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Elton John pays tribute to late collaborator Paul Buckmaster

Elton John has paid tribute to late arranger and composer Paul Buckmaster following his death on Tuesday (07Nov17).
The Grammy Award-winning musician and conductor passed away on Tuesday at the age of 71 of undisclosed causes, and his collaborator Elton shared a picture of the duo on social media to pay tribute after the news broke on Wednesday.
“#RIPPaulBuckmaster. So heartbroken. He helped make me the artist I am. A revolutionary arranger who he took my songs and made them soar,” he wrote in the caption.
Buckmaster began his career as a touring cellist for the Bee Gees before becoming a string arranger and conductor for a number of stars, beginning with David Bowie’s 1969 single Space Oddity.
He served as musical director for a number of Elton’s albums between 1970 and the ’90s, and arranged notable tracks such as Your Song and Tiny Dancer. He also worked on the Rolling Stones’ Moonlight Mile, Taylor Swift’s Back to December and Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain, and on albums by Miles Davies, Guns N’ Roses, Leonard Cohen and the Grateful Dead. As well as composing the score for 1995 movie 12 Monkeys.
In 2002, he won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for the album Drops of Jupiter by Train.
Elton wasn’t the only musician to pay tribute to Buckmaster. Songwriter Diane Warren tweeted, “RIP Paul Buckmaster. Your arrangements were the star of every record U worked on” while folk singer Brandi Carlile‏ added that she was “heartbroken” to learn of his death.
“I feel so lucky to have grown up and made music worthy of his guidance and collaboration. RIP buddy,” she continued.

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