David Paton



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 it’s 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 "Two’s A Crowd".

For more about David Paton, see Issue Fourteen and Fifteen of The Avenue. And www.davidpaton.com


Selected Discography

David Paton Solo Albums
1991 Passions Cry
1997 Fragments

  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 Kate Bush Lionheart Bass
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
1990 Propaganda 1234 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 Yin Bass, Vocals
1995 Fish Yang Bass, Vocals
1995 Fish Songs from the Mirror Bass, Guitar (Bass), Vocals (bckgr)
1995 Rick Fielding Lifeline Concertina
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 Rick Wakeman Orisons Bass
1996 Camel Harbour of Tears Bass, Vocals
1997 Connie Dover If Ever I Return Bass
1998 Propaganda Propaganda Guitar
1998 Dick Gaughan Redwood Cathedral Bass
1999 Ceol Anam Two Guitars Digital Editing
2000 Macalias High Wired Guitar (Bass)

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