I've never met a dedicated bassist who did not hold the late Peter "Mars" Cowling in the absolute highest regard.
Go figure why the prodigious late-1970s early-1980s version of the Pat Travers Band were not afforded the widespread attention they so richly deserved as they were all stellar instrumentalists and spirited performers.
Their enigmatic, tight trouser-ed, well coiffed British bassist Mars Cowling was a nimble fingered virtuoso who punctuated Travers’ brazen motifs and Tommy Aldridge’s frenetic rhythms with a blinding array of double-stops, slaps, chords, and harmonies galore – all fashionably rendered from his white Fender Precision, and often filtered through a flange / chorus / phaser effect.
It took a few encounters over the years for Mars to warm up to me - he was a cautious cat who did not suffer fools gladly and who chose his words carefully. I'm glad our last meeting in a Hollywood Fla. venue to hear our mutual friends Stan Waldman and Frank Carmelitano was a grand time - rife with stories, anecdotes, and laughter.
He agreed to talk on the record with Know Your Bass Player - but we never got the chance. Mars struck me as the kind of bassist who let his playing do the talking - as the masters always do. Godspeed Mars Cowling!
Coda: While a member of Eddie Levine and the Escorts, Pete had a proclivity to continually consume Mars candy bars - hence Mike Mills, a singer with The Nighthawks, bestowed the infamous nickname "Mars" which stuck with Mr. Cowling throughout his career and personal life!