|Years active 1968â€“present|
Name Ronnie Caryl
Associated acts Phil Collins
|Born 10 February 1953 (age 62)
Liverpool, England (1953-02-10) |
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano
Genres Blues, Rock music, Pop music
Similar People Flaming Youth, Amy Keys, Harry Kim, Daryl Stuermer, David Hentschel
Ronnie Caryl - Biography
Ronnie Caryl (born 10 February 1953, Liverpool) is an English musician. Over the years Caryl has worked alongside Phil Collins, plus David Hentschel, Michel Polnareff, Lulu, Stephen Bishop, Eric Clapton, Gary Brooker, Maggie Bell and John Otway.
Caryl started his professional musical career in 1969 as the bassist with the rock group, Flaming Youth. In this short-lived band on drums was Caryl's friend Phil Collins, for whom Caryl was best man at his first wedding. In 1970, they both auditioned for Genesis and whilst Collins obtained the job as drummer, Caryl was unsuccessful and after a brief stint with Mick Barnard on guitar, Steve Hackett was recruited as a permanent replacement lead guitarist for Anthony Phillips.
Caryl went on to play in some other bands, including Sanctuary in 1972, with whom he recorded an unreleased album. By the following year he joined the jazz rock outfit, Zox & the Radar Boys, including Peter Banks, Mike Piggott and Phil Collins.
He moved to France in 1995 with his wife Melanie.
In 1996, Caryl became an official member of Collins's group as a backing vocalist and rhythm guitarist. As well as work with Collins, Caryl has also performed alongside David Hentschel, Michel Polnareff, Lulu, Stephen Bishop, Eric Clapton, Gary Brooker, Maggie Bell and John Otway.
Caryl has released two solo albums, Leave A Light On (1994) and One Step At A Time (2003).