The music world is mourning the passing of arranger Paul Buckmaster, known for his musical contributions and arrangements on iconic songs by David Bowie, Elton John, and Guns N’ Roses.
Buckmaster passed away Tuesday (Nov. 7) at the age of 71.
The London-born musician is known for his orchestral arrangement for Bowie’s classic 1969 song “Space Oddity,” and classic Elton hits “Your Song,” “Levon” and “Tiny Dancer.” Buckmaster also arranged strings on the 1971 Rolling Stones tunes “Moonlight Mile” and “Sway.”
“So heartbroken. He helped make me the artist I am,” John wrote on Twitter. “A revolutionary arranger who…took my songs and made them soar.”
Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson, who worked with Buckmaster on her 2016 album Beautiful Broken, offered her condolences on Facebook.
“The world has lost one irreplaceable classic rock composer,” Nancy penned. “I hope Paul that you are somewhere out there soaring along and breathing with your heavenly strings.”
Buckmaster also worked with newer artists Train (winning a Grammy Award in 2002 for “Drops of Jupiter”), Kelly Clarkson, and Taylor Swift.