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Bobby Graham (musician)

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Bobby Graham 11 March 1940 – 14 September 2009 was an English session drummer, composer, arranger and record producer Shel Talmy, who produced The Kinks, David Bowie and The Who, described Graham as "the greatest drummer the UK has ever produced"


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Death
  • 3 Recording credits
  • 4 Literature
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Born Robert Francis Neate at North Middlesex Hospital, Edmonton, North London, England, Graham became a member of The Outlaws and worked with Joe Meek He left to join work with Joe Brown in 1961 Graham was a part of the British elite session team comparable to the American "Wrecking Crew" made up of artists such as Big Jim Sullivan, Vic Flick and Jimmy Page

Graham played on 13 number one singles, including those by The Dave Clark Five, Englebert Humperdinck, Peter and Gordon, Jackie Trent, The Kinks, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield, and appeared on a total of 40 UK top five hits 10 number two hits; 4 number 3 hits; 6 number 4 hits; 7 number five hits; 107 top 50 hits - 1155 days in the charts In a discography that counts approximately 15,000 titles, he played on hits by John Barry, Shirley Bassey, Joe Cocker, Billy Fury, Herman's Hermits, Benny Hill, Rod Stewart, Dave Berry, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, Chubby Checker, Petula Clark, Brenda Lee, Lulu, Brian Poole & The Tremeloes, The Pretty Things, PJ Proby, Van Morrison, Them, The Walker Brothers, and Marianne Faithfull

Graham also toured the UK as drummer in his own jazz band


On 14 September 2009, Bobby Graham died at the Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England after battling stomach cancer for five months He was 69

Recording credits

Graham played on over 15,000 titles, including:

  • "You Really Got Me", "All Day And All Of The Night" and "Tired of Waiting" by The Kinks
  • "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" by The Animals
  • "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" by Rod Stewart
  • "Downtown" by Petula Clark
  • "Green Green Grass of Home" by Tom Jones
  • "Gloria" and "Baby Please Don't Go" by Them ft Van Morrison
  • "I Only Want to Be with You" by Dusty Springfield
  • "I Believe" by The Bachelors
  • "Is It True" by Brenda Lee Produced by Mickie Most in 1964
  • Glad All Over and Bits and Pieces by The Dave Clark Five


  • Patrick Harrington: The Session Man Broom House Publishing Ltd, 12 Nov 2004 - ISBN 0-9549142-0-1


  1. ^ "UK's king of drums dies at 69" Expresscouk 2009-09-15 Retrieved 2011-10-16 
  2. ^ a b "Bobby Graham career" Bobbygrahamcouk Archived from the original on 30 September 2011 Retrieved 16 October 2011 
  3. ^ "Kinks and Tom Jones drummer dies" BBC News 2009-09-17 Retrieved 2011-10-16 
  4. ^ Herrington and Graham, The Session Man: The story of Bobby Graham, the UK's greatest session drummer, Broom House Publishing Limited, Monmouthshire, 2004 p 9
  5. ^ Herrington, Patric and Bobby Graham, The Session Man: The Story of Bobby Graham, the UK's greatest session drummer, Broom House, Raglan, 2004, p 129

External links

  • Official website

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