|Also known as||William "Billy" Patterson|
|Born||August 18, 1954|
New Brunswick, New Jersey
|Origin||New York City|
Spaceman Patterson was one of the musicians in Miles Davis' touring line-up in the 1980s. In 1992, Patterson provided music for Ntozake Shange's The Love Space Demands, an adaptation of some of her poetry. In 1995, Patterson produced Melvin Van Peebles' 1995 album Ghetto Gothic. In 2003, he was musical director for the play Dream on Monkey Mountain presented at the Harlem School of the Arts.
In 2008, Patterson was enlisted to produce a hip hop album for Bill Cosby. Known at that time for his comedic work and not for performing hip hop, Cosby's album came as a surprise to some. Patterson told the Associated Press that when Cosby contacted him about making the album, "people started speculating, is he going to rap about Jell-O Pudding Pops or what?" The resulting release, titled The Cosnarati: State Of Emergency, came out on November 14, 2009 on World Alert Music.
In 2016, Spaceman Patterson played guitar on multiple Frank Ocean recordings, including the albums Endless and Blonde. As of 2018, at least 20 hours of outtakes from Patterson's Frank Ocean sessions have not been released.
Per each album's liner notes.
With Jamaica Boys
- 1987: Jamaica Boys (Warner Bros)
- 1989: J Boys (Warner Bros)
- 1990: Shake It Up (Warner Bros)
With J-Funk Express
- 1993: Getting Back To My Roots (Pioneer)
- 1995: This is Rare Groove (99 Records)
- 1983: Trademark – Uh-huh! (Move'n Groove Records)
- 1995: Melvin Van Peebles – Ghetto Gothic (Capitol Records)
- 2009: Bill Cosby – The Cosnarati State of Emergency (World Alert Music)
With James Blood Ulmer
- 1980: Are You Glad to Be in America? (Rough Trade)
- 1993: Blues Preacher (Columbia)
With Miles Davis
- 1989: Amandla (Warner Bros)
- 2001: 1986-1991: The Warner Years (Warner Bros)
With David Sanborn
- 1992: Upfront (Elektra)
- 1994: Hearsay (Elektra)
With Frank Ocean
- 2016: Endless (Def Jam)
- 2016: Blonde (Boys Don't Cry)
- 1989: Sly and Robbie – Silent Assassin (Island Records)
- 1990: Toshinobu Kubota – Bonga Wanga (CBS)
- 1993: Teddy Pendergrass – A Little More Magic (Elektra)
- 1996: Monifah – Moods... Moments (Universal)
- 1997: Ultramagnetic MCs – The B-Sides Companion (Next Plateau)
- 2010: Jaheim – Another Round (Atlantic)
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- "Frank Ocean Has Hours of Unreleased Blonde and Endless Recordings". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
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- Mandel, Howard (2007). Miles, Ornette, Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz. Routledge. p. 304. ISBN 978-0415967143. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- Willis, John; Hodges, Ben (2005). Theatre World 2002-2003. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 372. ISBN 978-1557836359. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- Klein, Alvin (March 22, 1992). "THEATER; Poems on the Politics of Seduction". The New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
- "The Love Space Demands". The Kennedy Center. March 29, 1992. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
- Kubernik, Harvey (2006). Hollywood Shack Job: Rock Music in Film and on Your Screen. University of New Mexico Press. p. 415. ISBN 978-0826335425. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- Weber, Bruce (October 14, 2003). "THEATER REVIEW; An Old Man Fights for His Kingly Tribal Dream". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- Ben, Party (16 April 2008). "Music: Bill Cosby, Hip-Hop Producer?". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- Fekadu, Mesfin (3 December 2009). "SOUND BITES: Rihanna's CD is decent, but uneven". Associated Press. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- Ragogna, Mike (22 March 2010). "State Of Emergency: A Conversation With Bill Cosby and the Cosnarati". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- Allah, Dasun (20 May 2010). "The Man Holding The Mirror: Why Hip-Hop Needs To Listen To Bill Cosby [Video]". HipHopWired.
- "Bill Cosby to Release Hip-Hop Album". Fox News. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- "Frank Ocean Guitarist Spaceman Says The Singer Has A Lot Of Unreleased Music". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
- "William "Spaceman" Patterson | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-11-11.