ROCKY AND THE NATIVES

"Jim Leverton, Chris Godden, Andy Newmark, Geoffrey Richardson, Malcolm Barnard"
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Andy Newmark Drums

 

Born in Port Chester, New York, Andy has been one of the world’s top session drummers for decades. Well-known as the onetime drummer for Sly and the Family Stone, he has also played with numerous other artists, such as John Lennon, Pink Floyd, and Roxy Music.

 

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Andy's mother was Bermudian, and Andy is also a citizen of Bermuda. The links with Bermuda and with John Lennon led to Rocky and the Natives participation in the recently released multi- artist Lennon Bermuda album. First taking up the drums at the age of nine, Andy gradually honed his craft and was taking paid gigs as early as age 15. Visiting Bermuda frequently throughout his youth, Andy made the decision to move there on a more permanent basis at the age of 16. Andy played in two Bermuda groups: The Savages and the Bermuda Jam.

 

Best known as a popular session drummer, and for playing with the funk band Sly and the Family Stone from 1972 to 1973, Andy went on to record one album as the Family Stone's drummer, “Fresh” (1973) and also performed with the band for two years in live concert.

 

He also played on two tracks Sonic Bummer and I Must Be a Tree on Byrds drummer and multi- instrumentalist Gene Parsons’ influential 1973 country rock album Kindling.

 

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After leaving the Family Stone in 1974, Andy has performed and recorded with many artists, including: John Lennon, Cat Stevens, Joe Walsh, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Roy Buchanan, Bryan Ferry, George Harrison, Rikki Lee-Jones, Patrick Moraz, Randy Newman, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Murray Head, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Roxy Music, ABC, Hue & Cry, Laura Nyro, Nicolette Larson, Elkie Brooks, Sting, Steve Winwood, Nils Lofgren, George Benson and Michael Franks. He is featured on Carly Simon’s 1971 album Anticipation and Gary Wright’s 1975 album Dream Weaver. Andy played drums on David Gilmour's On an Island album. He also plays on the last track of Pink Floyd’s 1983 album The Final Cut

 

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In 1980, he was the sole drummer on John Lennon's last album, Double Fantasy, as well as Milk and Honey released in 1984. He was also the featured drummer on Yoko Ono's Season of Glass in 1981. His connection with the Double Fantasy album was reprised in 2012 with his contributions to the Lennon Bermuda tribute album on several tracks including those by Paul Carrack, Bryan Ferry, Nils Lofgren and Rocky and the Natives.

 

Between 1999 and 2004 Andy was the drummer in the West End musical The Lion King, describing it as the hardest job he’s had in the entertainment business. Andy is a Patron and visiting artist at drum and percussion school, Drumtech in London. Andy’s session work continues and from 2011 he has been a member of Kent (United Kingdom) based country band Rocky and the Natives.