Paul John Buckmaster (13 June 1946 – 7 November 2017) was a Grammy Award-winning British artist, arranger, conductor and composer.
|Birth name||Paul John Buckmaster|
|Born||13 June 1946|
|Died||7 November 2017(aged 71)|
|Genres||Classical, rock, pop, social music, country, film score|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger, film composer, conductor|
He is best known for his orchestral collaborations with David Bowie, Elton John, Harry Nilsson, The Rolling Stones, Carly Simon, Shawn Phillips and Miles Davis in the 1970s, followed by his contributions to the recordings of many other artists, including Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Rogers, Guns N’ Roses, Taylor Swift, Train, and Heart.
Paul Buckmaster was born in London on 13 June 1946. His father, John, was a British-born actor, and his mother, Ermengilda Maltese, was a concert pianist and a graduate of the Naples Conservatory of Music.
At age four, Buckmaster started attending a small private school in London called the London Violoncello School, and continued studying cello under several private teachers until he was ten. In 1957, his mother took him and his two siblings to Naples, where he auditioned with cello professor Willy La Volpe, to be assessed as eligible for a scholarship. From 1958 to 1962 he divided his time between studying music in Naples and working for his GCEs in London, then won a scholarship to study the cello at the Royal Academy of Music, from which he graduated with a performance diploma in 1967.
Buckmaster displayed professional mastery as a cellist. However, he soon started his career as an orchestral arranger on various hit songs, including David Bowie's "Space Oddity" (1969), and contributed orchestral collaborations on a number of early albums by Elton John (1969–72), and on The Rolling Stones' album Sticky Fingers (1971). Buckmaster also helped Miles Davis with the preparation of On the Corner (1972). He wrote the arrangements for the studio sessions, in which he also participated, at Davis' request, by humming bass lines and rhythms to lead the musicians. The arrangements he wrote were often used as a starting point to be transformed until what was being played bore no resemblance to what he had written. This was in keeping with the Stockhausian approach that Buckmaster had been discussing with Davis in the weeks leading up to the session.
Buckmaster also played with Bowie and his band in the recordings for the original soundtrack to the science fiction film The Man Who Fell to Earth, in which David Bowie starred as Thomas Jerome Newton. Buckmaster himself told in the book 60 Years of Bowie that he had played cello on the original soundtrack recordings, on which Carlos Alomar, J. Peter Robinson and others were also included. Buckmaster: "There were a couple of medium tempo rock instrumental pieces, with simple motifs and rifly kind of grooves, with a line-up of David's rhythm section (Carlos Alomar et al.) plus J Peter Robinson on Fender Rhodes and me on cello and some synth overdubs, using ARP Odyssey and Solina. There was also a piece I wrote and performed using some beautifully made mbiras (African thumb pianos) I had purchased earlier that year, plus cello, all done by multiple overdubbing." Later film-director Nicolas Roeg decided not to use the recordings but existing songs as soundtrack for the movie.
Buckmaster also wrote some instrumental tracks for the 1974 Harry Nilsson film Son of Dracula, and composed the original score for Terry Gilliam's science fiction hit 12 Monkeys (Universal, 1995), which starred Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt.
Buckmaster won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for Drops of Jupiter.
