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Richard Bailey


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Guyanese-born Richard Bailey started his drumming career in Trinidad at the
age of nine, sitting in on percussion, drums and even bass guitar with his
elder brother Robert’s ( Robert Bailey, keyboard -OSIBISA) group, the top band in Trinidad and Tobago at that time. He also accompanied Robert, who
played Hammond organ, to perform TV/Live concerts as a duo.

At twelve years old Richard’s family moved to London where Richard went to

school, sitting in on occasional gigs in his spare time, but while at school
Richard also excelled in athletics, becoming Southern England school champ
at 100 metres. His father, Emmanuel McDonald Bailey had held the world
record for the 100 yards and won an Olympic Bronze for England.

Even so, Richard decided to leave school at fifteen to play drums, leaving
behind athletics.

By the time he was sixteen he was recording and touring the UK and USA with
Johnny Nash and the great Bob Marley. By eighteen he had recorded Jeff
Beck’s biggest selling album “Blow By Blow” (1975, Epic/Sony Japan) to critical acclaim and appeared on the film soundtrack “Tommy” alongside Pete Townsend, Phil Chen and Roger Daltrey.

The next decade saw many recordings and tours varying in style from Rock to
Reggae to Jazz to Pop and Latin including two world tours with Billy Ocean
and Basia.

Richard occupied the drumseat with the the excellent British acid

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