33.45.78 All Vinyl Radio Show
with Steve Fruitman
August 30, 2021
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Goodbye Charlie
British Drummers
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Side One

1.   The Beatles – Ringo: What You’re Doing- 1964
2.   Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation: Trouble No More – 1968
3.   Bill Bruford Earthworks: Thud – 1987
4.   King Crimson – Michael Giles: 21st Century Schizoid Man – 1969
5.   Cream – Ginger Baker: Politician – 1968
6.   Led Zeppelin – John Bonham: Good Times, Bad Times – 1969
7.   Jimi Hendrix Experience – Mitch Mitchell: Manic Depression – 1967
8.   Deep Purple – Ian Paice: Stormbringer - 1974
9.   Nice – Brian Davison: One Of Those People – 1970
10. Emmerson, Lake & Palmer – Carl Palmer: Barbarian – 1970
11. Fleetwood Mac – Mick Fleetwood: Green Manalishi – 1970
12. The Clash - Nicky Headon: I Fought The Law – 1977

Side Two

1.   The Rolling Stones: Brown Sugar – 1977
2.   The Rolling Stones: Complicated – 1967
3.   The Rolling Stones: Get Off My Cloud – 1965
4.   The Rolling Stones: Under My Thumb – 1966
5.   Foghat – Roger Earl: Road Fever – 1973
6.   The Who – Keith Moon: The Ox – 1965
7.   Small Faces – Kenny Jones: Song of a Baker – 1968
8.   The Yardbirds – Jim McCarty: The Nazz Are Blue – 1966
9.   Ten Years After – Ric Lee: I’m Going Home – 1968
10. Free - Simon Kirke: Walk In My Shadow – 1970
11. The Kinks – Mick Avory: Holiday In Waikiki – 1966
12. Pink Floyd – Nick Mason: Ibiza Bar – 1969
13. The Pogues - Andrew Ranken: If I Should Fall From The Grace of God – 1988

Zero CanCon

And Now for The Particulars:

Side One

1.   The Beatles: What You’re Doing
(Lennon / McCartney)
Beatles VI: Capitol Records Canada – T 2358
Liverpool UK
Ringo Starr – drums
John Lennon: bg vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: bass, double tracked vocal
George Harrison – 12 string lead guitar, bg vocal
George Martin: piano
Produced by George Martin, 1964
Recorded by Norman Smith at EMI Abby Road Studios,  Sept - Oct, 1964

Sir Richard Starkey aka Ringo Starr b. 7 July 1940 Liverpool

Back in 1953, Richard Starkey contracted tuberculosis and was admitted to a sanatorium, where he remained for two years. During his stay the medical staff made an effort to stimulate motor activity and relieve boredom by encouraging their patients to join the hospital band, leading to his first exposure to a percussion instrument: a makeshift mallet made from cotton bobbin that he used to strike the cabinets next to his bed. Soon afterwards, he grew increasingly interested in drumming.

 "I was in the hospital band ... That's where I really started playing. I never wanted anything else from there on ... My grandparents gave me a mandolin and a banjo, but I didn't want them. My grandfather gave me a harmonica ... we had a piano – nothing. Only the drums."

A few years later he befriended Roy Trafford, and the two bonded over their shared interest in music. Trafford introduced him to skiffle, and the two began rehearsing songs Trafford recalled: "I played a guitar, and [Ritchie] just made a noise on a box ... Sometimes, he just slapped a biscuit tin with some keys, or banged on the backs of chairs."

The pair were joined by Starkey's neighbour, guitarist Eddie Miles, forming the Eddie Miles Band which was later renamed Eddie Clayton and the Clayton Squares. They performed popular skiffle songs like "Rock Island Line" with Starkey playing a washboard, creating primitive, driving rhythms. On Christmas Day 1957, Starkey was given a second-hand drum kit. Although basic and crude, the kit facilitated his progression as a musician while increasing the commercial potential of the Eddie Clayton band. In November 1959, Ringo joined Al Caldwell's Texans, a skiffle group who were looking for someone with a proper drum kit so that the group could transition from one of Liverpool's best-known skiffle acts to a full-fledged rock and roll band. They had begun playing local clubs as the Raging Texans, then Jet Storm and the Raging Texans before settling on Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. About this time he adopted the stage name Ringo Starr.

