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Brian Laurence Bennett OBE, (born 9 February 1940, in Palmers Green, North London, England) is a drummer, pianist, composer, arranger and record producer of popular music. He is best known as the drummer of the UK rock and roll group, The Shadows.

Educated at Hazlewood School, Palmers Green, London and Winchmore Hill School. He finished school at the age of sixteen to play drums in a Ramsgate skiffle group performing for holiday makers. After returning to London he became the in-house drummer at The 2i’s Coffee Bar in Soho and was a regular on Jack Good’s TV show Oh Boy!

He then became a member of Marty Wilde’s Wildcats in 1959. After a successful period with the Wildcats, during which he appeared on their instrumental record without Wilde (recorded as the Krew Kats), “Trambone”, he backed Tommy Steele for some of his London stage performances, and then in October 1961 he joined Cliff Richard and The Shadows as the replacement for Tony Meehan.

He stayed with the group throughout all of their subsequent line-ups, and in May 2005 took part in The Shadows’ European tour. During a show in Reykjavik, Iceland he sustained what was thought to be a minor injury to a finger. A splinter from a drumstick pierced under his fingernail on his right hand, he removed it with a pair of old pliers and applied a plaster. A few days later after arriving in Paris, France he was in so much pain he called a doctor. The doctor diagnosed a bad infection and recommended Bennett go to hospital immediately. Thinking it would be a short visit he attended only to find out that it would involve a minor, but very painful, operation to remove the poison.


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  • culturedeluxe

    Love a bit of Brian - have been playing Holy Mackerel! on repeat today as it's the start of the rugby season (and, frankly, his theme is the best thing about rugby).

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • bochka69

    Brian Bennett is a musical GENIUS!!

    14 Dec 2010 Reply
  • RickThunder

    This guy is a very very underrated genious. I'm amazed with his music.

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • synapsenkitzler

    Solstice = big love

    12 Sep 2010 Reply
  • NicDowse

    is this the brian bennett of 'voyage' fame? voyage is unreal. chain reaction is some of the sweetest cosmic disco ever.

    27 May 2010 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    wow what a cupcake

    5 Mar 2010 Reply
  • WC_No_7

    Brian ,take us to the moon !!!

    12 Feb 2009 Reply

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