David Paton was born October 29, 1949 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
When David was starting out, he was in a number of bands including Boots and Christian, but the band that launched his career was Pilot. In 1974, Pilot had its first hit when the single "Magic" soared like a jet plane. Before the band broke up in 1977, Pilot had released four albums.
In 1975, the members of Pilot would join Alan Parsons in the making of the first of many Project albums. From there, David played bass on every Alan Parsons Project album up to the 1986 "Stereotomy" album.
After the first couple of Project albums, many of the Project band members got into sessions in a big way, and David was no exception. From Camel to The Pretenders, from Kate Bush to Chris DeBurgh, it seemed that David was everywhere.
In the mid-eighties, David also played on both Andrew Powell's "Best of APP" and the "Ladyhawke" soundtrack. In addition, David also was a member of the short-lived band called Keats.
In the late eighties, David began working with Elton John, and played on a number of albums, and tours, including the show performed in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
In 1991, David would appear on "Internal Exile" by Fish. This would be the first of many albums with Fish. In the late nineties, he worked on numerous albums by Rick Wakeman.
In 1991, David released his first solo album called "Passion's Cry", which was in the style of traditional Scottish music. After that was deleted by the record company, David re-recorded the best tracks onto his latest solo album, 1997's "Fragments".
More recently David Paton has been working in the area of traditional Scottish music, as well as pop music. However, the big project at the moment is working with Ian Bairnson, and together they are re-visiting their old Pilot album "Twos A Crowd".
For more about David Paton, see Issue Fourteen and Fifteen of The Avenue. And www.davidpaton.com
|David Paton Solo Albums|
|Work With Other Artists|
|1974||Pilot||Pilot (From the Album of the Same Name)||Bass, Vocals|
|1975||Pilot||Second Flight||Bass, Vocals|
|1976||Pilot||Morin Heights||Bass, Vocals|
|1976||William Lyall||Solo Casting||Guitar, Guitar (Electric)|
|1976||The Alan Parsons Project||Tales of Mystery and Imagination||Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)|
|1977||The Alan Parsons Project||I Robot||Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Guitar, Vocals|
|1977||Pilot||Two's A Crowd||Bass, Vocals|
|1978||Kate Bush||Kick Inside||Bass, Vocals (bckgr)|
|1978||The Alan Parsons Project||Pyramid||Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Guitar, Vocals|
|1979||The Alan Parsons Project||Eve||Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)|
|1979||Chris De Burgh||Crusader||Bass|
|1980||The Alan Parsons Project||The Turn of a Friendly Card||Bass, Guitar, Vocals|
|1982||The Alan Parsons Project||Eye in the Sky||Bass, Guitar, Vocals|
|1982||Chris Rea||Chris Rea||Bass|
|1982||Camel||Single Factor||Bass, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Fretless Bass|
|1983||John and Phil Cunningham||Fair Warning||Concertina|
|1984||Camel||Stationary Traveller||Bass, Fretless Bass|
|1984||Keats||Keats||Synthesizer, Bass, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)|
|1984||The Alan Parsons Project||Ammonia Avenue||Bass, Guitar, Vocals|
|1985||The Alan Parsons Project||Vulture Culture||Bass, Guitar, Vocals|
|1985||Original Soundtrack||Ladyhawke||Guitar (Bass)|
|1985||Elton John||Ice on Fire||Bass|
|1986||The Alan Parsons Project||Stereotomy||Bass, Guitar, Vocals|
|1986||Elton John||Leather Jackets||Bass, Guitar (Bass)|
|1987||Elton John||Elton John Live in Australia||Guitar (Bass)|
|1988||Elton John||Reg Strikes Back||Bass|
|1991||Fish||Internal Exile||Bass, Percussion, Drums,Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)|
|1991||Camel||Dust and Dreams||Vocals|
|1992||Richard Thompson||Sweet Talker: Original Music From The Movie||Guitar (Bass)|
|1994||The Pretenders||Last of the Independents||Guitar (Bass)|
|1994||Camel||On the Road 1982||Bass, Guitar (Bass), Vocals|
|1994||Larry Kaplan||Worth All the Telling||Dulcimer, Concertina, Dulcimer (Hammer)|
|1994||Fish||Suits||Guitar (Bass), Vocals (bckgr)|
|1994||Fish||Uncle Fish & the Crypt Creepers||Bass, Vocals (bckgr)|
|1994||Fish||Acoustic Sessions Live at the Farm||Bass, Vocals (bckgr)|
|1995||Fish||Songs from the Mirror||Bass, Guitar (Bass), Vocals (bckgr)|
|1995||Rick Wakeman||Classical Connection, Vol. 1||Fretless Bass, Guitar (Classical)|
|1995||Rick Wakeman||Classical Connection, Vol. 2||Bass, Guitar|
|1995||Rick Wakeman||New Gospels||Bass|
|1996||Rick Wakeman||Can You Hear Me?||Guitar, Guitar (Bass)|
|1996||Camel||Harbour of Tears||Bass, Vocals|
|1997||Connie Dover||If Ever I Return||Bass|
|1998||Dick Gaughan||Redwood Cathedral||Bass|
|1999||Ceol Anam||Two Guitars||Digital Editing|
|2000||Macalias||High Wired||Guitar (Bass)|
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