Bob Henrit

We've got to the magic '50' mark as far as Groovers and Shakers articles are concerned, and to celebrate, we thought it was time to look at a drummer who is very close to us at mikedolbear.com – Bob Henrit himself At the rate Bob's writing these, he'll be 77 when he writes his 100th

By | 2017-10-14T22:20:15+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|0 Comments

Dave Mattacks

David James Mattacks was born in the London suburb of Burnt Oak on the 13th March, 1948 which unfortunately makes him considerably younger than me. Nevertheless I needed a calculator to work out how long we’ve known one another, and it turns out to be 53 years! The Mattacks family moved around a lot although

By | 2017-09-13T10:20:04+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Dave Mattacks

Jim Gordon

James Beck ‘Jim’ Gordon was born on July 14th, 1945, grew up in California’s San Fernando Valley and was educated at the same High School as Jeff Porcaro: Ulysses S, Grant. That said, since by my reckoning Jim is nine years older than Jeff, I doubt they could possibly have been there at the same

By | 2017-10-02T10:01:40+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Jim Gordon

Irv Cottler

Irving Cottler was born in Brooklyn, New York on 13th February 1918. You may not know the name, but you certainly will have heard him playing because he was none other than Frank Sinatra’s drummer of choice, whenever, wherever and whatever he was playing. He joined ‘Old Blue Eyes’ in 1962 and stayed with him

By | 2017-08-11T18:14:18+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Irv Cottler

Jeff Porcaro

  I first met Jeff Porcaro at a Music Trade Show in London at Alexandra Palace in London. As far as I can see, it was the first and the only musical instrument show to be held there although gigs still go on there even as we speak. I’m pretty sure I still owned a

By | 2017-08-11T18:16:54+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Jeff Porcaro

John Bonham

I was saving this for May 2018 which would have been Bonzo’s seventieth, but in the end I couldn’t contain myself. So here it is albeit just a year early! I don’t believe I ever met John Bonham although I’ve certainly had several near misses. Since we were contemporaries and both rushing around the world

By | 2017-08-11T18:16:54+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on John Bonham

Daniel Humair

  Daniel Humair was born in Zurich on May 23rd, 1938 and he is famous not simply for being a drummer, composer and arranger, he’s also an exceedingly accomplished painter (he describes his own art as ’Figurative Abstract’) and in the past he’s even been something of an inventor. For the purposes of this edition

By | 2017-08-11T18:17:23+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Daniel Humair

Mitch Mitchell

John Graham "Mitch" Mitchell was born on 9 July 1946 in Ealing, Middlesex, UK to Phyliss (née Preston) and Thomas J Mitchell. As a teenager, he starred in a children's television programme, which was very much part of the formative years of the Baby Boomers generation of which I was an unknowing member. The TV programme was called ‘Jennings

Jimmie Nichol

I decided to write about Jimmie Nicol without realising that I may have made a rod for my own back, since there’s not a great deal of really pertinent information around about him and frankly some of it is confusing and some is unbelievable. So you (and I) will have to rely on my not-quite-so-infallible

By | 2017-08-27T20:31:34+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Jimmie Nichol

Keith Moon

Editors Note – its not often that one gets to read and edit an article written about a well known historical figure, let alone a well known historical drumming figure, written by someone who actually knew them well. Such is this Groovers and Shakers article – Bob Henrit was a contemporary of Keith Moon, and

By | 2017-09-13T11:32:16+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Keith Moon
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