|Selected discography by Paul Buckmaster|
|2016||Kelly Clarkson||"I Don't Think About You"||Meaning of Life||Arranger/Conductor|
|2016||Max&Friends||"Dove c'è amore"
"Una parte del tutto"
"I See You"
"Language of Love"
|2015||The Tenors||"I Remember You"||Under One Sky||Arranger|
|2014||Ferras feat. Katy Perry||"Legends Never Die"||Ferras||Arranger/Conductor|
|2013||Goo Goo Dolls||"When The World Breaks Your Heart"||Magnetic||Arranger/Conductor|
|2012||Ben Folds Five||"On Being Frank"
"Away When You Were Here"
|The Sound of the Life of the Mind||Arranger/Conductor|
|2010||Taylor Swift||"Back to December"
|2009||Mika||"I See You"||The Boy Who Knew Too Much||Arranger/Conductor|
|2008||Guns N' Roses||"Street of Dreams"
"There Was A Time"
|2007||The Bravery||"The Ocean"||The Sun and the Moon||Arranger/Conductor|
|2007||Mika||"Happy Ending"||Life in Cartoon Motion||Arranger/Conductor|
|2007||Katharine McPhee||"Ordinary World"||Katharine McPhee||Arranger/Conductor|
|2007||Michael Bublé||"Lost"||Call Me Irresponsible||Arranger/Conductor|
|2007||Mig Ayesa||"Baby I Love Your Way"
"Kiss From a Rose"
"Who Wants to Live Forever"
"Can't Find My Home"
"Life on Mars"
"Wrapped Around Your Finger"
|2006||Ben Folds||"Still"||Over the Hedge (Soundtrack)||Arranger/Conductor|
|2006||New Found Glory||"When I Die"
|2006||Kenny Rogers||"Water & Bridges"
|Water & Bridges||Arranger/Conductor|
|2006||Jesse McCartney||"Invincible"||Right Where You Want Me||Arranger/Conductor|
|2006||Bianca Ryan||"Awake"||Bianca Ryan||Arranger/Conductor|
|2005||Bon Jovi||"Wildflower"||Have a Nice Day||Arranger/Conductor|
|2005||Carrie Underwood||"Lessons Learned"
"Starts With Goodbye"
|2005||Ben Folds||"Landed"||Songs for Silverman||Arranger/Conductor|
|2005||The Wallflowers||"Beautiful Side of Somewhere"||Rebel, Sweetheart||Arranger/Conductor|
|2005||The Darkness||"Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time"
|One Way Ticket to Hell... and Back||Arranger/Conductor|
|2005||Nerina Pallot||"Geek Love"
|2004||Keith Urban||"Tonight I Wanna Cry"
"She's Gotta Be"
|2004||Tears for Fears||"Secret World"||Everybody Loves a Happy Ending||Arranger/Conductor|
"It's a Shame"
"Your Every Color"
|My Private Nation||Arranger/Conductor|
|2003||The Thorns||"No Blue Sky"||The Thorns||Arranger/Conductor|
|2003||Something Corporate||"The Runaway"
"Me and the Moon"
|2003||Beth Hart||"I'll Stay With You"||Leave the Light On||Arranger/Conductor|
|2003||Luis Miguel||"Nos Hizo Falta Tiempo"||33||Arranger/Conductor|
|2003||Live||"Run Away"||Birds of Pray||Arranger/Conductor|
|2003||Wilshire||"In Your Arms"
|2002||Faith Hill||"You're Still Here"
"Safest Place to Hide"
|2002||Tim McGraw||"She's My Kind of Rain"||Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors||Arranger/Conductor|
|2002||Something Corporate||"Punk Rock Princess"
"Not What It Seems"
"Globes And Maps"
|Leaving Through the Window||Arranger/Conductor|
|2001||Train||"Drops of Jupiter"||Drops of Jupiter||Arranger/Conductor |
2002 Grammy Winner
Arrangement of the Year
|2001||Elton John||"This Train Don't Stop There Anymore"
"Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes"
"Emperor's New Clothes"
|Songs from the West Coast||Arranger/Conductor|
|2000||No Doubt||"Too Late (Reprise)" (Hidden instrumental track)||Return of Saturn||Arranger/Conductor|
|1999||Julio Iglesias Jr||Under My Eyes||Arranger/Conductor|
|1999||Tal Bachman||"Beside You"
"You're My Everything"
|1999||Lara Fabian||"Sola Otra Vez"||Lara Fabian||Arranger|
