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Friday, 22 August 2014

Rod De'Ath (drums)

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY:

Powerful drummer, Rod De´Ath was born Roderick Morris Buckenham De´Ath on June 18th, 1950 in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales.


KILLING FLOOR


After several lineup changes, this was a new edition of Killing Floor:

KILLING FLOOR #?
?
Bill Thorndycraft
vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar
Stan Dekker
bass
Lou Martin
keyboards
Rod De´Ath
drums
Rory Gallagher Bandê
Rory Gallagher Bandê

But Thorndycraft left after a while.

Ray Owen was the last singer in Killing Floor before their first separation in 1972:

KILLING FLOOR #?
?-1972
Ray Owen
vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar
Stan Dekker
bass
Lou Martin
keyboards
Rod De´Ath
drums
Rory Gallagher Bandê
Rory Gallagher Bandê

In June 1972, Martin and De´Ath joined Rory Gallagher. I think the band carried on for a while, but morphed into a new edition of Toe Fat.

Other info on members of Killing Floor (I know up to 12 members)
To be covered (11): Mick Clarke, Stan Dekker, Tony Fernandez, Mick Hawksworth, Lou Martin, Stewart McDonald, Ray Owen, Baz Smith, Michael Stewart, Bill Thorndycraft, Paul Turner


RORY GALLAGHER BAND


In June 1972. Rory Gallagher makes the first changes in his band, bringing Lou Martin and Rod De´Ath from the band Killing Floor:

RORY GALLAGHER BAND #2
Jun 72-May 78
êKilling Floor
êKilling Floor
Rory Gallagher
vocals, guitar
Gerry McAvoy
bass
Lou Martin
keyboards
Rod De´Ath
drums
Ramrodê
Ramrodê

They released some of the best albums by Rory: Blueprint (February 1973), my loved Tattoo (August 1973), the wonderful double live album Irish tour ´74 (August 1974) and Against the grain (November 1975) and Calling card (October 1976).

In May 1978, after some tensions while recording a new album (that remained shelved until 2011, when it was released as part of the 2CD Notes from San Francisco), Martin and De´Ath were left out of the band and they went to form Ramrod.

Other info on members of Rory Gallagher Band (I know up to 15 members)
Old pages (1): Rory Gallagher
To be covered (13): Ray Beavis, Wilgar Campbell, Harold Casey, John Cook, Mark Feltham, Jim Leverton, David Levy, Lou Martin, Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna, Richard Newman, Brendan O´Neill, Geraint Watkins


GERRY MCAVOY BAND


This was the lineup of Gerry McAvoy Jam that appears in Live: a week at the Bridge E16_0, a live album recorded in April 1978:

GERRY MCAVOY BAND #?
1978
êRory Gallagher Band
êRory Gallagher Band
êRory Gallagher Band
Gerry McAvoy
bass, vocals
Steve Waller
guitar, vocals
Lou Martin
keyboards
Ron Carthy
trumpet
Mick Eve
sax
Rod De´Ath
drums
Rory Gallagher Bandê
Rory Gallagher Bandê
Rory Gallagher Bandê

The band (comprising his mates Martin and De´Ath who were still part of Rory Gallagher at this time) is featured in two tracks there.

Other info on members of Gerry McAvoy Band (I know up to 7 members)
To be covered (6): Ron Carthy, Mick Eve, Lou Martin, Gerry McAvoy, Brendan O´Neill, Steve Waller


RAMROD


In 1978, Ramrod was formed:

RAMROD #1
?
êRory Gallagher
êRory Gallagher
Steve Smith
harmonica
Mick Clarke
guitar
Stewart McDonald
bass
Lou Martin
keyboards
Rod De´Ath
drums

But Mick Clarke left some time later.

Dave Edwards was the new guitarist of Ramrod:

RAMROD #2
?
êRory Gallagher
êRory Gallagher
Steve Smith
harmonica
Dave Edwards
guitar
Stewart McDonald
bass
Lou Martin
keyboards
Rod De´Ath
drums

Other info on members of Ramrod (I know up to 6 members)
To be covered (4): Mick Clarke, Lou Martin, Stewart McDonald, Steve Smith
Not enough info (1): Dave Edwards


CHRIS GLEN BAND


From about mid-79 to perhaps as late as mid-80, Chris Glen was living in Worthing, West Sussex. He was at the time playing with a lineup including these great musicians:

CHRIS GLEN BAND #?
1979-?
Steve Smith
harmonica
Lou Martin
keyboards
Rod De´Ath
drums
+ maybe others, unknown to me. Help!

