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Bill Lordan


By all accounts, Bill Lordan's drumming career practically happened by accident. His 6th grade teacher Sister Thomas- Martin, asked the class "Who wants to learn how to play the drums after school?" Bill was the third student to raise his hand and his teachers rudimentary lesson was just the spark that young Bill needed to make a career out of drumming.

Bill later joined the Elks Ames Drum and Bugle Corps and marched in the prestigious Aquatennial Parade. By age 13 Bill was already performing on stage with bands in and around his hometown of Minneapolis. In the Summer of 1964 Bill was playing with his first big soul band called the Amazers, with a new friend on bass - Willie Weeks. A few years later, Bill was asked to join the Esquires and did quite a bit of touring up and down the Atlantic coastline. That same year the band received a gold record for the LP "Get Up and Get Away". The next year, Bill met up with his pal Willie Weeks once again and decided to join the group The Mystics - a great band featuring a horn section. In fact, they won a Connie Music Award that year, an honor bestowed to the State's best talent.


It was at this time that Bill and Willie had the chance to meet and jam with Jimi Hendrix. The two were invited to New York City to jam at the infamous Cafe Au-Go-Go in Greenwich Village for the sessions.

Bill then joined Gypsy from 1970-1973. Releasing three albums during that period ("Antithesis", "In the Garden", and "Unlock the Gates"), Gypsy was often described as a band ahead of it's time - and now, years later, still has a cult following.


Bill went to the West coast to find session work and met Bobby Womack and Ike & Tina Turner, when he was discovered by Sly Stone, he was immediately recruited as part of the Family Stone for their "Small Talk" LP in 1974. The subsequent touring carried him around the world but Bill's fondest memory is Sly's wedding on-stage at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Around this time, a guitarist named Robin Trower was looking for a new drummer and Bill jumped at the chance. "I knew it was perfect for me" he says and beat out 35 other drummers to get the job. Bill came into the band and recorded the "For Earth Below" album in 1974 and stayed with the band for 10 years. The constant touring and hard work paid off. Many of these recordings are considered classics and have turned into Gold or Platinum RIAA Awards. Bill's last album with Robin Trower was "BLT" with Jack Bruce (from Eric Clapton's Cream)

After criss-crossing the planet many times, Bill decided to take some needed time off. But within a year he found himself back behind the kit for special projects and recording sessions. Bill played with the likes of Fortress, Darrell Mansfield, Lost Angeles and Spellbinder to name just a few and even jammed with Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and his band Alcatraz.

By the mid-90's Bill was playing and recording steadily with the Dave Steffen Band and then provided the drumming on the CD "Live Your Dream" by Charlie Souza. Bill then started a brand new project called The Bill Lordan Experiment (BLX) featuring guitarist Eric Turner. The project has produced four CD's including "Emotional Blackmail", "Here Comes The Storm", "BLX Live at the Coach House" and currently "The Best of BLX" which contains Bills best work including an extended drum solo, a live cut from the TV show Soul Train with Sly and the Family Stone as well as a Robin Trower cut that was recorded live in concert from one of their many world tours. BLX is rooted in blues and rock and is bound to please many ardent fans of his drumming technique.

Contact Bill at: lordanbill [@] yahoo.com

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