Paul “Tonka” Chapman of UFO fame has died

Some sad news to report as rock guitarist Paul William “Tonka” Chapman of UFO fame (from 1974–1975 and 1978–1983) died yesterday, June 9th, on his 66th birthday.

A post on Chapman’s Facebook page reads as follows:

It is with a heavy heart writing this, today is my dads 66th birthday. He passed away earlier this afternoon. He was a brilliant, energetic, loving and most carefree person and the First man I ever loved. Everyone he came in contact with loved him. no ADORED him. will keep everyone posted on his celebration of life. I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers as his family grieves and processes everything at this time. I love you Dad. So much.

Paul also performed in Universe, plus Skid Row (Irish band) from 1971-1972, Kimla Taz from 1972-1974, and Lone Star from 1975-1978.

“Chapman first joined UFO in 1974 as a second guitarist to augment their live sound having answered an advert in UK’s music paper, Melody Maker,” notes Paul’s official Wiki entry.

“Chapman later rejoined UFO in December 1978 on a full-time basis after Schenker and UFO parted company. Chapman recorded his first album with UFO – No Place To Run – with ex-Beatles producer George Martin; which was released in January 1980.”

Post his time with UFO, Chapman formed the bands DOA, Ghost and PCP, re-formed the band Waysted, guested in Jack Starr and the Guardians of the Flame, and was a member of Killer Bee and Gator Country.


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