By early 1960, the Hurricanes had become one of Liverpool's best bands. The Hurricanes became so successful that they eventually went to Germany on 1 October 1960, where Starr first met The Beatles. Storm's Hurricanes were given top-billing over the Beatles, who also received less pay.

 On 15 October 1960, Ringo played with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, recording with them for the first time while backing Hurricanes singer playing  "Summertime".
Since Pete Best was terrible at keeping time in the recording studios, producer Bert Kempfert used Ringo over Best. Later Decca and EMI producers complained bout Best’s ability to keep time and that’s why Ringo became a Beatle in the Summer of ’62.

2.   Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation: Trouble No More
(V Brox / Moorshead / A Dmochowski)
The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation: Blue Thumb Records BTS 4
London UK
Aynsley Dunbar: drums
Alex Dmochowski: guitar
Keith Tillman: bass
Victor Brox: keys, vocal
Produced by Ian Samwell, 1968
Recorded by Victor Gann

Aynsley Thomas Dunbar b Liverpool UK, 10 January 1946

Though he was only 21 when he formed the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, the drummer had already played with several bands of note in both his native Liverpool and London. He did his stint with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (replaced by Mick Fleetwood), after which he played for a few months in the Jeff Beck Group before forming Retaliation.

After Retaliation he formed Blue Whale, releasing one album, he joined Frank Zappa's newly reformed Mothers of Invention. He later went on to play or record with David Bowie, Lou Reed, Herbie Mann, Mick Ronson, Jefferson Starship, White Snake, UFO, Leslie West, Pat Travers.

Dunbar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey in 2017.

3.   Bill Bruford’s Earthworks: Thud
(Iain Bellamy)
Earthworks: EG Records EGED 48
London UK
Bill Bruford: drums
Iain Bellamy: sax
Django Bates: keys, horns
Mick Hutton: bass
Produced by Dave Stewart and Bill Bruford, 1987
Recorded by Martin Rex at Terminal 24 Studios, London, October 1986
Mixed by Owen Morris and Jim Abbiss at Spaceward Studios, Cambridge UK

William Scott Bruford b. Sevenoaks Kent, May 17, 1949

Original drummer of Yes (1968: 72). Better known for his playing with King Crimson and Yes. He also performed with Gong, Genesis, UK and Earthworks. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Bruford No. 16 in its list of the "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time". He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Yes in 2017.

4.   King Crimson: 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp / McDonald / Giles / Lake / Sinfield)
In The Court of the Crimson King: Atlantic Recording Corp SD 8245
London UK
Michael Giles: drums
Greg Lake: vocal, bass
Robert Fripp: guitar
Ian McDonald: reeds, woodwinds, vibes, keys, mellotron
Pete Sinfield: words & illumination
Produced by King Crimson, 1969
Recorded by Robin Thompson at Wessex Sound Studios, London
Cover art by Barry Godber, commissioned by Pete Sinfield

Michael Rex Giles b. 1 March 1942 Waterlooville, Hampshire, England

The Giles Brothers, Peter (bass) and Michael (drums), began their career in 1960 playing in Johnny King and The Raiders,). In August 1961 they Giles joined Dave Anthony and the Rebels. They then joined Roy Phillips of The Dovers, which were a backing band for The Dowlands. During their two-year tenure, they accompanied The Dowlands on three singles which basically had no impact. The brothers quit the band in August 1963.