Other info on members of Chris Glen Band (I know up to 8 members)
Already covered (1): Chris Glen
To be covered (3): Lou Martin, Andy May, Steve Smith
Not enough info (3): Ross McFarlane, Brian McFie, Jon Morrison


AND THEN...


In December 1979, Rod bought a recording studio called Pebble Beach in Worthing. I guess the Chris Glen Band maybe recorded some material there at that time...


DOWNLINERS SECT


In 1980, Rod De´Ath joins a revamped edition of Downliners Sect:

DOWNLINERS SECT #?
1980-1989
Paul Tiller
harmonica
Don Craine
vocals, guitar
Terry Gibson
guitar
Keith Grant
bass, vocals
Rod De´Ath
drums

They released a live album Live in the 80´s.

Rod De´Ath and Terry Gibson had left the band in 1989, but my guess is that Rod left the band much earlier. Can someone help me with additional info, please?

Other info on members of Downliners Sect (I know up to 20 members)
To be covered (8): Don Craine, Matthew Fisher, Terry Gibson, Keith Grant, John O´Leary, John Sutton, Bob Taylor, Paul Tiller
Not enough info (11): Alan Brooks, Barry Cooper, Nathaniel Duraine, Del Dwyer, Kevin Flanagan, Mark Freeman, Pip Harvey, Paul Holm, Mel Lewis, Nat Maynard, Ray Sone


MICK CLARKE BAND


During the mid 80s, the great Mick Clarke was asked to tour the States. Around 1987, he toured and recorded the album West Coast connection with this lineup containing his old mate Rod D´Ath:

MICK CLARKE BAND #?
1987
Mick Clarke
guitar, vocals
Westside Johnny
harmonica
H Emerson Zachery Jr
bass
Dover Weinberg
keyboards
Rod De´Ath
drums

Other info on members of Mick Clarke Band (I know up to 20 members)
Already covered (1): Chris Sharley
Old pages (2): Ron Berg, Ian Ellis
To be covered (13): Wilgar Campbell, Russell Chaney, Mick Clarke, Len Davies, Steve Dixon, Ritchie Eldrige, John Goble, Roy Jeremiah, Dave Lennox, Lou Martin, Mick Phillips, Dave Rea, Martin Skipper
Not enough info (3): Westside Johnny, Dover Weinberg, H Emerson Zachery Jr


AND THEN...


Don´t know the exact year, but Rod finally moved to the States to live. But, sometime later, he was asked to act as a producer for an album for the band Erect Road in London, so he went back to England, but suffered a terrible accident who made a very severe impact on him. He lost an eye and entered into coma for a long period. When he woke up, he had lost all his memory, not knowing who he was. Along the weeks, fortunately he recovered most of his memory but he couldn´t play drums anymore.

For years, rumour was spread about that Rod De´Ath was dead, until he made an appearance at a Rory Gallagher memorial service. He was well, although with some health problems. But he surpassed by far the life previsions that doctors gave him (4 years of life) after his accident.

Sadly, in 2014, his health started failing, with cancer appearing and he went into massive surgery. After some weeks, he finally passed away on August 1st, 2014. Rory has always been a hero to me, but he wasn't alone, he had his band, and they also deserve my respect and admiration. So this page is my own tribute. Thanks for your music, Rod.

   7 BANDS (WITH 22 SELECTED RECORDINGS):

BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
Mick Clarke Band  1 RECORDINGS:
  • West Coast connection - Mick Clarke (1988)

    • Members: Mick Clarke (RIP: Rod De´Ath)
    • Guests: Curtis Salgado
    • Producer: John Henderson
    • Technical: John Golden
    • Comments: Recorded in February 1987. CD release contains 2 bonus tracks.
    Other info on members of Mick Clarke Band (I know up to 20 members)
    Already covered (1):Chris Sharley
    Old pages (2):Ron Berg, Ian Ellis
    To be covered (13):Wilgar Campbell, Russell Chaney, Mick Clarke, Len Davies, Steve Dixon, Ritchie Eldrige, John Goble, Roy Jeremiah, Dave Lennox, Lou Martin, Mick Phillips, Dave Rea, Martin Skipper
    Not enough info (3):Westside Johnny, Dover Weinberg, H Emerson Zachery Jr
    Downliners Sect  2 RECORDINGS:
  • Live in the 80´s - Downliners Sect (1986) (LIVE)

