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Andrew “Andy” Newmark (born July 14, 1950) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the influential funk band Sly & the Family Stone from 1972 to 1973.

Hired to replace Gerry Gibson, who in turn had replaced founding Family Stone member Gregg Errico, Newmark was invited to audition for Sly Stone by Family Stone saxophonist Pat Rizzo. Newmark went on to record one album as the Family Stone’s drummer, Fresh (1973) and performed with the band for two years in live concert as well.

After leaving the band in 1974, Newmark has performed and recorded with many top musical artists of the 1970s and 1980s, including John Lennon, Joe Walsh, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, George Harrison, Rickie Lee Jones, Patrick Moraz, Randy Newman, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Ronnie Wood[2], Roxy Music, ABC, Laura Nyro, Elkie Brooks, Sting, and George Benson. He is featured on Carly Simon’s 1971 album Anticipation and Gary Wright’s 1975 album Dream Weaver. In 1980, he was the sole drummer on John Lennon’s last album, Double Fantasy, as well as Milk and Honey released in 1984. He was also the featured drummer on Yoko Ono’s Seasons of Glass in 1981, along with most of the session musicians who played on Double Fantasy.

Andy is a Patron and visiting artist at drum and percussion school, Drumtech in London.

Recently, Andy has performed with Bryan Ferry on his latest world tour, playing in Australia, Russia and England, to name but a few.

Drums on Judie Tzuke Songs 2 album 2008 and drums on Bailey Tzuke album 2008.

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