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4 February 1951 |
Driffield, East Yorkshire, England
Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey (born 4 February 1951, in Driffield, East Yorkshire) is an English rock drummer from Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, best known for his work with David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars. With the death of Bowie in January 2016, he is the last surviving member of the classic Ziggy Stardust lineup.
Woodmansey joined Bowie's backing group The Hype, which later became The Spiders from Mars. He played on Bowie's albums The Man Who Sold the World (1970), Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972) and Aladdin Sane (1973).
Woodmansey was replaced in The Spiders from Mars by Aynsley Dunbar, who played on Bowie's next album, the 1973 covers album Pin Ups. Woodmansey re-formed The Spiders from Mars for one album, along with bass player Trevor Bolder. This necessitated a change of personnel, with Dave Black on lead guitar because Mick Ronson was unavailable and Pete McDonald supplying lead vocals. Guest keyboardist was Mike Garson, who had been a major part of Bowie's line-up from the Ziggy Stardust days. Bowie made no contribution to the album which was named The Spiders From Mars.
After the final disbandment of the Spiders, he formed his own band, Woody Woodmansey's U-Boat, with Phil Murray, Frankie Marshall, Phil Plant and eventually Martin Smith, releasing a debut album U Boat in 1977. The album was subsequently re-released in 2006 as Woody Woodmansey's U-Boat (Castle Music ESMCD895).
He played in the band Cybernauts, and is currently the featured drummer with 3-D. He also co-leads, with Tony Visconti, the supergroup Holy Holy, performing David Bowie songs from the 1970s, including the full The Man Who Sold the World album. Woodmansey toured with Holy Holy in September 2014, and followed up with tours of the UK, USA and Japan during the following two years. The group has featured Erdal Kızılçay, Glenn Gregory, Steve Norman, Marc Almond and James Stevenson.
In April 2016 Pan Macmillan announced the publication later in the year of Woodmansey's autobiography, Spider From Mars: My Life With David Bowie, co-written with the bestselling author Joel McIver. The book includes a foreword by Bowie's producer and friend Tony Visconti.
With David Bowie
- The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
- Hunky Dory (1971)
- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
- Aladdin Sane (1973)
- Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture (recorded live 1973, officially released 1983)
- Santa Monica '72 (recorded live 1972, officially released 1994)
With Dana Gillespie
- Weren't Born a Man (1974)
With The Spiders From Mars
- The Spiders from Mars (1976)
With Woody Woodmansey's U-Boat
- Woody Woodmansey's U-Boat (1977)
with Screen Idols
- Premiere (1979)
- Cybernauts Live (2001)
- Future Primitive (2008)
- "Windows Media Guide | Internet Radio". Windowsmedia.com. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
- "Woody Woodmansey's U-Boat". Alexgitlin.com. 2000-08-06. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
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-  Archived 4 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine.