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Charlie Watts – RIP

Charles Robert Watts was born at University College in London on June 2nd 1941, three years before Hitler’s ‘doodlebugs’ were doing their best to wipe-out the inhabitants of the capital city. I knew Charlie a bit having interviewed him on camera for a film I was working on. His son also went to school with

By | 2021-08-24T21:02:26+00:00 August 24th, 2021|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Charlie Watts – RIP

Groovers & Shakers – Eric Delaney

I'd interviewed Eric for Dolbear’s 'British Drum Icons' series, but never for ‘Groovers and Shakers’ where he absolutely belongs. So that said, allow me to introduce this month’s subject: Eric Delaney! We actually saw more of Eric in the UK than of his arguably more illustrious American contemporaries like Krupa and Rich. We might see

By | 2021-07-16T10:44:03+00:00 July 16th, 2021|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Groovers & Shakers – Eric Delaney

Groovers & Shakers – John Steel

John Steel is another drummer from the sixties whom I would frequently bump into at TV studios, radio stations, London clubs and theatres, and of course, motorway services up and down the length and breadth of Britain. John was born 4th February 1941, and is well known as being the drummer for ‘The Animals’ from

By | 2021-06-14T23:42:29+00:00 June 14th, 2021|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Groovers & Shakers – John Steel

Groovers & Shakers: Bobby Colomby

I knew a great deal about Robert Wayne Colomby’s playing before I had any idea who he was. Bobby was born on 20th December 1944, in New York and was ultimately educated at City College, where he graduated in psychology. He went on to have an unbelievably varied career. He’s not only a great self-taught

By | 2021-05-21T17:49:46+00:00 April 14th, 2021|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Groovers & Shakers: Bobby Colomby

“It Ain’t Heavy, It’s My Story” – The Autobiography of Bobby Elliott

I've known Bobby Elliott since 1963 when we were both starting out on the path to fame and possible fortune. We’ve kept in touch over the last 58 years and before I read his book, I thought I knew a great deal about him. ‘It Ain't Heavy It's My Story” is therefore something of an

By | 2021-03-14T23:11:26+00:00 March 14th, 2021|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on “It Ain’t Heavy, It’s My Story” – The Autobiography of Bobby Elliott

Groovers and Shakers – Trilok Gurtu

Trilok Gurtu was born in Mumbai, India on 30 October, 1951 to Hindu Bramin parents. This was at a time when the city was still called Bombay and it wasn’t until a quarter of a century later, in 1996, that it was changed to its more ethnic, less colonial name. Trilok was born into a

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Groovers & Shakers – Pete York

Pete York was born in Middlesbrough on the 15th of August 1942 and came to drumming from a slightly different angle to the rest of us ‘baby boomers’ in the UK. He played jazz first. I interviewed him once for Mike Dolbear when he was ‘snowed in’ in Germany and like all responsible Englishmen of

By | 2021-01-14T16:48:18+00:00 January 15th, 2021|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Groovers & Shakers – Pete York

Groovers & Shakers – Frank Ippolito

(Editors note - Try as we might, none of us could find ANY photos of Frank Ippolito or the Professional Percussion store. If you happen to have one and would allow us to put it into this article, please get in contact) I struck up a rather special friendship in the very late sixties with Frank

By | 2020-12-14T23:54:22+00:00 December 14th, 2020|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Groovers & Shakers – Frank Ippolito
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