Carlos Alomar

CARLOS ALOMAR - David Bowie's long-time guitarist

Carlos Alomar is a guitarist most recognized for his work with David Bowie. Alomar collaborated on Bowie's American #1 single "Fame," and joined Bowie on two concert tours in the 1970s, as well as the record-breaking Serious Moonlight tour and the Glass Spider tour in the 1980s. In January 1975, Bowie and John Lennon recorded "Across the Universe" at Electric Lady Studios and from this session resulted the impromptu song "Fame" – which evolved from the guitar riff Alomar had originated for the song "Footstompin’" during the Philly Dogs shows. With writing credit divided between Bowie, Alomar and Lennon (and funky guitar riffs later copied for James Brown's 1975 recording "Hot (I Need to be Loved)"), "Fame" gave Bowie his first US #1 single, and its parent album Young Americans (1975) marked Carlos Alomar’s first appearance on a David Bowie album. He has played on more Bowie albums than any other guitarist (including Mick Ronson). He is credited with discovering Luther Vandross. He has performed with a number of other famous musicians including Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Chuck Berry, James Brown and otehrs. In all, Alomar has played on a total of 32 gold and platinum albums. He is currently the director of Boombacker Records, and the president of the New York chapter of The Recording Academy, the organization responsible for the Grammy Awards. Alomar is married to singer Robin Clark, with whom he has a daughter, Lea. Alomar collaborated with Scissor Sisters for their sophomore album Tah-Dah, and one track from these recording sessions, "Transistor," featured his wife and daughter on backing vocals.






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