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Eric Delaney

Eric Delaney, born May 22, 1924 in Acton, London, England, UK, was an English drummer and bandleader, best known for his work in the 1950s and early 1960s.

At the age of 16, Eric Delaney won the Best Swing Drummer award and after WWII joined the Bert Ambrose Octet which featured George Shearing on piano. From 1947 to 1954, Delaney worked in a variety of recording studios, playing drums for film, TV and radio sessions, as well as working steadily with the Geraldo Orchestra. In 1954 Delaney formed his own band and soon after signed a record deal with the new Pye Records label on which he had a series of hits including "Oranges And Lemons", "Roamin’ In The Gloamin’" and "Delaney’s Delight". He also made three Royal Variety Show appearances, the first appearance being in 1956.

Always the showman, Delaney revelled in delighting his audience. He would place lights inside his drums, for additional effect, and on one occasion, as a backdrop to the song "Hornpipe Boogie", put a ship on stage ... complete with a working cannon!

In 1967, Delaney and the legendary American jazz drummer, Louie Bellson, recorded an album entitled Repercussion; originally released in high quality stereo on the Studio2Stereo label and re-released on the Vocalion label in 2011 as a double album, Conversations & Repercussion.

Although he is best known as a jazz drummer, Delaney was a true percussionist, playing the glockenspiel, xylophone, tubular bells (chimes) and timpani, as well as incorporating a variety of Chinese gongs and tam tams into his shows.

Delaney, who specialised in up-tempo dance hall music, became less popular after The Beatles entered the music scene, however he remained active touring with his 6-piece band and performing at various holiday resorts in the UK.

Eric Delaney died on July 14, 2011.


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