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About Mark Craney
Craney grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His father had played the drums and was a big influence on his musical career. Craney initially played with local bands, beginning with the “Vandals” and later, while living in Vermillion, South Dakota, he played with “Zero Ted”.
He played on Tommy Bolin’s last tour in 1976, Gino Vannelli’s album Brother to Brother, released in 1978 and the following tour, and with Jean-Luc Ponty on the famous Imaginary Voyage in 1976 as well as the 1980 album Civilized Evil. He also played with the band Jethro Tull from June 1980 to May 1981, on their album ‘A’ (1980) and its following tour. Craney also appeared on several tracks from Ph.D. In the mid-1990s he was the drummer for Eric Burdon’s I band.
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Taylor Hawkins, Jason McGerr, Mike Clark, John Wackerman, Peter Erskine, Mark Craney, Jamie Oldaker, Chad Sexton, Travis Smith, Tennessee Thomas, Brad Pemberton, Vinnie Fiorello, Ginger Baker, Paul John Jr., Ian Paice, David Garibaldi
Modern Drummer recently chatted with longtime Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry while doing research for an article on drummer Dean Zimmer. Perry spoke at length about his relationship with Zimmer as well as his great friendship with the late, great Mark Craney, who, in addition to preceding Perry in Tull, …