In 1964 they formed Trendsetters Limited  which recorded four singles. This band later changed its name to The Trend. They then formed The Brain, which released two singles in 1967. After years of gigging, they were tire out and put in an ad for a keyboard player. Robert Fripp responded and though Robert Fripp was not what they were after, the audition was a success, they relocated to London and became Giles, Giles and Fripp. They released just one studio album but never played a gig. It was released in 1968.

His drumming technique is extremely complex based on the jazz which he developed into progressive rock. Just listen to his playing on the first King Crimson album and then try playing like that. He left King Crimson after the second album and released a great album called McDonald and Giles with former King Crimson multi-instrumentalist, Ian McDonald.

5.   Cream: Politician
(Jack Bruce / Pete Brown)
Heavy Cream: RSO 2671 102
London UK
Ginger Baker: drums
Jack Bruce: bass, keys
Eric Clapton, guitars
Produced by Felix Pappalardi and Robert Stigwood, 1972
Originally produced by Felix Pappalardi, 1968
Recorded by Bill Halverson, Adrian Barber, Tom Dowd, Damon Lyon-Shaw
Originally from the LP Wheels of Fire: 1968

Peter Edward ‘Ginger’ Baker b. Lewisham UK Aug 19, 1939 / d. Oct 6, 2019 (80)

Legendary drummer (Graham Bond Organization, Cream, Alexis Korner Blues Incorporated, The Hugh Rainey Allstars, Ginger Baker’s Air Force. Although he was famous in the Rock World, he hated being called a rock drummer; he claimed that he was two parts Jazz and one part Blues. No other drummer played like him.

Being a huge inspiration for aspiring young drummers, Neil Peart’s claims that “his playing was revolutionary, extrovert, primal and inventive. He set the bar for what rock drumming could be. Every rock drummer since has been influenced in some way by Ginger – even if they don’t know it.”

6.   Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times
(Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones / John Bonham)
Led Zeppelin: Atlantic Records
London UK
John Bonham: drums
Jimmy Page: electric guitar
John-Paul Jones: bass
Robert Plant: vocals
Produced by Jimmy Page, 1969
Recorded at Olympic Studios, London Sept – Oct 1968 by Glyn Johns

John Henry Bonham b. 31 May 1948 Redditch UK – d. 25 September 1980 ( 32) Clewer, Berkshire

Bonham began learning to play at five, making a drum kit of containers and coffee tins, imitating his idols, Max Roach, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. His mother gave him a snare drum when he was ten. He received his first drum kit from his father at 15 and never looked back.

In 1964, Bonham joined his first semi-professional band, Terry Webb and the Spiders. In 1964. Bonham took up drumming full-time. Two years later, he joined A Way of Life before joining a blues band called Crawling King Snakes, whose lead singer was Robert Plant.

After the breakup of the Yardbirds in July 1968, guitarist Jimmy Page formed another band and recruited Plant, who in turn suggested Bonham. Plant had eyes on another drummer but after seeing how Bohnam played, he was convinced that he had found the perfect future Led Zeppelin drummer.

He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 while Rolling Stone ranked him first in its list of the "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time".

7.   Jimi Hendrix: Manic Depression
(Jimi Hendrix)
Are You Experienced: Reprise Records 6261
Seattle WA / London UK
Mitch Mitchell: drums
Jimi Hendrix: guitar, vocals
Noel Redding: bass
Produced by Chas Chandler, 1967
Recorded October 23, 1966 April 4, 1967, at
De Lane Lea, CBS, and Olympic Studios in London

John Graham Mitchell b. Greenwich UK 9 July 1947 – d. 12 November 2008 (61) Portland, OR
Mitch Mitchell was an early 60s session drummer of the jazz tradition.  He was heavily influenced by Elvin Jones, Max Roach, and Joe Morello. From December 1965 until October 1966, Mitchell was the drummer of Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, appearing on their 1966 album, Sweet Things. In October 1966 he auditioned for the band that Chas Chandler was putting together to back Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix and Chandler were blown away by both drummers and it took the flip of a coin to make the decision.