    • Members: Don Craine, Terry Gibson, Keith Grant, Paul Tiller (RIP: Rod De´Ath)
    • Comments: This album was reissued as Sect appeal with 4 studio tracks as bonus.
  • Sect appeal - Downliners Sect (2000)

    • Members: Don Craine, Terry Gibson, Keith Grant, Paul Tiller (RIP: Rod De´Ath)
    • Comments: This album includes 4 tracks recorded in the studio in May 1980, and 14 live tracks that appeared in the album Live in the 80´s recorded in the Spring of 1980.
    Other info on members of Downliners Sect (I know up to 20 members)
    To be covered (8):Don Craine, Matthew Fisher, Terry Gibson, Keith Grant, John O´Leary, John Sutton, Bob Taylor, Paul Tiller
    Not enough info (11):Alan Brooks, Barry Cooper, Nathaniel Duraine, Del Dwyer, Kevin Flanagan, Mark Freeman, Pip Harvey, Paul Holm, Mel Lewis, Nat Maynard, Ray Sone
    Rory Gallagher Band  11 RECORDINGS:
  • Blueprint - Rory Gallagher (February 1973)

    • Members: Gerry McAvoy (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Comments: CD contains 2 bonus tracks.
  • Tattoo - Rory Gallagher (August 1973)

    • Members: Gerry McAvoy (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Technical: Tony Arnold
    • Comments: Recorded in the summer of 1973. CD reissue contains 2 bonus tracks.
    • My opinion: Wonderful album.
  • Irish tour '74 - Rory Gallagher (August 1974) (LIVE)

    • Members: Gerry McAvoy (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Comments: Recorded live in different concerts in January 1974.
    • My opinion: Beware, as the album called simply Irish tour is an abridged version of the original 2LP, missing tracks. You should go for the complete album!
  • Against the grain - Rory Gallagher (November 1975)

    • Members: Gerry McAvoy (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Technical: Tony Arnold
    • Comments: CD reissue contains 2 bonus tracks.
  • Calling card - Rory Gallagher (October 1976)

    • Members: Gerry McAvoy (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Producer: Roger Glover
    • Technical: Tony Arnold
    • Comments: Recorded in the summer of 1976. CD reissue contains 2 bonus tracks.
  • G Man bootleg series - Rory Gallagher (1996)

    • Members:Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna (RIP: Rod De´Ath, Rory Gallagher, Lou Martin)
  • BBC sessions - Rory Gallagher (1999) (LIVE)

    • Members: Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna, Brendan O´Neill (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Wilgar Campbell, Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Technical: Tony Arnold
    • Comments: 2CD with live radio recordings from 1971 to 1986, thus with different band lineups.
  • Wheels within wheels - Rory Gallagher (March 2003)

    • Members: Mark Feltham, Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Guests: Martin Carthy, Bela Fleck (RIP: Lonnie Donegan, Ronnie Drew, Bert Jansch)
    • Technical: Tony Arnold, Colin Fairley, Tim Young
    • Comments: This album includes 2 tracks from 1975 (with Gerry McAvoy, Lou Martin and Rod De´Ath), 3 live tracks from 1994 (with Mark Feltham and Bela Fleck), and others with no indication of the period when they were recorded.
  • Live at Montreux - Rory Gallagher (2006) (LIVE)

    • Members: John Cook, Mark Feltham, Jim Leverton, David Levy, Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna, Richard Newman, Brendan O´Neill (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Comments: 2DVD containing live tracks from Rory Gallagher five appearances at Montreux Jazz Festival: 1975, 1977, 1979, 1985 and 1994.
  • Notes from San Francisco - Rory Gallagher (September 2011)

    • Members: Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Guests: Joe O´Donnell (RIP: Martin Fierro)
    • Comments: This double CD, released in 2011, contains an unreleased studio album from 1978 (with Gerry McAvoy, Lou Martin and Rod De´Ath), plus an unreleased live album from December 1979 (with Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna).
  • Stompin´ ground - Rory Gallagher (April 2012)

    • Members: Gerry McAvoy (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Wilgar Campbell, Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    8 COMPILATIONS:
  • The Story of Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher (1975)

    • Members: Gerry McAvoy (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Wilgar Campbell, Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Comments: 2LP compilation, only released in Germany.
  • The Story so far - Rory Gallagher (1975)

    • Members: Gerry McAvoy (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Wilgar Campbell, Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Technical: Eddie Offord
    • Comments: Compilation with tracks from all Rory albums up to that year 1975.
  • Etched in blue - Rory Gallagher (1994)

