Joe Cocker

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Spooky Tooth/Only Ones Drummer Mike Kellie Passes

Mike Kellie, center, as he appeared on the cover of Spooky Tooth’s 1969 sophomore album, Spooky Two. Similar to contemporaries like Argent and the Moody Blues, Spooky Tooth expanded upon its early rhythm-and-blues sound to include proto-progressive-rock concepts, and all…

Modern Drummer
Jan 20, 2017

On the Beat With Lynn Coulter of Rita Coolidge: On the Road With the Delta Lady

Hello “On the Beat” readers, Lynn Coulter here. I just got back from two weeks out with the fabulous Rita Coolidge doing dates in the New England area. Rita just released her memoir, Delta Lady. It’s a great read if…

Modern Drummer
Jul 5, 2016

Mad Dogs & Dominos to Perform at the Highline Ballroom

  Mad Dogs & Dominos (formerly 'Delaney and Bonnie and Their Famous Friends') Featuring an all-star tribute to the music and musical tree of Delaney & Bonnie, Derek and the Dominos, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, Leon Russell, and their creative roots.…

Modern Drummer
Jan 7, 2013

Charley Drayton: The All-Around Natural

By the time he was five, Charley Drayton knew exactly what he wanted to do in life. Born in Brooklyn, New York, into a successful musical family, Charley spent his childhood watching his dad, Bernard, work in recording studios. “I’d…

Modern Drummer
Sep 14, 2010

The Greats: Jeff Porcaro

Jeff Porcaro was born on April 1, 1954, in Hartford, Connecticut. After moving to California with his family, he took an interest in drumming at an early age and began studying with his dad, Joe, who remains a well-known studio…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2010

Bernard Purdie: Funky Hit Maker For The Ages

Bernard “Pretty” Purdie was born on June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland, the eleventh of fifteen children. Bernard took an interest in rhythm at a very young age, and by the time he was fourteen he’d purchased his first real…

Modern Drummer
Mar 17, 2010

The Greats: Jim Keltner

Jim Keltner is inarguably a true studio drum god. Highly regarded for his session work on solo recordings by three of the Beatles, Jim could also be considered a close life-long friend of George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr.…

Modern Drummer
Mar 8, 2010

Jack Bruno: Staying Power

Story and Photos by Sayre Berman Relationships these days are tough—for whatever the reason that sense of commitment of "I'm in this for the long haul" just doesn't seem to be there as much as it used to be. So…

Modern Drummer
May 1, 2009