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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.

Use this list of renowned English drummers to discover some new drummers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (159 items)
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Drummers from England
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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: 73

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer Television director, + more

Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, American Hustle, Vanilla Sky

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#7 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#57 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#10 on The Best Singers of All Time

#85 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Drummers from England
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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: The Kids Are Alright, Monterey Pop, Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 1970, The Who's Tommy the Amazing Journey

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#8 on The Greatest Rock Stars Who Died Before 40

#11 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

#12 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#5 on The Best Drummers of All Time

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Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Drummers from England
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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 ...more

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Age: 75

Birthplace: Liverpool, Eurasia, Lancashire, North West England United Kingdom, + more

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer Cinematographer, + more

Credits: George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Thomas & Friends, The Last Waltz, The Concert for Bangladesh

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#92 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#13 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

#88 on The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band

#30 on The Best Drummers of All Time

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John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Drummers from England
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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: Argo, The Fighter, Ocean's Twelve, The Big Short

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#5 on The Greatest Rock Stars Who Died Before 40

#9 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

#46 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#1 on The Best Drummers of All Time

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Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Drummers from England
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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: 55

Birthplace: Nechells, United Kingdom

Profession: Musician, Drummer

Credits: Arena

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#47 on The Best Drummers of All Time

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Nick Mason is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Drummers from England
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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: 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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#16 on The Best Drummers of All Time

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Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Drummers from England
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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 ...more

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Age: 76

Birthplace: Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Drummer

Credits: Casino, Fresh Cream - Live, Cucumber Castle, Beware of Mr. Baker

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#6 on The Best Drummers of All Time

#37 on The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

#15 on The Best Singing Drummers

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Peter Cox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Drummers from England
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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: 60

Birthplace: Surrey, United Kingdom

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Drummer, Singer

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