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Birth name  Robert Francis Neate
Name  Bobby Graham
Website  www.bobbygraham.co.uk

Years active  1960sā€“2009
Instruments  Drums
Role  Drummer

Born  11 March 1940 Edmonton, North London, England (1940-03-11)
Occupation(s)  Session musician, drummer
Died  September 14, 2009, Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
Albums  The Cool Mikado, Crazy Drums/Crazy Drummer
Music groups  The Outlaws (1960 ā€“ 1961), The John Barry Seven
Similar People  Vic Flick, Mick Underwood, Les Reed, Chas Hodges, Ritchie Black

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Bobby Graham (11 March 1940 ā€“ 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."

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Biography

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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.

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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.

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

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He died of stomach cancer in September 2009 at the Isabel Hospice, Welwyn Garden City.

Recording credits

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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
  • Literature

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

    Bobby Graham (musician) Wikipedia


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