Edward Claude Cassidy

‘Ed’ Cassidy was born in 1923 and appears in this series on two counts. The first is by virtue of being ‘rock’ music’s oldest drummer, and the second is by being the first person in the sixties to have an exceedingly large drum kit. I’m not sure if anyone’s going to catch him up on

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A Tribute To Remo Belli

We had planned many weeks ago that Remo would be our ''Groovers And Shakers'' subject for May 15th 2016. His passing on 25th April was a shock to us all, but in tribute to Remo's massively influential life we knew we had to go ahead as planned. Remo had made us very welcome at the

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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

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Levon Helm

Levon Helm was born on May 26th, 1940 in Arkansas. I’m sorry to say I never met Levon, but I came close when I was playing with Garth Hudson and Don McLean. Levon was scheduled to come to a gig at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach in mid-1981 but unfortunately he didn’t make it

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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