Tony Hunter, ‘one of a kind’ bass player, dies
Before the White Stripes put southwest Detroit on the national musical map, the neighborhood in the 1970s and 1980s was a breeding ground for talented musicians in multiple genres. Bass player Tony Hunter was considered one of them.
Mr. Hunter died Saturday, April 7, 2018, in his Lincoln Park home of complications from diabetes. He was 56.
He was born Dec. 14, 1961, in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. His family later moved to the city’s southwest side, where he attended Southwestern High School and starred on the school’s football team alongside future NFL Pro Bowler Luis Sharpe.
After high school, Mr. Hunter immersed himself in Detroit’s music scene, playing bass in several local rock and funk groups. Through the years, he earned a reputation as a solid musician and dedicated bandmate.
“He was one of the greatest bass players ever to come out of Detroit,” said Metro Detroit singer Marc Aloia. “His humor and personality made him fun to be around on or off stage.”
Area guitarist Terry Walker added: “He was one of a kind. All the bass players looked up to him. He was an entertainer, too, always doing something to make you laugh.”
Survivors include wife, Liza; parents Rosalind and Joe Turner; daughters Saveria and Skye; sons Anthony and Zakk; granddaughters Vanessa, Reanna and Ellie; grandson Tony; sister Kim; and brothers Steve, Shawn and Detroit News reporter George Duane Hunter.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2-8 p.m. April 15 at Martenson Funeral Home, 10915 Allen Road in Allen Park. He was cremated.