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Ringo Starr

Well we’ve finally got around to the guy who, whether we like it or not (and I certainly do) is hands down the most famous drummer ever! Ringo. I make no excuses for introducing him like this without his surname because the measure of his fame is such that it renders any family name completely

By | April 20th, 2016|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Ringo Starr

Bobbie Elliot

I’ve known Robert Hartley Elliott since the beginning of the sixties and I vividly remember the first time I met him. I was playing on the same bill with him at what they used to call a ‘Summer Sunday Concert’ in Morecambe, Lancashire. Bobby was playing with Shane Fenton (eventually aka Alvin Stardust) and I

By | February 20th, 2016|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Bobbie Elliot

DJ Fontana

I still haven’t met DJ Fontana, but I did speak to him on the telephone when he was doing something in a TV studio in Elstree a few years ago. He was born on March 15th 1931 in Shreveport, Louisiana. We know that the ‘D’ stood for Dominic but depending on where you look the

By | January 20th, 2016|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on DJ Fontana

Billy Gussak

We know Billy Gussak was born in 1920 but exactly when and where seems to be something of a mystery. He was a ‘Swing’ drummer during the thirties who had an exceedingly proper gig with the CBS Staff band. He played under a conductor called Leith Stevens (who was responsible for the music soundtracks for

By | December 21st, 2015|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Billy Gussak

Fred Below

Freddie Below was born in Chicago on September 19th, 1926 and is credited with inventing the art of blues drumming as we know it, and for slipping the all-important offbeat into it at the appropriate place. But of course he didn’t begin as a blues drummer; he took up drums while he was in a

By | October 21st, 2015|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Fred Below

Ron Tutt

  Ronnie Tutt was born on March 12th, 1938 in Dallas Texas. His mother started him with tap-dancing lessons at three years old after he started singing along to the family’s radio and record player, and he kept up these lessons for eight years. During this time he became interested in the playing side of

By | September 21st, 2015|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Ron Tutt

Roger Hawkins

Roger Hawkins, born on October 15th, 1945 in Mishawaka, Indiana, is the drummer who played on a great many of the songs that I (and many other drummers of my ilk) love to play live. When someone in the band I’m playing with at a gig calls out: “Respect”, “Chain Of Fools”, “I’ll Take You

By | August 21st, 2015|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Roger Hawkins

Charlie Watts

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 do know Charlie a bit having interviewed him on camera for a film I was working on. His son also went to school

By | June 21st, 2015|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Charlie Watts

Carmine Appice

I’ve been waiting patiently to get to Carmine because he’s very much of my generation and I know there’s far more to him (and the effect he has had on music) than meets the eye. For my money, he had a great deal more to do with the development of ‘rock’ drumming than he’s been

By | May 21st, 2015|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Carmine Appice

Kenny Clarke

Kenneth Spearman Clarke was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 2nd, 1914 to Charles Spearman and Martha Grace Scott. His mother was a pianist who taught him the piano until her sad death when he was just six years old. Things got worse after this disaster when his father left the family and Kenny was

By | May 21st, 2015|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Kenny Clarke
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