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Kenny Clare

The British drummer much in demand tells how he broke into the world of best paid gigs, what demands are imposed by red light playing, and what the cost is to nerves and family life.

Born 8 June 1929, London, England, d. 21 December 1984.

Clare played drums as a teenager and in 1949 joined the popular broadcasting danceband led by Oscar Rabin. In 1954 he moved over to the Jack Parnell band for a while before settling into the Johnny Dankworth orchestra. He was with Dankworth until the early '60s, when he joined Ted Heath. During this period he also recorded with a band he co-led with fellow drummer Ronnie Stephenson. Later in the decade, he became a member of the Clarke-Boland Big Band. From 1972 he worked with many bands, large and small, played in studio orchestras for recording sessions, television and radio programmes, and on film soundtracks.

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