8.   Deep Purple: Stormbringer
(Ritchie Blackmore / David Coverdale)
Stormbringer: Warner Bros Records PR 2832
London UK
Ian Paice: drums
David Coiverdale: lead vocals
Ritchie Blackmore: lead guitar
Jon Lord: keys, bg vocals
Glenn Hughes: bass
Produced by Martin Birch and Deep Purple, 1974
Recorded at Musicland Studios, Munich GM and The Record Plant, LA
Engineered by Martin Birch, assisted by Reinhold Mack and Hans Menzel
Mastered at Kendun Recorders, Burbank CA

Ian Anderson Paice b. 29 June 1948  Nottingham, England

Paice got his first drum kit at 15 in 1963. He began his professional career in the early 1960s playing in his father's dance band. The first pop band he was in was called Georgie & the Rave-Ons, which after being renamed the Shindigs released their first single. In 1966 Paice joined the MI5, which soon changed its name to the Maze. The Maze featured vocalist Rod Evans, who alongside Paice was to form the original line-up of Deep Purple in 1968. Evans had responded to an ad for a lead singer and showed up for his audition with Ian Paice in tow. In interviews years later, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore stated: "I had looked for Ian Paice for about a year after seeing him perform in a Hamburg club. He's an incredible drummer. And he was the motor of the band". Paice's early influences include jazz and rock drummers such as Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, and Ringo Starr, and later he was inspired by the playing of Carmine Appice, Ginger Baker and Mitch Mitchell.

9.   The Nice: One of Those People
(Keith Emmerson / Lee Jackson)
Keith Emmerson With The Nice: Mercury Records SRM 2 6500
London UK
Brian Davison: drums, percussion
Keith Emmerson: keys
Lee Jackson: vocals, bass guitar
Produced by The Nice, 1970
Recorded at Trident Studios, London
Mixed at Trident Studios by Dave Hentschel and Malcom Tuft

Brian Davison aka "Blinky" b 25 May 1942 Leicester, England / d 15 April 2008 (65) Horns Cross,  Devon, England

In the late 1950s, Davison played drums in various skiffle groups in and around the youth clubs in north-west London, especially around Baker Street. He rose to prominence drumming in the 1960s in Mark Leeman Five and then progressive rock group Shinn with keyboard player Don Shinn and bassist Paul Newton (later with Uriah Heep) and finally The Nice with keyboardist Keith Emerson, guitarist David O'List and bassist Lee Jackson.

10. Emmerson, Lake & Palmer: Barbarian
(Emmerson / Lake / Palmer)
Emmerson Lake & Palmer: Cotillion SD 9040
London UK
Carl Palmer: drums, percussion
Greg Lake: bass, guitar, vocals
Keith Emmerson:  piano, clavinet, Pipe organ, Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer
Produced by Greg Lake, 1970
Recorded by Eddie Offord at Advision Studios, London

Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer b 20 March 1950, Handsworth, Birmingham, England

His first band was originally known as the King Bees, but changed its name to the Craig. In 1966, they made their first record. At this time, Palmer also did his first session work, playing on the song "Love Light" by a Liverpool group called the Chants. That same year he was then invited to join Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds. On a moment’s notice he was asked to replace Drachen Theaker who played drums with the Crazy World of Arthur Brown but left mid-tour. Palmer eventually left The Crazy World with its keyboardist, Vincent Crane & formed Atomic Rooster. He was then asked to join Emmerson, Lake and Palmer in the summer of 1970 and formed the band ‘Asia’ a decade later.

