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Famous Drummers from England

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List of notable or famous drummers from England, with bios and photos, including the top drummers born in England and even some popular drummers who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English drummers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These drummers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known drummer from England is included when available.

List ranges from John Bonham to Paul McCartney, plus much more.

This historic drummers from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English drummers of note?" and "Who are the most famous drummers from England?" These prominent drummers of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English drummers.

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    Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer, Television director, + more
    • Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Yellow Submarine, Spies Like Us, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Help!, + more
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    Keith John Moon was an English drummer who played with the English rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. In 2011, Moon was voted the second-greatest drummer in history by a Rolling Stone readers' poll. His drumming continues to be ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1946-1978)
    • Birthplace: Wembley, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Model, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Woodstock, Tommy, The Kids Are Alright, Sextette, 200 Motels, + more
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    Richard Starkey Jr., MBE, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. On most of the band's albums, he sang lead vocals for one song, including "With a Little Help from My Friends", ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, England
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Robin Hood, A Hard Day's Night, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Yellow Submarine, Caveman, + more
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    John Henry Bonham was an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin. Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast bass-drumming, distinctive sound, and "feel" for the groove. He is considered one of the greatest rock drummers. Rolling Stone readers named him "best ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1948-1980)
    • Birthplace: Redditch, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Drummer, Percussionist
    • Credits: The Song Remains the Same, Led Zeppelin: Complete Rock Case Studies
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    Roger Taylor
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    Roger Andrew Taylor is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band Duran Duran from their inception until 1985, and again from 2001 onwards, the band selling in excess of 70 million records in the process.more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Nechells, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Musician, Drummer
    • Credits: Arena
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    Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of Pink Floyd. He is the only constant member of the band since its formation in 1965. Despite solely writing only a few Pink Floyd songs, Mason has co-written some of Pink Floyd's most popular compositions ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Edgbaston, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Musician, Author, Drummer, Composer
    • Credits: More, Pink Floyd: Pulse, The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story, La Carrera Panamericana, Classic Albums: Pink Floyd – The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon, + more
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    Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker is an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. Baker's work in the 1960s earned him praise as "rock's first superstar drummer", although his individual style melded a jazz background with his personal interest in African rhythms. Baker is an inductee ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Drummer
    • Credits: Cucumber Castle, Gonks Go Beat, The Cream of Eric Clapton, Blind Faith: London Hyde Park: 1969, Cream: Classic Artists, + more
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    Peter John Cox is an English singer-songwriter, best known as one half of the 1980s pop/blue-eyed soul duo Go West.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Surrey, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Drummer, Singer
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    Peter Gill is an English musician. Also known by the nicknames "Pedro" or "Ped", he was the drummer with 1980s pop band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. FGTH enjoyed huge success in 1984 but had split by 1987, and then re-formed in 2004. Gill also formed Ltd. Noise with Paul Fishman, the former keyboardist ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Musician, Drummer
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    Roger Meddows Taylor
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    Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer of the rock band Queen, but has also served as occasional songwriter and lead vocalist. As a drummer, he is renowned for his unique sound and is considered one of the most ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Dersingham, England
    • Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Drummer, Composer, + more
    • Credits: We Will Rock You, Greatest Video Hits 2, Greatest Video Hits 1, Queen at Wembley, Red Hot Rock, + more
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    Charlie Watts
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    Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts is an English drummer, best known as a member of The Rolling Stones. He is also the leader of an eponymous jazz band, a record producer, commercial artist, and horse breeder.more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Drummer, + more
    • Credits: Gimme Shelter, Stones in Exile, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, Sympathy for the Devil, Stones at the Max, + more
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    Steve Jones
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    Steve Jones is an actor.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, Actor, Drummer, + more
    • Credits: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, The Filth and the Fury, The Promotion, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, Ladies and Gentlemen, + more
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    Will Champion
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    William "Will" Champion is an English musician and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the drummer and backing vocalist of the alternative rock band Coldplay.more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Southampton, England
    • Profession: Musician, Drummer, Percussionist, Multi-instrumentalist
    • Credits: Coldplay: XYZ: The Story Behind
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    Robert Wyatt is an English musician, and founding member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine, with a long and distinguished solo career. He is married to English painter and songwriter Alfreda Benge.more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Bristol, England
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Drummer, Composer, Singer, + more
    • Credits: David Gilmour in Concert, Remember That Night, A Lax Riddle Unit, The Animals Film, A Place in the World
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    Robbie McIntosh
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    Robbie McIntosh is an English guitarist. McIntosh is well known as a session guitarist and member of The Pretenders from 1982 until 1987. In 1988 he began doing session guitar work for Paul McCartney joining his band full-time until early 1994. He continues to do session work and has performed both as a ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: London Borough of Sutton, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Guitarist, Drummer
    • Credits: Where the Light Is
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    Paul Cook
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    Paul Thomas Cook is an English drummer and member of the punk rock band Sex Pistols.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Drummer
    • Credits: The Filth and the Fury, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, + more
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    Christopher John Dyke Acland was an English musician. He was the drummer of the London-based shoegazing and Britpop band Lush.more

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    • Age: Died at 30 (1966-1996)
    • Birthplace: Lancaster, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Musician, Drummer
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    Alan Charles Wilder is a British musician, formerly of Depeche Mode. His current musical project is called Recoil, started as a side project to Depeche Mode. When he left the latter in 1995, it became Wilder's primary project. Wilder has also provided production and remixing services to the bands Nitzer ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Musician, Drummer, Composer, Keyboard player
    • Credits: 101, Always Outnumbered, Devotional, Depeche Mode: The Videos 86>98, Some Great Videos, + more
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    Rick Buckler
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    Rick Buckler, is the English former drummer of The Jam, an English rock band that enjoyed considerable success in the United Kingdom from 1977 until disbanding in 1982. Although spearheaded by the songwriter Paul Weller, the rhythm section of Buckler on drums and Bruce Foxton on bass guitar were an ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Woking, England
    • Profession: Drummer
    • Credits: From the Jam: A 1st Class Return: Live at the Forum London
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    Chris Slade is a Welsh rock drummer. He is best known for being the drummer for AC/DC from 1989 to 1994, performing on their 1990 album The Razors Edge, and returning to the band as a touring member in February 2015. He has also played with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Tom Jones, Toomorrow, the Firm, and ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Pontypridd, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Drummer
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