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  Bruce Rowland


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BIRTHDAY
Event Date:
Monday, May 22 (This event repeats every year)


Bruce Rowland

Bruce Rowland, born May 22, 1941 in Park Royal, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom, was an English rock drummer and session musician best known for his work with The Grease Band (Joe Cocker's backing band) and the folk rock band, Fairport Convention.

In 1968, Rowland played drums on the Wynder K. Frog album, Out of the Frying Pan, and the following year joined The Grease Band, backing Joe Cocker and performing with him at the legendary Woodstock Festival. He went on to record Cocker's second album, Joe Cocker!, and on the UK top ten hit single, "Delta Lady".

Cocker and the Grease Band parted ways in 1970, however Rowland stayed with group, playing drums on the albums The Grease Band and Amazing Grease.

Throughout the 70s, Rowland played drums on numerous recording sessions, including albums for the likes of Gallagher and Lyle, Jackie Lomax, Andy Mackay, and Shawn Phillips. He also played drums on the original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar. Bruce Rowland spent a considerable amount of time working with Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, and played drums on Lane's solo debut album, Anymore for Anymore, and the Lane/Ronnie Wood soundtrack album, Mahoney's Last Stand.

Bruce Rowland died from cancer on June 29, 2015; he was 74.