    • Members: Ray Beavis, John Cook, Mark Feltham, Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna, Brendan O´Neill, Geraint Watkins (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Wilgar Campbell, Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Guests: Dick Hanson + Bob Andrews, Dick Parry (RIP: Vincent Crane, John ´Irish´ Earle)
    • Producer: Roger Glover
    • Technical: Colin Fairley, Eddie Offord
  • Last of the independants - Rory Gallagher (1995)

    • Members: John Cook, Mark Feltham, Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna, Brendan O´Neill (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Wilgar Campbell, Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Guests: Bob Andrews
  • A Blue day for the blues - Rory Gallagher (October 1995)

    • Members: Ray Beavis, John Cook, Mark Feltham, Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna, Brendan O´Neill (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Wilgar Campbell, Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Guests: Bob Andrews, Dick Hanson (RIP: John ´Irish´ Earle)
    • Producer: Roger Glover
  • Let´s go to work - Rory Gallagher (2001)

    • Members: Mark Feltham, Jim Leverton, David Levy, Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna, Richard Newman (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Wilgar Campbell, Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Comments: 4CD boxset.
  • Big guns - the very best of Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher (2005)

    • Members: Ray Beavis, John Cook, Mark Feltham, Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna, Brendan O´Neill, Geraint Watkins (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Wilgar Campbell, Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Guests: Dick Parry, John Wilson (RIP: John ´Irish´ Earle + Lonnie Donegan)
    • Producer: Tony Arnold, Roger Glover
    • Technical: Tony Cousins
    • Comments: 2CD compilation covering Rory Gallagher solo career (also with some track by Taste) with a few unreleased takes.
  • Kickback city - Rory Gallagher (October 2013)

    • Members: Mark Feltham, Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna, Brendan O´Neill (RIP: Rory Gallagher + Wilgar Campbell, Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    Other info on members of Rory Gallagher Band (I know up to 15 members)
    Old pages (1):Rory Gallagher
    To be covered (13):Ray Beavis, Wilgar Campbell, Harold Casey, John Cook, Mark Feltham, Jim Leverton, David Levy, Lou Martin, Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna, Richard Newman, Brendan O´Neill, Geraint Watkins
    Chris Glen Band   
    Other info on members of Chris Glen Band (I know up to 8 members)
    Already covered (1):Chris Glen
    To be covered (3):Lou Martin, Andy May, Steve Smith
    Not enough info (3):Ross McFarlane, Brian McFie, Jon Morrison
    Killing Floor   
    Other info on members of Killing Floor (I know up to 12 members)
    To be covered (11):Mick Clarke, Stan Dekker, Tony Fernandez, Mick Hawksworth, Lou Martin, Stewart McDonald, Ray Owen, Baz Smith, Michael Stewart, Bill Thorndycraft, Paul Turner
    Gerry McAvoy Band   
    Other info on members of Gerry McAvoy Band (I know up to 7 members)
    To be covered (6):Ron Carthy, Mick Eve, Lou Martin, Gerry McAvoy, Brendan O´Neill, Steve Waller
    Ramrod   
    Other info on members of Ramrod (I know up to 6 members)
    To be covered (4):Mick Clarke, Lou Martin, Stewart McDonald, Steve Smith
    Not enough info (1):Dave Edwards

       1 ALBUMS FOR 1 BANDMATES AND FRIENDS:

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    Hellraisers  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Let it rock! - The Hellraisers ( - )

    • Members: Terry Gibson
    • Guests: Keith Grant (RIP: Alan Brooks, Rod De´Ath)
    Other info on members of Hellraisers (I know up to 4 members)
    To be covered (2):Terry Gibson, Dave Taylor
    Not enough info (2):Graham Fenton, Tommy Husky

       1 COLLECTIVE ALBUMS:

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    VVAA  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Live: a week at the Bridge E16 - VVAA ( - ) (LIVE)

    • Guests: Ron Berg, Mick Clarke, Clive Edwards, Mick Eve, Billy Kristian, Stevie Lange, Jackie Lynton, Gerry McAvoy, Stewart McDonald, Jeff Peters, Dennis Stratton, Chris Thompson, Geoff Whitehorn (RIP: Ron Carthy, Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin, Steve Waller)
    • Comments: Live album (LP+EP) recorded at The Bridge House, Canning Town, London in April 1978. The album is shared with 5 bands: Jackie Lynton's Happy Days, Gerry McAvoy Jam, Salt, Filthy McNasty (3 tracks: ´Move Over´, ´Fire Down Below´ and ´Can't Get Next to You´), Remus Down Boulevard (2 tracks: ´Only for you´ and ´Gunrunner´).

