visconti, David Bowie's longtime producer, said the glut of music that can be found on YouTube is "clogging the...
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This Final Photo Of David Bowie Will Put A Huge Smile On Your Face
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Some of David Bowie's final moments looked like sheer bliss.  The legend posed for longtime friend and photographer Jimmy King as promo for his final album, "Blackstar," and one of those photos was posted to Instagram Friday in celebration of the singer's 69th birthday. It's unknown exactly when the photos were taken. Dressed in a sharp Thom Browne suit and hat, Bowie looks exuberant and joyful.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID BOWIE AND ★ “That’s the message that I sent...” Why is this man so happy? Is it because it‘s his 69th birthday or that he has released his 28th studio album today and it’s a corker? Who knows, but we’re sure you’ll want to join us in congratulating him on both. Many happy returns of the day to David Bowie and ★ (Fashion fans may like to note that our man is wearing Thom Browne) #Blackstar #imablackstar #BlackstarAlbum #BowieBirthday #BowieBrowne A photo posted by David Bowie (@davidbowie) on Jan 7, 2016 at 10:20pm PST Bowie died Sunday af ...
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'He always did what he wanted to do': David Bowie's peers react to his death
LATimes - about 1 year
News of David Bowie's death at 69 stunned people around the world when it was announced late Sunday, including some who'd been warned it was coming. "I knew for a year this is the way it would be," wrote Bowie's longtime producer, Tony Visconti, in a widely shared Facebook post. "I wasn't, however,...
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'He always did what he wanted to do': David Bowie's peers react to his death
LATimes - about 1 year
News of David Bowie's death at 69 stunned people around the world when it was announced late Sunday, including some who'd been warned it was coming. "I knew for a year this is the way it would be," wrote Bowie's longtime producer, Tony Visconti, in a widely shared Facebook post. "I wasn't, however,...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tony Visconti
  • 2016
    Age 71
    Visconti produced Bowie's final album,Blackstar, released on January 8, 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 70
    In 2015 and 2016 he toured the UK, Japan and the East Coast of the USA with the Bowie tribute band Holy Holy, playing the album in its entirety and other early Bowie classics, along with the album's original drummer Woody Woodmansey and other well known musicians.
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  • 2014
    Age 69
    In 2014 Visconti produced and arranged several tracks on Marc Almond's album The Dancing Marquis.
    More Details Hide Details Almond has wanted to work with Visconti since hearing some of Visconti's earliest production work with T-Rex and David Bowie, stating "It was a dream to work with Tony".
  • 2013
    Age 68
    In 2013, he produced Solar Secrets by Capsula.
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  • 2009
    Age 64
    He produced and mixed Kristeen Young album Music for Strippers, Hookers, and the Odd On-Looker, released in 2009 and arranged Fall Out Boy album Folie à Deux. 2010 marked the release of Richard Barone's Visconti-produced Glow album, which includes five songs co-written with Barone and a remake of T.
    More Details Hide Details Rex's Girl. He also played bass on the album and performed live in concert with Barone on numerous occasions. Visconti produced the David Bowie album, The Next Day, and remixed and remastered both The Slider anniversary box set (Demon UK) and Electric Warrior 40th anniversary boxed set (Universal UK) by T. Rex.
  • 2008
    Age 63
    He has also produced two albums at Saint Claire Recording Studio in Lexington, Kentucky: The Bright Lights of America (RCA) by Pittsburgh punk band Anti-Flag and an album by Alejandro Escovedo called Real Animal (Manhattan Records) released in June 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He produced the new No. 1 album (in France) by French artist Raphael in Paris and New York.
  • 2007
    Age 62
    In 2007 and 2008, Visconti was very active in the studio with Benin singer Angélique Kidjo, producing her Grammy-winning album Djin Djin (Razor & Tie).
    More Details Hide Details Guests artists include Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Joss Stone, Josh Groban and Carlos Santana.
    His autobiography, Bowie, Bolan and The Brooklyn Boy, was published in February 2007 by Harper Collins UK.
    More Details Hide Details The imported soft cover version is now available in the United States. The book has been translated into French by Jérôme Soligny as Tony Visconti Bowie, Bolan et le Gamin de Brooklyn, published by Tournon.
