|Born||15 November 1954|
|Died||12 November 2003 (aged 48)|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Genres||New Wave, alternative rock, hard rock, pop rock, disco, hip-hop, funk|
Thompson was raised in Queens, New York. His mother was Trinidadian and father was of Antiguan descent. He first played drums for the group Labelle, and then for a short time was a member of the band Ecstasy, Passion & Pain. While he was the drummer for Chic, he played music with many artists such as Jody Watley, Madonna, Rod Stewart, Adam Ant, Mick Jagger and David Bowie.
Thompson died of renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) in Los Angeles. It was just two months after his bandmate Robert Palmer died from a heart attack. Thompson was a member of the band Non-Toxic at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife, Patrice Jennings, and two children. On 19 September 2005, Thompson and the rest of the Chic band members were inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.
References[change | change source]
- Jon Pareles (2003-11-24). "Tony Thompson, 48, Drummer Who Helped to Define Disco". The New York Times.
Other websites[change | change source]
- A tribute from several Chic members and others
- Biography at Allmusic.com
- ArtistDirect discography Archived 2004-03-23 at the Wayback Machine