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Saturday, July 16, 2011

R.I.P. Eric Delaney

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Eric Delaney. One of the finest drummers this country has ever produced I followed his career from the days of Geraldo until recent years when I was privileged to meet him on several occasions up here in the north-east.
Broadcasts with Kenny Baker's Dozen, Melody Maker All-stars LPs, hearing his own big band both on record and at Newcastle City Hall as well as enumerable small bands - all left a lasting impression with me.
I well recall taking him over to The Porthole in North Shields last year where he sat in with the band and, using only a snare drum, he dazzled everyone with his breaks on Cute.
He was a close friend of the late American drummer Louis Bellson and they made a much sort after drum duo LP together (Repercussion). Eric was very proud of that session and the last time I met him he had a copy of the sleeve with him. Another LP (Conversations) saw Eric holding his own alongside Bellson, Buddy Rich and Kenny Clare. Fast company indeed but Eric moved easily in fast company!
In a business that's well endowed with characters Eric was a character's character.
Speaking to a close friend of Eric's she told me how upset he was at the death of Jack Parnell - well he's up there with Jack now and won't they have some stories and memories to exchange?
Rest in Peace Eric - you were the absolute best and I was proud to have known you.
Eric died on July 15, 2011 aged 87.
Obituary. Benidorm tributes.
Lance.

5 comments :

Gavin Spowart said...

Hearing the news yesterday from Bruce Adams left me feeling stunned like I had experienced death in my own family ! I'll never forget doing the seasons at Blackpool Tower 7 days a week including Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes.I asked Eric why don't we have a day off ? He replied "You will only go and play for someone else" 7 years with Eric, what an education. Gavin Spowart.

Syd Appleton (on LondonJazz) said...

So sad to hear of Eric's passing. He depped several times over the last few years with Kenny's band and will be missed by all in the Jazz Family.. Syd (on behalf of the Kenny Ball Band.)

Anonymous said...

I was very lucky to have a chat with Eric & get a pic at The 100 Club when he was there for the George Webb fairwell gig, A Great Man & A Terrific Drummer, Just keep on Knockin Eric!! Dav Allen.

Anonymous said...

I spent a very happy 18 months as Erics bass player in the early 70`s. What a gentleman and musician he was. R.I.P.mate. Ali thorn

Ali Thorn. said...

I spent a very happy 18 months as Eric's bass player in the early 70`s. What a gentleman and musician he was. R.I.P.mate.

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