|1997||Collective Soul||"She Said"||Scream 2 Soundtrack||Arranger/Conductor/Co-composer|
|1996||Counting Crows||"Daylight Fading"
"I'm Not Sleeping"
"Another Horsedreamer's Blues"
|Recovering the Satellites||Arranger/Conductor|
|1996||Celine Dion||"Falling into You"||Falling into You||Arranger/Conductor|
|Made in England||Composer/Arranger/Conductor|
|1995||The Jayhawks||"Blue"||Tomorrow the Green Grass||Arranger|
|1993||Dwight Yoakam||"Ain't That Lonely Yet"
"Try Not to Look So Pretty"
|This Time||Arranger/Conductor |
1994 Grammy Winner
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
|1992||Lionel Richie||"My Destiny"
"Love, Oh Love"
|Back to Front||Arranger/Conductor|
|1991||Kenny Loggins||"Cody's Song"
"Too Early for the Sun"
|Leap of Faith||Arranger/Conductor|
|1991||Lloyd Cole||Don't Get Weird on Me Babe||Arranger/Conductor|
|1985||Mick Jagger||"Hard Woman"||She's the Boss||Arranger/Conductor|
|1983||Nick Heyward||North of a Miracle||Arranger|
|1983||Stevie Nicks||"Beauty and the Beast"||The Wild Heart||Arranger/Conductor|
|1978||Elton John||A Single Man||Arranger/Conductor|
|1977||Grateful Dead||Terrapin Station||Arranger/Conductor entire Side Two of Album|
|1976||Elton John||Blue Moves||Arranger/Conductor|
|1975||Thijs van Leer||O My Love||Arranger/Conductor|
|1974||Miles Davis||"Ife"||Big Fun||Arranger/Conductor|
|1974||Carly Simon||"Haven't Got Time for the Pain"||Hotcakes||Arranger/Conductor|
|1974||Angelo Branduardi||Angelo Branduardi (Debut LP)||Arranger/Conductor/Producer/Co-Composer|
|1973||Elton John||"Have Mercy on the Criminal"
"Blues for My Baby and Me"
|Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player||Arranger/Conductor|
|1973||Shawn Phillips||"Lady of the Blue Rose"||Bright White||Arranger/Conductor|
|1973||Blood, Sweat & Tears||No Sweat||Arranger/Conductor|
|1972||Miles Davis||On the Corner||Arranger/Conductor|
|1972||Carly Simon||"You're So Vain"||No Secrets||Arranger/Conductor|
|1971||Elton John||"Tiny Dancer"
|Madman Across the Water||Arranger/Conductor/Musical Director (Full Album)|
|1971||Rolling Stones||"Moonlight Mile"
|1971||Leonard Cohen||Songs of Love and Hate||Arranger/Conductor|
|1971||Harry Nilsson||"Without You"||Nilsson Schmilsson||Arranger/Conductor|
"Variations on "Friends" Theme"
|Friends||Arranger/Conductor/Musical Director (Full Album)|
|1971||Rupert Hine||Pick Up a Bone||Arranger/Electric Cello|
|1970||Elton John||Tumbleweed Connection||Arranger/Conductor/Musical Director (Full Album)|
|1970||Elton John||"Your Song"
"The Greatest Discover" (cello Intro)
"Sixty Years On"
|Elton John||Arranger/Conductor/Musical Director (Full Album)|
|1970||Shawn Phillips||"F Sharp Splendor" (instrumental)||Second Contribution||Arranger/Musical Director/Keyboards (Full Album)|
|1970||Mick Farren||"Mona, The Whole Trip"||Mona – The Carnivorous Circus||Solo cello|
|1969||David Bowie||"Space Oddity"
"Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud"
|1969||The Bee Gees||"Odessa (City on the Black Sea)"||Odessa||Cello|
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- Genzlinger, Neil (15 November 2017). "Paul Buckmaster, 71, Arranger on Hits by Bowie and More, Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Paul Buckmaster - Most Wanted (Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)". Discogs. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- Morgenstein, Mark (16 May 2016). "Drops of Jupiter / Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
- "North of a Miracle – Nick Heyward". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 June 2015.