B.J. Wilson

Barrie James "B. J. " Wilson ( born March 18, 1947 in Edmonton, London, † October 8, 1990 in Eugene, Oregon) was a British rock musician. He became known as the drummer of Procol Harum, where he played from 1967 until they disbanded in 1977.


Wilson's career began in 1963 at the Paramount, where he served until 1966. In recording sessions, Wilson Jimmy Page, who was looking for a suitable drummer for his future band Led Zeppelin met. Page was impressed with Wilson so that he wanted to hire him. However, Wilson was Procol Harum preference that had emerged from the Paramount, and played with them from summer 1967 to May 1977 ten albums a. Besides the drums, he also mastered the mandolin; 1972/1973 he played it in some Procol Harum - performances in Germany.

Wilson was also frequently booked as a studio musician. He can be heard on albums by Jody Grind, Leon Russell, Lou Reed, Frankie Miller, John Hiatt, Bob Siebenberg and Joe Cocker, to its worldwide success With a Little Help from My Friends of 1968 he contributed the powerful opener. After the dissolution of Procol Harum, he joined the Frankie Miller Band and later the band of Joe Cocker. For an appearance at Eberhard Schoener's first " Rock Meets Classic" Night on November 12, 1980 in Munich brought him Gary Brooker in his band. 1985 Brooker signed him for recording his album Echoes in the Night.

Wilson was in 1979 moved to the U.S., where he died in October 1990. He was buried in Corvallis in the U.S. state of Oregon. Since his death, Gary Brooker Wilson's favorite song A Salty Dog maintains, in memory of him. Procol Harum have dedicated to him the album The Prodigal Stranger. Joe Cocker has communicated in the song Another Mind Gone. Leo Kottke has remembered on his album My Father 's Face with the song BJ at him.

  • Rock musician
  • Drummer
  • British Musician
  • Procol Harum
  • English
  • Born in 1947
  • Died in 1990
  • Man