Groovers & Shakers – Max Weinberg

I used to bump into Max Weinberg every now and again when we were touring around in my Kinks days and doing the odd gig with Bruce Springsteen. I'm pretty sure I remember playing with him in a street festival in Belgium when I was in a band called GB Blues Company, but he wasn't

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Groovers & Shakers – Charles Connor

Charles Connor was born in New Orleans on January 14, 1935 and is best known as a member of Little Richard's band The Upsetters. And, we’re reliably informed that ‘Little’ Richard Penniman’s shout of "a-wop bop-a loo-bop, a-lop bam-boom" at the beginning of his recording of "Tutti Frutti" is said to be a reference to

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Groovers and Shakers: Ed Shaugnessy

I didn’t actually know Ed Shaugnessy although we always nodded to one another backstage at Johnny Carson’s ‘The Tonight show’ when I was in Burbank plugging one record or another. I certainly did the Carson Show with The Kinks, and with Don McLean, but I’m afraid my memory fails me after 50 years as to

By | 2020-07-14T13:37:57+00:00 July 15th, 2020|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Groovers and Shakers: Ed Shaugnessy

Groovers & Shakers – Randolph Peter Scanland (aka Pete Best)

Without a shadow of a doubt this is the first (and probably the last) time a subject for ‘Groovers and Shakers’ has been investigated as being famous for something he didn't do! It's not easy to fit Pete Best into the format of Groovers and Shakers because ostensibly, from a playing standpoint at least, he

By | 2020-06-01T00:49:19+00:00 June 1st, 2020|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Groovers & Shakers – Randolph Peter Scanland (aka Pete Best)

Groovers & Shakers: Evelyn Glennie

Photo by Philipp Rathmer Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie was born on July 19th, 1965 and brought up in Aberdeenshire in a village called Methlick where Lord Byron once had a castle and his daughter, one Ada Lovelace (who had a big hand in inventing the computer with Charles Babbage) was brought up.

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Groovers and Shakers – Sly Dunbar

Lowell ‘Sly’ Fillmore Dunbar was born on 10 May 1952 in Kingston, Jamaica and unless I’m missing something remains the world’s quintessential reggae drummer, His name is invariably linked with bass player Robbie Shakespeare, best known as one half of the prolific Jamaican rhythm section and reggae production duo Sly and Robbie - aka ‘The

By | 2020-03-14T19:42:45+00:00 March 15th, 2020|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Groovers and Shakers – Sly Dunbar

Groovers & Shakers – Herb Brochstein: DJ Fontana and Elvis Presley’s drum supplier

In a previous life I was fortunate enough to be friendly with Herb Brochstein who among other things founded the Pro-Mark drumstick empire. Like a great many American drummers of his generation he was something of an Anglophile and at any overseas trade show I’d head for his stand to renew my acquaintance. We’d sit

By | 2020-01-11T09:53:37+00:00 January 15th, 2020|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Groovers & Shakers – Herb Brochstein: DJ Fontana and Elvis Presley’s drum supplier

Michael Shrieve

Michael Shrieve was born in San Francisco on the sixth of July, 1949. He’s an American drummer, percussionist, and composer with Irish, German and French ancestry. Like Gene Krupa he wanted to be a priest but he took a somewhat different path. Of course my generation know him rather well as the drummer of the

By | 2019-11-10T13:28:44+00:00 November 15th, 2019|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Michael Shrieve

Alphonse Mouzon

Alphonse Lee Mouzon will go down in history as being one of the inventors of fusion drumming. He was born on November 21, 1948 and besides being an American jazz-fusion drummer was the owner of a record company, Tenacious Records, which he cleverly set up (mostly) to release his own recordings. Alphonse was a composer,

By | 2019-10-15T17:18:55+00:00 October 14th, 2019|Categories: Groovers and Shakers|Comments Off on Alphonse Mouzon

Ronnie Verrell

Ronald Thomas Verrell was born in Rochester on 21st February 1926 and the internet simplistically describes him as an 'English jazz drummer' but that title doesn’t really do him any justice at all - he could actually play anything. Slightly better is The Telegraph's "Britain's best-known Big-Band drummer for half a century". But even so... In

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