Paul Buckmaster, '70s String Arranger for Bowie, Elton, and Others, Dead at 71

From the interstellar arrangements in David Bowie's "Space Oddity" to the syrupy strings of Harry Nilsson's "Without You," Paul Buckmaster's work helped define classic rock radio.

The classically trained cellist has died at the age of 71.

Buckmaster got his break into the rock world with Bowie's first hit. But he'd go on to work with a huge range of artists, including Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Leonard Cohen, and Carly Simon.

Impressed by his arrangements, Miles Davis even collaborated with Buckmaster on the funk-jazz fusion album On The Corner. Later in his career, Buckmaster would work with Guns N' Roses and Taylor Swift.

Listen to some of his best known work below.

David Bowie - "Space Oddity"
Elton John - "Tiny Dancer"
Harry Nilsson - "Without You"
Carly Simon - "You're So Vain"
Leonard Cohen - "Last Year's Man"

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