11. Fleetwood Mac: Green Manalishi
(Peter Green)
Black Magic Woman (3LP-Set): Hot Wax Productions 9043/3
Mick Fleetwood: percussion, drums
Peter Green: guitar, vocals
Jeremy Spencer: guitar, vocals, piano, percussion
Danny Kirwan: guitar, vocals
John McVie: bass guitar
Recorded by Dinky Dawson, February, 1970
Recorded live at The Boston Tea Party, 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA
Mixed by Neil Slaven

Michael John Kells Fleetwood b 24 June 1947 (74) Redruth, Cornwall, England

Keyboard player Peter Bardens (who would go on to play in Van Morrison’s band ‘Them’) lived only a few doors away from Fleetwood in London, and gave Fleetwood his first gig in Bardens' band the Cheynes in July 1963. It would take him from the Cheynes who did early gigs with the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds. Later he did stints in the Bo Street Runners. By April 1965, when Fleetwood officially joined the band, it was fading. By February 1966, Bardens, who had left the group, called on Fleetwood to join his new band, the Peter Bs, which soon expanded to become Shotgun Express (with Rod Stewart). Peter Green, who was a guitarist in the Peter Bs, then left to join John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. When they needed a new drummer, Green suggested trying Fleetwood in April 1967. His new rhythm mate would be John McVie. Fleetwood was dismissed a couple of months later for repeated drunkeness during gigs. That’s when Green decided to form Fleetwood Mac with him.

12. The Clash: I Fought The Law
(S Curtis)
The Clash: Epiic Records – 36060
London UK
Nicky Headon: drums
Mick Jones: guitars, vocals
Joe Strummer: guitars, vocals
Paul Simonon: bass      .
Produced by The Clash & Bill Price, 1977
Recorded between 10–27 February 1977 at CBS Studios in London and National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England

Nicholas Bowen Headon b 30 May 1955 (66) Bromley, Kent, England

Nicky started playing drums at an early age and was a jazz fan, citing Billy Cobham as a strong influence. In 1973, he joined progressive rock outfit Mirkwood where he stayed for a year and a half, supporting major acts such as Supertramp. He later played with a band which opened for the Temptations before joining The Clash. Clash singer/guitarist Joe Strummer is quoted as saying Headon's drumming skills were a vital part of the band. He left in 1984 due to a heroin addiction.

Side Two

RIP Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts: b. London 2 June 1941 / d. 24 August 2021 (80) London, England

As a kid he got into buying 78s of great jazz players. Jelly Roll Morton was one of his faves. His first drum was a banjo:  “I bought a banjo, and I didn't like the dots on the neck. So
I took the neck off, and at the same time I heard a drummer called Chico Hamilton, who
played with Gerry Mulligan, and I wanted to play like that, with brushes. I didn't have a snare drum, so I put the banjo head on a stand.”

His parents gave him his first drum kit in 1955. By 1961 he met Alexis Korner, who invited him to join his band, Blues Incorporated, which he did part time while working for an advertising firm. Meanwhile the newly-formed Rolling Stones who came to their gigs needed a drummer and would hound Charlie into joining but he turned them down. It took until January 1963 for Watts to agree to join The Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger was his vocalist.

1.   Rolling Stones: Brown Sugar
(Keith Richard / Mick Jagger)
Love You Live: Rolling Stones Records COC 2-9001
London UK
Charlie Watts: drums
Mick Jagger: vocal
Keith Richard: guitar, vocal
Ron Wood: guitar
Bill Wyman: bass
Produced by The Glimmer Twins. 1977
Recorded live on 6 June 1976 at Les Abattoirs, Paris
Mastered by Lee Mulko at Sterling Sound, NYC

2.   Rolling Stones: Complicated
(Keith Richards / Mick Jagger)
Between The Buttons: London Records – mono – LL-3499
London UK
Charlie Watts – drums, percussion
Mick Jagger – lead and backing vocals, percussion
Keith Richards – guitar, bass guitar, piano, organ, double bass, lead and backing vocals
Brian Jones – guitar, piano, organ, vibraphone, recorder, saxophone, electric dulcimer, percussion, oscillator, harmonica
Bill Wyman – bass guitar, double bass, organ, backing vocals      Jack Nitzsche – piano, organ, harpsichord
Ian Stewart – piano
Nick DeCaro – accordion
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, 1967
Recorded at Olympic Studios, Barnes; Pye Studios, London

