Ar­ranger worked with El­ton John, Rolling Stones

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LOS AN­GE­LES >> Paul Buckmaster, the ar­ranger and orches­tra con­duc­tor who pro­vided the at­mo­spheric back­drop and sonic flourishes for El­ton John, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones and other ti­tans of rock over the decades, has died at 71. Buckmaster worked ex­ten­sively dur­ing his pro­lific ca­reer with John, pro­vid­ing the or­ches­tral ar­range­ments for ra­dio fa­vorites such as “Tiny Dancer” and “Your Song,” and teamed with the Rolling Stones on darker fare like “Moon­light Mile” and “Sway” on the group’s “Sticky Fin­gers” al­bum. And when Bowie recorded “Space Oddity,” Buckmaster helped give it an omi­nous depth with his ar­range­ment.

“So heart­bro­ken. He helped make me the artist I am,” John said in a tweet. “A rev­o­lu­tion­ary ar­ranger who took my songs and made them soar.” Buckmaster died Nov. 7, his rep­re­sen­ta­tive, McDaniel En­ter­tain­ment, an­nounced on Twit­ter. A cause of death was not given, nor was it dis­closed where he died. He had been liv­ing in Los An­ge­les for decades. Buckmaster was born in London on June 13, 1946. He won a Grammy Award in 2002 for best in­stru­men­tal ar­range­ment for his work on “Drops of Jupiter,” a song by the rock group Train.

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