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  Pete York

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (This event repeats every year)

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Pete York

Pete York, born Peter York on August 15, 1942, in Redcar, Yorkshire, England, is a British rock drummer best known for being an original member of the Spencer Davis Group.

Pete first gained an interest in the drums around the age of 8 — listening to American jazz on the radio while playing on a toy drum as well as his mother's cooking pots. He played drums throughout his school years, participating in the Trent College Jazz Club, School Orchestra and Army Cadet Force Band. In 1960, York finished school and moved to Birmingham where he quickly got involved in the music scene, playing everything from Dixieland to modern jazz.

York's first television appearance was with an award-winning new jazz group in 1962.
Around that same time Pete also begun playing R&B and blues music with the Spencer Davis Group who went on to release a critically acclaimed album in 1964. “Keep On Running” reached #1 in 1965 followed by “Somebody Help Me”, “When I Come Home”, “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m A Man” in the next year.

In 1969, Pete left the Spencer Davis Group to form Hardin & York with Eddie Hardin.

York also performed with Eric Clapton in a short lived blues band, Eric Clapton's Powerhouse, back in 1967.

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