3.   The Rolling Stones: Get Off My Cloud
(Jaggar / Richards)
December’s Children (And Everybody’s): London Records Mono LL 3451
London UK
Charlie Watts: drums
Mick Jagger: lead vocals
Keith Richards: rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Brian Jones: twelve-string guitar, lead guitar, electric piano
Bill Wyman: bass guitar, backing vocals
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, 1965
Recorded at RCA Studios, Hollywood CA September 25

4.   The Rolling Stones: Under My Thumb
(Keith Richards / Mick Jagger)
Aftermath: London Records LL 3476
London UK
Charlie Watts: drums
Mick Jagger: lead vocals, finger snaps, handclaps
Keith Richards: electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Brian Jones: marimba
Bill Wyman: bass guitar, fuzz bass
Ian Stewart: piano
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, 1966
Recorded by Dave Hassinger at RCA Studios, Hollywood CA

5.   Foghat: Road Fever
(Rod Price / Dave Peverett)
Foghat: Bearsville Records – BR 2136
London UK
Roger Earl: drums
Tony Stevens: bass
Rod Price: guitar, slide
Lonesome Dave Peverett: guitar, vocal
Produced by Tom Dawes, 1973

Roger Earl b. 16 May 1946 London

Roger Earl Roger began to play drums at the age of 12, took lessons for two years, and played with local bands around London while working as a commercial artist. He was a member of Savoy Brown from 1968 to 1970. Earl left Savoy Brown with Lonesome Dave Peverett to form Foghat. With the 2010 release of Last Train Home, Roger Earl became the only musician to appear on all Foghat albums. 2021 marks Foghat’s 50th anniversary.

6.   The Who: The Ox (Instrumental)
(Pete Townshend / John Entwistle / Keith Moon / Nicky Hopkins)
My Generation: DL 74664
London UK
Keith Moon: drums
Pete Townsend: guitars
John Entwhistle: bass
Nicky Hopkins: keys
Produced by Shel Talmy, 1965

Keith John Moon b 23 August 1946 Wembley,  England / d. 7 Sept 1978 (32) Mayfair, London

Moon joined his local Sea Cadet Corps band at the age of twelve on the bugle, but found the instrument too difficult to learn and decided to take up drums instead. He took lessons from one of the loudest contemporary drummers, Screaming Lord Sutch's Carlo Little, at 10 shillings per lesson. Moon's early style was influenced by jazz, American surf music and rhythm and blues. He admired Hal Blaine, Gene Krupa (whose flamboyant style he subsequently copied), Elvis Presley's original drummer DJ Fontana, and the Shadows' original drummer Tony Meehan. He couldn’t remember actually joining The Who when they were still The Escorts in 1964. Ringo Starr once asked how he had joined the band, he said he had "just been filling in for the last fifteen years." He totally changed the band’s sound with his sonic attack of the drumkit.

7.   The Small Faces: Song of a Baker
(S Marriot / R Lane)
Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake: Daffodil Records Canada SBA 16015
London UK
Kenney Jones: backing vocals, drums, percussion
Steve Marriott: lead, harmony, vocals, guitars, harmonica Hammond organ
Ronnie Lane: harmony and backing vocals, bass guitar
Ian McLagan: harmony  vocals, keyboards
Produced by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, 1968
Recorded by Glyn Johns at Olympic Studios, London; Trident Studios, London

Kenneth Thomas Jones b 16 September 1948 (72) London, England

Kenny Jones had a great career as a drummer but might be always known as the man who replaced Keith Moon in The Who.  Having previously been in a band with Ronnie Lane in the early 1960s, Jones was one of the founding members of the Small Faces. In November 1978, he was invited by Pete Townshend to join The Who, replacing the late Keith Moon. I have to agree with Roger Daltrey, who felt that Jones' drumming style was not right for the band. He appeared on albums by Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood,  Andy Fairweather-Low, Joan Armatrading,  Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, David Essex, John Lodge and Wings.

