John “Hutch” Hutchinson, who worked with David Bowie for three separate periods in the ’60s and’ 70s, has died after a long illness, Bowie’s estate has confirmed.
The guitarist appeared on the first demo of “Space Oddity” in 1969 and later became part of the Aladdin Sané toured, playing 12-string guitar across the United States in 1973.
Quoting Hutchinson’s website, a tweet from Bowie’s account said: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of John Hutchinson who died in hospital yesterday after a long illness. John has been described as “a semi-retired and little-known jazz guitarist and veteran of three major David Bowie bands for seven years between 1966 and 1973”.
In his memories of 2014 Bowie and Hutch, the musician said he left Bowie’s organization twice and was fired once, saying the results were very similar. He added that they remained friends “from a distance”.
“We at least keep in touch by email from time to time,” he explained. “I have to remember not to bother David, mind you, because we are years and miles apart now, and there are constraints that lifestyle and fame places on old friends from. stars like David Bowie. “
Hutchinson was a well-known member of several groups in Sweden and England while Bowie still used his birth name Jones. He retired from professional music in 1980 to work in the petroleum industry, but has led a number of jazz groups over the years and proudly noted that his daughter Hayley and son Jesse were themselves. “highly regarded performers”.
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