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  Tony Meehan


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BIRTHDAY
Event Date:
Friday, March 02 (This event repeats every year)


Tony Meehan, born Daniel Joseph Anthony Meehan on March 2, 1943 in New End, Hampstead, North London, England, was a British drummer, best known as a founding member of the British group, The Shadows (1959 - 1961), along with Jet Harris, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch. Meehan can be heard playing drums on early Cliff Richard and The Shadows hits as well as early Shadows instrumentals.

Meehan was worked with the likes of the Skiffle Trio, The Drifters, and The Vipers.

Meehan, professionally nicknamed "The Baron", influenced thousands young drummers to pursue a career in music  (eg. Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac) as a result of his iconic film performance in Cliff Richard's film, The Young Ones.

In his contribution to the 1961 book, The Shadows by Themselves, Meehan gives very useful, timely and helpful advice to all would-be drummers on drum-kit care and maintenance.

Meehan left The Shadows in October 1961 to work as an arranger/producer and session drummer for Joe Meek (John Leyton, Michael Cox: "Young Only Once", Andy Cavell), and went on to work at Decca Records. Meehan auditioned The Beatles at Decca Records on January 1, 1962, but the label rejected the band and signed The Tremeloes, who audtioned that same day, instead.

Tony Meehan died on November 28, 2005, as a result of head injuries after falling down the main staircase at his London flat in Maida Vale; he was 62.

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