8.   The Yardbirds: The Nazz Are Blue
(Relf / Beck / Dreja / Samwell-Smith / McCarty)
Over Under Sideways Down: Capitol Records Canada T 6202
London UK
Jim McCarty: drums, backing vocals, percussion
Keith Relf: harmonica
Jeff Beck: lead guitar, lead vocals
Chris Dreja: rhythm guitar, backing vocals, piano
Paul Samwell-Smith: bass guitar, backing vocals
Produced by Simon Napier-Bell and Paul Samwell-Smith, 1966
Recorded at Advision Studios, London

James Stanley McCarty b 25 July 1943 (78) Liverpool, England

Jim McCarty is respected for the innovative drumming styles which he introduced into rock music through the Yardbirds, particularly psychedelic blues. Although not as flamboyant as his contemporaries like Keith Moon and Mitch Mitchell, McCarty’s drumming influenced others to play styles other than early rock 'n' roll. After the breakup of the Yardbirds in 1968, he formed a great prog-rock band Renaissance.

9.   Ten Years After: I’m Goin’ Home
(Alvin Lee)
Undead: Derem Records DS 18016
London UK
Ric Lee: drums
Leo Lyons: bass
Chick Churchill: keys
Alvin Lee: guitar
Produced by Mike Vernon, 1968
Recorded May 14, 1968 by Rob Baker at Klooks Kleek, Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London

Richard Lee b  20 October 1945 (75) Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England

A great jazz/rock drummer with excellent timing. He joined his first band band, The Falcons before playing with Ricky Storm and The Mansfields. He was persuaded to leave in August 1965 to take over drumming duties for a band called The Jaybirds, featuring guitarist Alvin Lee, and bassist Leo Lyons. They moved to London and changed their name from The Blues Yard to Ten Years After. He was one of the best jazz/rock drummers of that era.

10. Free: Walk In my Shadow
(Paul Rogers)
Tons of Sobs: Polydor Records 543.039
London UK
Simon Kirke: drums
Paul Rodgers: vocals
Paul Kossoff: guitars
Andy Fraser: bass guitar, piano
Produced by Guy Stevens, 1970
Recorded by Andrew Johns at Island Records Studio

Simon Frederick St George Kirke b 28 July 1949 (72) Lambeth, London, England

Simon Kirke is best known as a member of Free and Bad Company, the latter of which he has been the only continuous member since their inception. Having left school at 17, Kirke tried to get a gig as a blues drummer in London but after a couple of years, moved to Wales where he met Paul Kossoff who was playing in a band called Black Cat Bones who were searching for a drummer. It was through Kassoff that he met Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser formed Free. After the disbanding of Free in 1973, Kirke and Rodgers again teamed up to form Bad Company.

11. The Kinks: Holiday In Waikiki
(Ray Davies)
Face To Face: Pye Records NPL-30092
London UK
Mick Avory: drums
Ray Davies: guitar, vocal
Dave Davies: guitar
Pete Quaiffe: bass
Produced by Shel Talmy 1966
Recorded by Alan McKenzie & Irish at Pye Studios, London UK
Released October 28, 1966

Michael Charles Avory 15 February 1944 (77) London, UK

Avory started off as a member of the band Bobby Angelo & The Tuxedos who had a No. 30 hit with "Baby Sittin" in August 1961. After leaving that group, he was asked twice to rehearse on drums at the Bricklayers Arms pub in London in late May/early June 1962 for a group of musicians who were later to become the Rolling Stones. He joined the Kinks in January 1964, after their previous drummer Micky Willet quit. Despite his drumming abilities, early Kinks recordings (including hits such as "You Really Got Me") featured Avory on percussion as their producer Shel Talmy hired more seasoned session drummers. From 1966 until his departure as a Kink in 1984 he appeared on every Kinks album. Much like his peer, Charlie Watts, he was little noticed though he was always there. A much under-rated musician.

