Pete York

Pete York ( born August 15, 1942 in Middlesbrough ) is an English drummer of the rock, jazz and the blues. He became known in the 1960s as a member of the Spencer Davis Group and the duo Hardin & York.


After leaving school, York went to Birmingham to play in a jazz band as a drummer. He joined the Spencer Davis Group, which in 1964 recorded their first record. The greatest hits of the group were Keep On Running (1965) and Gimme Some Lovin ' ( 1966). 1969 York left the Spencer Davis Group and joined with Eddie Hardin as a duo Hardin & York - sometimes the World 's Smallest Big Band (the smallest big band in the world) called. The success was remarkable. Hardin & York went on with bands like Deep Purple. 1972 was the starting year for Pete York 's Percussion band with three drummers, a guitarist and a horn section. Guest drummer Ian Paice were, inter alia, Keef Hartley, Roy Dyke and Keith Moon. In 1973 Pete played with Klaus Doldinger's Passport York, where colleagues like Alexis Korner, Brian Auger and Johnny Griffin were guests. 1974 York appeared at Jon Lord's Rock Meets Classic. This year there was also a revival of the Spencer Davis Group. For today repeatedly broadcast TV series " Superdrumming " he showed different drum styles and prominent drummers with their characteristics.

In 1975, York to Bali with Eberhard Schoener Album Bali Agung. He went with Klaus Doldinger on tour and played the album Sarabande with Jon Lord a. In 1976, York with Chris Barber and his band, the album Echoes of Ellington and went with them on a tour of Africa and Australia.

On June 16, 1977 Pete York married his girlfriend Mecky ( born Meeder ), whom he had met in 1974 at a party after a concert performance in Munich. Her daughter Stephanie was born on 3 May 1979.

York's next band Pete York 's New York existed until 1983. Besides his own band and toured with Chris Barber Pete York had recurrent guest appearances by well-known musicians such as Dr. John and Charlie Watts. York also participated in the Rock and Blues Circus with Chris Farlowe, Jon Lord and Colin Hodgkinson.

1984 drew Pete York with his family to Germany, to Berg am Starnberger See. During this time the project Pete York Presents .... began participating in the Spencer Davis, Chris Farlowe, Brian Auger, Colin Hodgkinson and many others. York's daughter Stephanie christened the group Daddy and the Steamers. In 1986, the animated film Dracula Junior, for the York, the story had written and the band sided with their voices. This period also fell a few gigs in the jazz area with Albie Donnelly, the frontman of Super Charge.

In 1987, he played drums in the band of Konstantin Wecker (LP re dahoam with subsequent tour ). In the same year the TV series Villa Fantastica was recorded that York had written. The live music came from Roy Williams Quintet, Dick Morrissey, Brian Auger, Harvey Weston and Pete York. York also wrote for the TV show curtain on film!. Super Drumming with Ian Paice, Louie Bellson, Cozy Powell, Gerry Brown and Simon Phillips was produced. 1989-1990 there were sequels to Super Drumming with Billy Cobham, Jon Hiseman and other famous musicians. Also Villa Fantastica was continued. From 1990 York toured regularly in January with his jazz band Hollywood Swing. There were more trips with Daddy and the Steamers.

1992 York celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with an open- air concert in front of 80,000 visitors in Switzerland. More Revival Festival, there was, inter alia, in Scotland and Holland. York played three months in a club in Berlin. From 1994 played York with Jon Lord & The Gemini band. As of 1995, there was the Pete York Big Band, Swing classics had in the program. York came to the Birmingham International Jazz Festival for the first time with Drummin 'Man on, a tribute to Gene Krupa. From the Big Band Blue Jive Five originated. York was with all his band projects constantly on the go. In 1998, he played for the hundredth birthday of George Gershwin, a year later it was the hundredth of Duke Ellington, followed in 2000, the centenary of Louis Armstrong.

2000 saw a revival of Hardin & York. With Jon Lord York played at an international symposium of Nobel laureates in Zermatt. In 2003, the Spencer Davis Group concerts with the Troggs and the Yardbirds.

2002 was Pete York to celebrate his sixtieth birthday and his silver wedding. In September, he played with fellow swing and R & B before a packed house in Starnberg. 2004 York occurred with Helge Schneider and Jimmy Woode. The trio played in Schneider's film Jazz Club - The early bird catches the worm a central role. In 2005 he founded together with Herman Rare Bell (dr, ex - Scorpions ) and the jazz drummer Charly Antolini formation "Drum Legends". In the same year they released the CD and the DVD Live 2005 Live In Gran Canaria. From 2006 to 2008, and is currently touring and touring York again with Helge Schneider by Germany, Austria and Switzerland and also appeared with the Radio Kings of Martin Breinschmid as well as an accompanist of Martin Schmitt. In addition, York always finds time to realize his own jazz and blues projects with changing line-ups.


At the time of the Spencer Davis Group played Pete York Drums branded Rogers, in the configuration: bass drum, Hängetom, floor tom, snare, hi-hat, and three pools and a splash pool, plus cowbell. Later he added this to another floor tom. In this compilation, he has remained very stable, playing this today from the brand Pearl.