Tony Thompson, the drummer of the disco funk band Chic and the pop group Power Station, died on Nov. 12 from renal cell cancer. He was 48.
Thompson attained musical prominence in the 1970s. He was performing with Patti LaBelle when he met guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. The trio formed Chic in 1976 and became disco legends with the release of the album, “C’est Chic,” which included the chart-topping singles, “Dance Dance Dance,” “Le Freak” and “Good Times.” “C’est Chic” and the band’s next album, “Risque,” both went platinum.
When Chic disbanded in 1983, Thompson worked as a session drummer with David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Madonna, Diana Ross and Rod Stewart. Two years later, he joined Duran Duran members Andy and John Taylor and the late Robert Palmer to form the supergroup, Power Station. The band released the hits, “Some Like It Hot” and “Get It On (Bang a Gong).”
Thompson performed with the remaining members of Led Zeppelin in 1985 at the Live Aid benefit concert in Philadelphia. He joined the band for secret recording sessions, but a possible reunion was canceled when Thompson was involved in a serious car accident. Those recordings were never released.