began playing drums in the 60's, being heavily influenced by The Beatles / Stones / Who / Cream / Hendrix, turning pro in 1968. During this time he played with a few bands, mainly in Europe, joining Steamhammer in 1972 who enjoyed some success in Germany. Through the 70's he played with many artists and did many sessions for albums, TV and radio, also playing in West End musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar.
From 1979 to 1988 John was a member of Manfred Mann's Earth Band which was a very successful period for them, achieving number one albums and sell out tours in Europe. During any down-time with Manfred, John continued studio work and tours with other artists.
Through the 90's, John was mainly playing with Roger Chapman & The Shortlist. Also during this period John was in a band with guitarist Geoff Whitehorn, working forMarshall Amplification as a demonstrator, playing at the musical tradeshows. Near the end of the 90's John joined The Company of Snakes, a band comprising of ex-Whitesnake members Moody, Marsden and Murray and Don Airey. After a couple of albums and great reviews the band split up. After this John returned to play with Roger Chapman with whom he still plays today.
Some of the artists John has worked with...
Live, Albums etc.:
Arthur Brown, Elkie Brooks, Barbara Dickson, Rick Astley, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Brook Benton, Stomu Yamashta's East Wind, Chris Farlowe, The Pirates, Chris Jagger, Tony Ashton, Deniece Williams, Paul Young, Leo Sayer, Maddy Prior, Dave Greenslade, Slash (Guns &Roses), Roger Chapman, Manfred Mann's Earth Band , Status Quo... West End Musicals:
Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, the Rocky Horror Show