       2 SESSIONS (FOR 2 ARTISTS):

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    Tommy Morrison Band  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Place your bets - Tommy Morrison (1979)

    • Members: (RIP: Tommy Morrison)
    • Guests: Kuma Harada, Stewart McDonald, Dave Ramsey (RIP: Rod De´Ath, Pete Farndon, James Honeyman Scott, Lou Martin, Gary Windo)
    • Producer: Paul Rodgers
    • Comments: Tommy Morrison is a friend of Paul Rodgers, so Paul produced the album and asked some of his mates (Lou Martin, Rod De´Ath, Stewart McDonald) to play here.
    Other info on members of Tommy Morrison Band (I know up to 1 members)
    Not enough info (1):Tommy Morrison
    Screaming Lord Sutch Band  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Rock & horror - Screaming Lord Sutch (1982)

    • Members: Bob Burgos, Matthew Fisher, Keith Grant, Robin Murly, Ray Neale, Mac Poole, Iain Terry (RIP: Screaming Lord Sutch + Tony Dangerfield, Freddie Fingers Lee)
    • Guests: Tony Hall, Pete Thomas (RIP: Rod De´Ath, Lou Martin)
    • Comments: This album was arranged by Rod De´Ath, where Lord Sutch re-recorded some of his most famous tunes.
    Other info on members of Screaming Lord Sutch Band (I know up to 137 members)
    Already covered (4):Clive Edwards, Ged Peck, Mac Poole, Harry Reynolds
    Old pages (6):Herbie Armstrong, Jeff Beck, Rick Brown, Jimmy Jewell, Micky Waller, Dave Wendells
    To be covered (127):Mick Abrahams, Dave Adams, Neil Ainsby, Avid Andersen, Larry Anderson, Angi Antinori, John Banks, Johnny Bedder, Sid Berry, Neil Besmoori, Ritchie Blackmore, Derek Bond, Bob Burgos, Jim Byers, Johnny Casanova, Jerry Chapman, Fred Cheeseman, Vic Clark, Stuart Colman, Pete Cowling, Frogman Curtis, Brad Dallaston, Tony Dangerfield, Spencer Davies, Derek Davis,... up to 127 musicians.

    UNRELEASED PROJECTS:

  • Around 1983, Mick Clarke started working with demos for what was to be his first solo album, Looking for trouble. He recorded those demos with Steve Waller, Lou Martin and Rod De´Ath. But Waller and De´Ath don´t appear in the final album.



  • QUESTIONS:

    01. Was Rod a member of a band called Mystery Train (maybe with Keith Grant)?

    02. Were there more different lineups of Killing Floor featuring Rod?

    03. Did Rod record some material with Killing Floor (what was supposed to be their 3rd album)?

    04. Did Ramrod recorded any album? I can´t find that info!

    05. Who is missing in the Chris Glen Band lineup? Maybe Dave Edwards?


    RELATED WEBSITE LINKS: 8


    Official site(s) - tell them you saw the link here:

    From the always interesting Alex's Picks (by Alex Gitlin), we have:

    From the superb site Knights in Blue Denim: The British Blues Scene '68 - '70 (by Christer Fridhammar & Vanja), we have:

    From the great site DME (by Dmitry M. Epstein), we have fantastic interviews:

    From the fantastic The British Sound blog (by Bruno Ceriotti), we have rock family trees about:

    Wikipedia doesn´t want to include links to this website, but I won´t do the same with them. So, from the great Wikipedia, we have:

    THANKS:

    Very Special Thanks to:
  • Mick Clarke: for his kind and warm messages, full of info (2001).

  • Special Thanks to:
  • Roger Cloake: for very interesting info about Chris Glen and Rod during 1979 and 1980 (2003).

  • Thanks to:
  • Alex Gitlin: my friend, for all his help, as well as for our interchange of info about Killing Floor, Rory Gallagher, Salt and Ramrod.

  • RELATED MUSICIANS:

    Rod De´Ath mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
    Lou Martin (22)
    Gerry McAvoy (20)
    Rory Gallagher (19)
    Ted McKenna (11)
    Wilgar Campbell (10)
    Mark Feltham (8)
    Donal Gallagher (7)
    Brendan O´Neill (7)
    Tony Arnold (6)
    John Cook (5)

    Page created by Miguel Terol on: 22/August/2014 - Last modified on: 23/August/2014. If you want to contribute with info, please write to: molympus1@gmail.com

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