12. Pink Floyd: Ibiza Bar
(Wright / Mason / Waters / Gilmore)
More: Capitol Records Canada ST 6318
Cambridge UK
Nick Mason: drums, percussion
Roger Waters: bass guitar, tape effects, percussion, backing vocals
Richard Wright: Farfisa organ, Hammond M-102 spinet organ, piano, vibraphone
David Gilmour: acoustic, electric, slide, flamenco guitars, percussion, lead vocals
Produced by Pink Floyd, 1969
Recorded at Pye Studios, London

Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason b. 27 January 1944, Birmingham UK (77)

While studying architecture at the Regent Street Polytechnic, Mason helped form a band called ‘Sigma 6’, an early incarnation of Pink Floyd, with Roger Waters, Bob Klose and Richard Wright in 1964. Influenced by jazz and big band music, his style was gentler and more laid back than that of most other prog-rock drummers of the time. He was the only musician to have played on every Pink Floyd album. In 2018, Mason formed a new band, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, to perform Pink Floyd's early psychedelic material.

13. The Pogues: If I Should Fall From The Grace of God
(Shane MacGowan)
If I Should Fall From Grace With God: Island Records ISL 1175
London UK
Andrew Ranken drums, vocals
Shane MacGowan vocals, guitar
Spider Stacy tin whistle, vocals
James Fearnley accordion, piano, mandolin, dulcimer, guitar, cello, percussion
Jem Finer banjo, saxophone     
Philip Chevron guitar, mandolin
Darryl Hunt bass, percussion, vocals
Terry Woods cittern lute, concertina, strings, banjo, dulcimer, guitar, vocals
Additional personnel:
Ron Kavana banjo, spoons, mandolin
Siobhan Sheahan harp
Brian Clarke alto saxophone
Joe Cashman tenor saxophone
Paul Taylor trombone
Chris Lee trumpet
Eli Thompson trumpet
Produced by Steve Lillywhite 1988
Recorded by Chris Dickie, Roy Spong & Nick
Lacey at RAK Studios, London 1987

Andrew Ranken b November 13, 1953, Ladbroke Grove, England

Andrew began playing drums at 14. While in Art College, he played in a band called Lola Cobra and hung out at Ronnie Scotts's jazz club. When Lola Cobra split up, Andrew sold his drums to finance a hitch-hiking tour of Europe. When he came home he became the singer in the pub-rock band called The Stickers. After three years they split up and Andrew went on to form The Operation. This R'N'B Cajun band had a line-up of up to 13 people, with Andrew taking the role of lead vocal.

Andrew's neighbours in King's Cross, Shane MacGowan and Jem Finer, asked him if he wanted to play drums in a band they were putting together. and in March 1983 he became a permanent member of Pogues

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Radio Bell Island 93.9 FM                          Radio VGR
Wabana, Bell Island NL                                London/Thetford UK
Tuesdays  at 8-10 pm NT                              Tues 21:30: 23:30 GMT

Bluewater Radio CFBW 91.3 FM             VOBB The Voice of Bonne Bay
Hanover / Grey Co. ON                                Rocky Harbour & Norris Point NL         
Sundays 3-5 pm  Tuesdays 8-10 pm ET       Tuesdays 9-11 pm NT
BOIR Bay of Islands Radio                        Southern Shore Sounds
100.1 FM                                                      Internet Radio
Corner Brook, NL                                        Ferryland NL  
Thursdays  2-4 pm NT                                  Sun 8:30-10:30 pm NT

Community Radio CIOE
97.5 FM
Lower Sackville NS
Sun 5-7 pm AT