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Bruce Gary

Born: Apr 7, 1951

Death: Aug 22, 2006

Birthplace: Burbank

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Bruce Gary

Date of Birth : Apr 7, 1951
Date of Death : Aug 22, 2006
Birth Place : Burbank

Bruce Gary was best known as the drummer for the music group The Knack. He was nominated for two Grammy Awards as a stage performer, producer, and recording artist. Born in Burbank, California, the young Gary was a bundle of energy and for that reason his parents allowed him to set up the drum kit that his cousin had offered him after getting bored with it. Gary left home at 15 and was drawn to the musical scene of Topanga Canyon, California. He made friends with guitarist Randy California. In the 60's and early 70's he played with bluesman Albert Collins. By the time he was twenty-four he was touring and recording with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce and guitarist Mick Taylor, who had just left the Rolling Stones. This stellar lineup also included jazz pianist Carla Bley. Gary also worked with Dr John in the 70's. In 1978 he found himself in a band with singer Doug Fieger, guitarist Berton Averre, and bassist Prescott Niles. Fieger and Averre brought in a tune they'd written about Sharona Alperin, a teenage girl Fieger was obsessed with. Despite his initial reservations about the song, Gary came up with a beat to match "My Sharona"'s stuttering style.

Profession


  • Musician
  • Record producer
  • Drummer

Also known as


  • Gary, Bruce
  • Bruce David Gary
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