David Paton (Pilot)

By Thomas Semioli

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Where to begin with David Paton? A prolific singer, composer, producer, solo recording artist, sideman, collaborator, multi-instrumentalist – David is “known” to the masses by way of the international hit “Magic” with his band Pilot, and for his ten year tenure as a founding member of The Alan Parsons Project.

A master tunesmith with a melodic / pocket approach to the instrument, Paton’s five decade and counting career spans pop to prog and permutations thereof.  David has used a variety of instruments over the years, including the pictured Fender Precision bass along with Rickenbacker, and MusicMan extended range, just to site a few. Be sure to check out David’s expansive gear page https://www.davidpaton.com/gear/gear.htm

Among David’s stage and record credits include Kate Bush, Camel, Chris DeBurgh, Chris Rea, Jimmy Page, Elton John, Rick Wakeman (as a classical guitarist), Richard Thompson, The Pretenders (“I’ll Stand By You”) and Fish, just to cite a very, very, very select few.

Dig Tony Senatore’s rendition of “Magic” https://youtu.be/5EilPGuwfJw

Dig David with Pilot “January” https://youtu.be/WdcrTUcdO0Q

Dig David with Pilot “Call Me Round” https://youtu.be/0Ifu1sCW1ME

Dig David with Pilot on one of their reunion treks: https://youtu.be/dAcJUyZgVU8

Dig David with live with The Alan Parsons Project “Old and Wise” – a track penned by Colin Blunstone https://youtu.be/hBda9jEJDH4

Dig David with Sir Elton and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra https://youtu.be/Ky_kx8zj6vc

Dig David with The Pretenders “I’ll Stand By You” https://youtu.be/bLpmj059JFA

Dig David at the beginning of his career in 1968 on The Boots’ “The Animal In Me” https://youtu.be/yej4ToEWvMY

Dig David working the upper register with Kate Bush “Moving” https://youtu.be/YSOACab2t7k

Dig this two part overview of David’s latest project The Traveler: (1) https://youtu.be/KA5cVUc3s1w (2) https://youtu.be/qXbPdH6TBQU

Keep tabs on David Paton via https://www.davidpaton.com/