READ Famous Drummers from England

Reference
6.3k views 159 items

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)

1
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Paul McCartney age 75 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 ...more

2
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Keith Moon Died at 32 (1946-1978) 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 ...more

3
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Ringo Starr age 77 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 ...more

4
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Drummers from England
John Bonham Died at 32 (1948-1980) 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 ...more

5
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Roger Taylor age 57 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 ...more

6
Nick Mason is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Nick Mason age 74 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. ...more

7
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Ginger Baker age 78 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 ...more

8
Peter Cox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Peter Cox age 62 Peter John Cox is an English singer-songwriter, best known as one half of the 1980s pop/blue-eyed soul duo Go West.

9
Peter Gill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Peter Gill age 54 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 ...more

10
Roger Meddows Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Roger Meddows Taylor age 68 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 ...more

11
Charlie Watts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Charlie Watts age 76 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 ...more

12
Steve Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Steve Jones age 62 Steve Jones is an actor.

The Best Living English Actors

13
Will Champion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Will Champion age 39 William "Will" Champion is an English musician and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the drummer and backing vocalist of the alternative rock band Coldplay.

14
Robert Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Robert Wyatt age 73 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 ...more

15
Robbie McIntosh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Robbie McIntosh age 60 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 ...more

16
Paul Cook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Paul Cook age 61 Paul Thomas Cook is an English drummer and member of the punk rock band Sex Pistols.

17
Chris Acland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Chris Acland Died at 30 (1966-1996) Christopher John Dyke Acland was an English musician. He was the drummer of the London-based shoegazing and Britpop band Lush.

The Best Actresses Working Today

18
Alan Wilder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Alan Wilder age 58 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 ...more

19
Rick Buckler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Rick Buckler age 62 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 ...more

20
Chris Slade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Chris Slade age 71 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 ...more

21
John Steel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Drummers from England
John Steel age 77 John Steel is an English musician well known for being the drummer for the band, the Animals. Having served as the band's drummer at its inception in 1963, he is the only original bandmember ...more

22
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Cozy Powell Died at 51 (1947-1998) Colin Flooks, better known as Cozy Powell, was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath. Powell had ...more

Families with Multiple Gay Children

23
Jamie Cullum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Jamie Cullum age 38 Jamie Cullum is an English jazz-pop singer-songwriter. Though he is primarily a vocalist/pianist he also accompanies himself on other instruments including guitar and drums. Since April 2010, he ...more

24
Brian Bennett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Brian Bennett age 78 Brian Laurence Bennett OBE is an English drummer, pianist, composer, arranger and record producer of popular music. He is best known as the drummer of the UK rock and roll group, The Shadows. He ...more

25
Jon Hiseman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Jon Hiseman age 73 Jon Hiseman is an English drummer, recording engineer, record producer and music publisher.

26
Philip Selway is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Philip Selway age 50 Philip James "Phil" Selway is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the drummer of English rock group Radiohead. In addition to drums, he provides backing vocals, ...more

27
Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Ian Paice age 69 Ian Anderson Paice is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the English Rock band Deep Purple. As of Jon Lord's departure in 2002, he is the only continuous member of the band, and ...more

Famous Men Who Married Much Younger Women

28
Al Murray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Al Murray age 49 Alastair James Hay "Al" Murray, is an English comedian and TV personality well known for his stand-up persona and quick repartee. His best-known character is "The Pub ...more

29
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Bill Bruford age 68 William Scott "Bill" Bruford is an English drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, and record label owner. He was the original drummer for the progressive rock group Yes, from ...more

30
Tristan Fry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Tristan Fry age 77 Tristan Frederick Allan Fry is a British drummer and percussionist. Fry began his career by joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra as a timpanist at the age of 17. He was a founder member of ...more

31
Barriemore Barlow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Barriemore Barlow age 68 Barrie "Barriemore" Barlow is an English musician, best known as the drummer and percussionist for the rock band Jethro Tull, from May 1971 to June 1980. Christened Barrie, the ...more

32
Tony Crombie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Tony Crombie Died at 74 (1925-1999) Anthony John "Tony" Crombie was an English jazz drummer, pianist, bandleader and composer. He was regarded as one of the finest jazz drummers and bandleaders, and occasional but very ...more

Celebrities Who Live in Los Feliz

33
Jason Cooper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Jason Cooper age 51 Jason Toop Cooper is an English musician best known for his work with The Cure.

