Eric Delaney (1924-2011)
Last updated: 04.11.18
According to the Internet source given below, Eric Delaney was an English drummer and bandleader, popular in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Born in Acton, London and when aged just 16, he won the Best Swing Drummer award. He joined a number of bands including the Bert Ambrose Octet and the Geraldo Orchestra. In 1954 he formed his own band and later signed with the new Pye Records label.
Delaney was held in high regard by his musical peers, including top American drummer Louie Bellson who he recorded with in 1967 on an album entitled Repercussion. Although best known as a jazz drummer, Delaney was a multi-percussionist. As well as the drums he played xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani, military side drum, tubular bells, a variety of Chinese gongs and tam tams and incorporated many everyday items such h as brushes and whistles into his shows over the years.
Personal remarks:
I once saw him live in the early 1960s at the King's Theatre, Portsmouth (if my memory serves me right). It was a typical seaside show of that period when famous London based celebrities did a "season" at a seaside resort. The show was not particularly entertaining but the highlight was Eric going beserk on his set of drums mounted on a rotating podium. Giddy stuff indeed. 
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