The musician first acted with the British legend in the mid-1970s and went on to play on several of the singer’s best-loved songs.
#DavidBowie‘s longtime drummer Dennis Davis, who displayed on records such as “Heroes” and Ashes To Ashes, has died from cancer three months after the singer.
The pair’s moving relationship started when the musician played on the registration of Young Americans in 1975.
Davis then proceeded on to play on Bowie’s famous Berlin records; Low, Heroes, and Lodger.
He also worked percussion for Bowie on his live rounds in 1976 and 1978.
His death confirmed in a statement on Facebook by Bowie producer Tony Visconti, who described him as “one of the most creative drummers I have ever run with.”
“He appeared into David Bowie’s life when we recorded some extra tracks for Young Americans and stayed with us within Scary Monsters and beyond.
“He was a disciplined jazz drummer who cut into Rock with a Jazz sensibility.
“Listen to the drum pauses on Blackout from the Heroes album. He had a conga drum as part of his set up, and he made it sound like two musicians were working drums and congas.
“By Scary Monsters he was working parts that were unthinkable, but they fit in so perfectly.
“His sense of humor was wonderful. As an ex-member of the US Air Force, he told us stories of seeing a smashed UFO first hand by accidentally walking through an illegal hanger.
“There wish never be another drummer, human being and friend like Dennis, a mysterious man.”
Bowie moved away on 10 January after meaning diagnosed with cancer.
His son Duncan Jones spent tribute to Davis on Twitter: “Very sad to hear about the passing of Dennis Davis, dads drummer from past days. Always be thankful for his patience trying to teach me to drum.”
And guitarist Carlos Alomar, who too acted with Bowie for decades, wrote: “#heartbroken#lifelong friend & Bowie’s D.A.M. Trio member-@DennisDavis has crossed on. Sympathies to his family, wife & children .., RIP.”
Davis also worked with Stevie Wonder, on albums comprising Journey Within The Secret Life Of Plants and Hotter Than July; with Iggy Pop on The Idiot; and on albums with George Benson, Jermaine Jackson, and Roy Ayers.
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