(1940 – 2009)
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(1940 – 2009)
This is an online obituary in memory of Bobby Graham. Bobby Graham (11 March 1940 â€“ 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." Drummer Bobby Graham, who played on some of the best-known hits of the 1960s, died at the age of 69. Graham was heard on number one singles by The Kinks, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield, and said he appeared on a total of 40 UK top five hits. Graham also claimed The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein asked him to join the band after Pete Best left in 1962. But Graham said he told Epstein: "Why would want to join
a band in Liverpool that nobody's ever heard of?" The band ended up recruiting Ringo Starr before finding global fame, while Graham became one of the most prolific and respected session drummers in Britain. Graham's website said he performed on songs including Petula Clark's Downtown, Englebert Humperdinck's Release Me and The Kinks' You Really Got Me. Other notable appearances included Dusty Springfield's I Only Want To Be With You, Tom Jones' Green, Green Grass of Home and the Walker Brothers' Make It Easy On Yourself. 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 also toured the UK as drummer in his own jazz band. He died of stomach cancer on 14th September 2009. This tribute to Bobby Graham is to honour his life and his achievements.
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