Sunday, 05 December 2021

Lots of music history around the lunch table

MORE than a dozen musicians celebrated jazz percussionist Bobby Orr’s 85th birthday with lunch at the Plowden Arms pub in Shiplake.

The Scot is the only British drummer to have played with American bandleader Benny Goodman and he has accompanied Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr, Dizzy Gillespie, Donovan and Helen Shapiro.

The lunch was organised by his friend Chris Wright, who lives in the village and has a business selling drum kits. Guests included Clem Cattini, who founded Billy Fury’s backing band The Tornados and played drums on Johnny Kidd’s Shakin’ All Over, and Tom Nichol, who drummed on Bucks Fizz’s 1981 Eurovision winner Making Your Mind Up.

Double bass player Andy Crowdy, from Henley, and drummer Alan Graham, from Peppard, also attended. Chris read out a message of congratulations from Deep Purple drummer and fellow Shiplake resident Ian Paice, who couldn’t be there.

Bobby, who lives near High Wycombe, said: “I’m thrilled that Chris organised this for me. I don’t think I deserve it but I’m hugely thankful.”

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