  • 2005
    Age 60
    In 2005, he collaborated with Copenhagen band Kashmir, whose fifth album, No Balance Palace, featured David Bowie.
    More Details Hide Details He has also collaborated as co-writer and producer on the album project by Richard Barone. He worked in Rome and produced the #1 UK album by Morrissey, Ringleader of the Tormentors.
  • 2004
    Age 59
    In 2004, he produced three songs on the Manic Street Preachers album Lifeblood.
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  • 2003
    Age 58
    In 2003 he teamed up with the Finn Brothers (Neil and Tim of Crowded House and Split Enz fame) to record and produce their second collaborative album, eventually released in 2004.
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    He produced and played bass on a handful of tracks from The Dandy Warhols 2003 album Welcome to the Monkey House.
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  • 2002
    Age 57
    In the 2000s (decade), Visconti renewed his association with David Bowie, producing the albums Heathen in 2002, and Reality in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details These two albums hark back to his Berlin production work with Bowie.
  • 1997
    Age 52
    In 1997, Visconti produced the debut album of The Stone Roses member John Squire's new band, The Seahorses entitled Do It Yourself.
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  • 1990
    Age 45
    In 1990, he produced several tracks on the Moody Blues' Keys of the Kingdom album (1991), Luscious Jackson's Electric Honey, Leisure Noise by Gay Dad, Soul Caddy for Cherry Poppin' Daddies and Dawn of Ananda for Annie Haslam.
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  • 1989
    Age 44
    He married for a third time, in 1989, to May Pang, with whom he had two children, Sebastian and Lara, before divorcing in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Visconti played bass on David Bowie's 1970 album The Man Who Sold the World.
  • 1973
    Age 28
    He did orchestral arrangements (but not the production) for Paul McCartney and Wings' 1973 album Band on the Run.
    More Details Hide Details Visconti would produce two full albums for the Moody Blues, The Other Side of Life (1986), and Sur La Mer (1988).
  • 1971
    Age 26
    After divorcing his first wife Siegrid, Visconti married Mary Hopkin in 1971 before divorcing in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details The pair have two children, musicians Jessica Lee Morgan and Morgan Visconti.
  • 1968
    Age 23
    Visconti then became in-house producer for his publisher, the Richmond Organization. Through this, he met British producer Denny Cordell in 1968 while he was working as Richmond's in-house music producer.
    More Details Hide Details Cordell asked him to assist in recordings for successful jazz vocalist Georgie Fame. Visconti moved to London—in a move that would soon become career-defining. One of his first production projects in England was with the Welsh group The Iveys (later known as Badfinger). He produced several tracks for the band's first LP Maybe Tomorrow, released on The Beatles' Apple label. The title track from this album was released as a single. More early production work on the album My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows for the British outfit Tyrannosaurus Rex (later to become T. Rex) began a relationship with T. Rex that would last for their next seven albums. One of Visconti's greatest successes was Electric Warrior, the album that made T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan a superstar and cemented Visconti's producing prowess. He produced the first two albums by influential progressive rock band Gentle Giant. Shortly afterwards, Visconti began to work with David Bowie and, along with guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer John Cambridge, formed and toured with the band The Hype in which he played bass. Although the band name would be very short-lived, the line-up persisted and would go on to record the seminal album and single The Man Who Sold the World in 1970. He would further go on to work on the albums Diamond Dogs (1974), Young Americans (1975), Low (1977), "Heroes" (1977), Lodger (1979), Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980), "The Next Day" (2013) and "Blackstar" (2016).
  • 1960
    Age 15
    After leaving school he played guitar in a band called Ricardo & the Latineers in the Catskills; the band also included Artie Butler, later a leading arranger. In 1960 he played his first recording session, and over the next few years became one of the leading guitarists in New York nightclubs.
    More Details Hide Details He played in lounge acts including the Ned Harvey band, and the Speedy Garfin Band, before joining a touring version of The Crew-Cuts, where he met his future wife. As Tony and Siegrid, the pair released two singles; the first, "Long Hair", was a regional hit in New York in 1966, but they could not maintain its success.
  • 1944
    Born on April 24, 1944.
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