34
Chris Cutler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Chris Cutler age 71 Chris Cutler is an English percussionist, composer, lyricist and music theorist. Best known for his work with English avant-rock group Henry Cow, Cutler was also a member and drummer of other ...more

35
Martin Gilks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Martin Gilks Died at 41 (1965-2006) Martin Richard Gilks was an English musician. He was a founder member and original drummer for The Wonder Stuff, based in Stourbridge. Gilks who was born in Stourbridge, was originally the ...more

36
Mitch Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Mitch Mitchell Died at 61 (1947-2008) John Ronald "Mitch" Mitchell was an English drummer who was best known for his work in the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

37
Jim Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Jim Capaldi Died at 61 (1944-2005) Nicola James "Jim" Capaldi was an English musician and songwriter. His musical career lasted more than four decades. He co-founded Traffic in Birmingham with Steve Winwood, and the ...more

Which Things Do People Often Think They're Good At (But Definitely Aren't)?

38
Chris Curtis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Chris Curtis Died at 64 (1941-2005) Chris Curtis was an English drummer and singer with the 1960s pop band, The Searchers. He originated the concept behind Deep Purple and formed the band in its original incarnation of

39
Penny Rimbaud is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Penny Rimbaud age 74 Jeremy John Ratter is better known as Penny Rimbaud. He is a writer, poet, philosopher, painter, musician and activist. He was a former member of the performance art groups EXIT and Ceres ...more

40
Dave Clark is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Dave Clark age 75 David 'Dave' Clark is an English musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the leader and drummer of the 1960s beat group The Dave Clark Five, the first British Invasion band to follow ...more

41
Alan White is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Alan White age 68 Alan White is an English rock drummer and songwriter best known for his work with the progressive rock band Yes. White was also a member of the Plastic Ono Band, playing live in 1969 at the ...more

42
Gary Husband is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Gary Husband age 57 Gary Husband is a British jazz and rock drummer, pianist and bandleader. He is best known for his emotive and dynamic style on both his primary instruments, the keyboards and the drums. He is ...more

American Celebs Who Were in British Commercials

43
Oscar Harrison is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Oscar Harrison age 52 Oscar Lloyd Harrison is an English musician who currently plays drums with Birmingham-based band Ocean Colour Scene, where he gained prominence. He also plays piano and bass guitar, and ...more

44
Daniel Woodgate is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Daniel Woodgate age 57 Daniel "Dan" Mark Woodgate is an English musician, songwriter, and producer. He gained fame as the drummer for the Ska/pop band, Madness and was also a member of the rock band, Voice ...more

45
Tony Meehan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Tony Meehan Died at 62 (1943-2005) Daniel Joseph Anthony "Tony" Meehan was a founder member of the British group The Shadows with Jet Harris, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch. He played drums on early Cliff Richard and The ...more

46
Aynsley Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Aynsley Dunbar age 72 Aynsley Thomas Dunbar is an English drummer. He has worked with some of the top names in rock, including Nils Lofgren, Eric Burdon, John Mayall, Frank Zappa, Ian Hunter, Lou Reed, Jefferson ...more

47
Carl Palmer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Carl Palmer age 68 Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer is an English drummer and percussionist. He is credited as one of the most respected rock drummers to emerge from the 1960s. In addition, Palmer is a veteran of a ...more

48
Graeme Edge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Graeme Edge age 77 Graeme Charles Edge is an English musician best known as the drummer and a songwriter for the English band, The Moody Blues. Edge is the only remaining original member of The Moody Blues still ...more

49
Nick Hodgson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Drummers from England
Nick Hodgson age 40 Nicholas James David Hodgson is a drummer, backing vocalist, and lyricist, formerly of English indie band Kaiser Chiefs. He attended St. Mary's Menston with Nick Baines and Simon Rix. He then ...more

50
B.J. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Drummers from England
B.J. Wilson Died at 43 (1947-1990) Barrie James Wilson was an English rock drummer. He was best known as a member of Procol Harum for the majority of their original career from 1967 to 1977.