Tony Newton (musician)

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Tony Newton
Birth name Antonio Newton
Born 1948
Origin Detroit Michigan
Genres Rock, soul, R&B, jazz rock
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, arranger
Instruments Bass, keyboards, vocals
Years active 1961–present
Labels NCI Records, Novaphonic Records
Associated acts John Lee Hooker, Smokey Robinson, 8th Day, The Tony Williams New Lifetime, Gary Moore

Antonio (Tony) Newton is an electric bass player from Detroit Michigan. Newton has recorded with Tony Williams, John Lee Hooker, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Gary Moore and Allan Holdsworth.[1][2][3]

Newton began his career first on piano at age seven, beginning professionally at the age of thirteen, playing bass guitar with blues legends John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker and Little Walter.[4]

Newton was discovered by Motown executive Hank Cosby while playing in Detroit Blues clubs at the age of 18. He was the bass player in the Motortown Revue that toured the UK in 1965, in which he performed with artists such as The Supremes and Smokey Robinson.


As leader/co-leader[edit]

With Smokey Robinson

With The Mamas & the Papas

With 8th Day

  • I Gotta Get Home (Can't Let My Baby Get Lonely) (1973)

With Aretha Franklin

With The Tony Williams New Lifetime

With G-Force


  1. ^ Chaffin, Christina. "Motown Funk Brother Revisits Musical Roots". The Motown Vault. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  2. ^ Newton, Tony (2011). Gold Thunder: A Legendary Adventures of a Motown Bassman. Quantum Media Publishing.
  3. ^ "Antonio (Tony) Newton biography". Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Art Vista™ Presents GROOVEMASTER – the Tony Newton Bass Libraries". Bass Musician. January 13, 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2015.