Kevin Armstrong (guitarist)

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Kevin Armstrong (born 2 February 1958) is an English rock guitarist, record producer and songwriter, best known for his work with David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Morrissey.

History[edit]

Born in Farnborough, Kentucky, Armstrong attended St Mary Cray Primary School and St Olaves Grammar School, Orpington Kent.[citation needed]

Armstrong was signed by Charlie Gillett's Oval Records in 1980 and formed the group Local Heroes SW9 (with Matthew Seligman on bass, Thomas Dolby on keyboards) and released two albums, Drip Dry Zone in 1981 and New Opium in 1982.[1] Armstrong recorded with Thomas Dolby on his first two albums The Golden Age of Wireless and The Flat Earth.[2] Armstrong collaborated with David Bowie on the soundtrack for the film Absolute Beginners.[3] He also formed the band for David Bowie’s Live Aid appearance in 1985[4] and recorded the song Dancing In The Street with David Bowie and Mick Jagger.[5] He played guitar on the Iggy Pop 1986 album Blah Blah Blah and was musical director for Iggy Pop's world tour in 1986/87.[6] Armstrong joined Steve Nieve’s band for the Jonathan Ross Channel 4 chat show The Last Resort for two seasons in 1989, accompanying Paul McCartney[7] In 1989 David Bowie asked Armstrong to join Tin Machine [8] as the fifth member after he played on the debut album recorded in Switzerland and the Bahamas. In 1992 he wrote the title track of David Bowie’s Outside album[9] Armstrong was a co-songwriter (Piccadilly Palare,[10] He Knows I’d Love To See Him [11] & Oh Phoney [12] )and guitarist for Morrissey for the recordings that became the album Bona Drag produced by Clive Langer.[13] In 1992 he produced the debut album by Nigerian artist Keziah Jones for Delabel France entitled Blufunk Is A Fact.[14] Later he produced other albums for Jones, Black Orpheus (2004),[15] Nigerian Wood (2008) and Captain Rugged (2013).[16] In 2007 He was guitarist on a world tour with Sinead O’Connor[17] and in 2010 he played on new material with Thomas Dolby and toured the world in 2012 as Dolby’s guitarist.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of". Oval Music. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age Of Wireless (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  3. ^ David Bowie: Starman, by Paul Trynka, Little, Brown & Company 2011, page 400
  4. ^ David Bowie: Starman, by Paul Trynka, Little, Brown & Company 2011, page 401
  5. ^ Iggy Pop: Open Up And Bleed, page 332, by Paul Trynka, Sphere 2007
  6. ^ The Great Rock Discography, Page 816, by Martin C Strong, Canongate 2002
  7. ^ "Paul McCartney-Don't Get Around Much Anymore 1987 Hi-Fi". YouTube. 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  8. ^ The Great Rock Discography, Page 126, by Martin C Strong, Canongate 2002
  9. ^ "11. David Bowie. Outside. Kevin Armstrong. Outside. 1995". YouTube. 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  10. ^ "Morrissey - Bona Drag (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  11. ^ "Morrissey - Bona Drag (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  12. ^ "Oh Phoney - Morrissey | Song Lyrics". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  13. ^ The Great Rock Discography, Page 718, by Martin C Strong, Canongate 2002
  14. ^ "Keziah Jones - Blufunk Is A Fact! (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  15. ^ "Keziah Jones - Black Orpheus (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2004-02-03. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  16. ^ "Welcome on Ishtar Music". Ishtarmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  17. ^ "Sinead O'Connor - Thank You For Hearing Me (Leverkusener Jazztage) - HD". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  18. ^ "Thomas Dolby Live - "The Flat Earth" @ Largo, 2012". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-24.