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Knack drummer - Bruce Gary: RIP


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Very Sad. The original drummer for the Knack: Bruce Gary has died. He also played with Bob Dylan, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, The Ventures and Albert Collins.

Just found this on Bruce Gary's website tonight.

With very deep sadness, I am heartbroken to have to tell you that Bruce passed away this morning (Tuesday August 22, 2006) in the arms of his loving mother at a Los Angeles hospital after a valiant battle against cancer. His passing was peaceful and painless. Bruce was surrounded with an abundance of love and support from his family and many friends during the days before his passing.

My deepest condolences, sympathy and love go out to Bruce’s mom (Helen), the Gary family, and to all of Bruce’s business associates and friends.

I will be adding a Memorial page shortly, along with a special condolence Guestbook. I ask that you refrain from leaving condolence messages in the existing Guestbook.

If you would like to send a sympathy card to Bruce’s mom, please use the following address:

Mrs. Helen Gary

c/o Kathie Allen

2501 Redondo Beach Blvd. #112

Gardena, California 90249

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WOW!!! That's a complete drag! I sat next to him on a flight from Hawaii to LA about 10 years ago. A really nice guy. Very friendly! We talked alot about his great sound the first knack album. He told me a great story about how he fought tooth and nail w Mike Chapman the producer on maintaining that drum sound on the record! A great loss for Rock n Roll!

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Not a good year for The Knack. I had heard within the past couple days that Bruce was ill, but didn't expect this so soon. Incredible player - those original three Knack albums are loaded with great drumming from Bruce, including the trademark "Sharona" groove. With that song alone, he's left an indelible mark on us all.

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I had the rare pleasure to meet Bruce Gary several years ago. Bruce was a surprise guest at the Scott McCarl Poptopia Concert in Los Angeles, CA on February 7, 1998. Bruce joined Scott McCarl, the Tearaways and Wally Bryson on a FANTASTIC cover of "Slow Down". Gary's "powerhouse" drumming, Wally's "searing lead guitar" and Scott's dynamic vocals made this song THE crowd pleasing show stopper to end the night. Bruce Gary made a casual backstage appearance after the show and was professional, friendly and an all around great guy.

He was the "perfect drummer" for the KNACK also. He will be sorely missed by music fans around the World.


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Sorry I didn't see your post sooner, Don. I just discovered the news in an Associated Press story today, and as a Knack fan, the news hits hard:


My Sharona' Drummer Bruce Gary Dies at 55


LOS ANGELES (Aug. 24) - Bruce Gary, the rock drummer who worked with George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Stephen Stills but is best known as The Knack's original drummer on "My Sharona," has died. He was 55.

Gary died Tuesday at Tarzana Medical Center of lymphoma, said Helen Gary, the drummer's mother.

Besides Harrison, Dylan and Stills, he recorded with Cream's Jack Bruce, Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Bette Midler, Yoko Ono, Harry Nilsson and The Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger, according to the Web site http://www.brucegary.com.

Gary also worked with blues masters Albert Collins, Albert King and John Lee Hooker and toured with former Eagles member Randy Meisner and Spencer Davis.

He also co-produced a series of posthumous releases from Jimi Hendrix, including the "Blues" compilation.

Gary also produced the CD of drum samples "Bruce Gary's Drum Vocabulary." The drum loops are popular in professional and home recording studios where they can be added to any song.

The Knack was formed in 1978 and a year later hit it big with "My Sharona." The group's debut album "Get the Knack" sold 6 million copies, followed by a second album "... But the Little Girls Understand," which sold 2 million.


Don Krider

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......another great loss.......gary was a superb drummer......i remember first hearing him in the band giant, (on a&m records / mid 70's).........for those of you who record song demos and want cool, natural sounding drum tracks, his cd of drum loops is exceptional......

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