Tony Bowers

Simply put, he brought the groove to Simply Red.

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A composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer with a wide array of credits spanning such ensembles as The Durutti Column, among others, Tony Bowers' outstanding work with Mick Hucknall and company turned millions of young ears on to soul sans the retro posture that all too often, is all too prevalent.

A dexterous bassist with an expansive harmonic and rhythmic vocabulary, Bowers was, to my ears, among finest finesse players in the golden age of 1980s bass artistry in a pop context.