Andy Newmark

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Andy Newmark
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Andy Newmark at The Three Mariners, Faversham, UK in June of 2008
Background information
Born (1950-07-14) July 14, 1950 (age 64)
Port Chester, New York, USA
Genres Rock, soul, funk, R&B
Occupations Drummer
Years active 1967–present
Associated acts

Andrew "Andy" Newmark (born July 14, 1950 in Port Chester, New York)[1] is an American session drummer who is well known as the onetime drummer for Sly and the Family Stone, and has also played with numerous other artists, particularly British acts such as John Lennon, Pink Floyd, and Roxy Music.

Biography[edit]

Newmark was born in Port Chester, New York, and raised primarily in the nearby suburb of Mamaroneck. His mother was Bermudian, and his father was a Russian Jewish immigrant who worked in the New York District Attorney's office. First taking up the drums at the age of nine, Newmark gradually honed his craft and was taking paid gigs at age 15.[2] Visiting Bermuda frequently throughout his youth, Newmark made the decision to move there on a more permanent basis at the age of 16.[1] Newmark played in the Bermuda Jam, a Bermuda band that included former Savages guitarist Paul Muggleton.

One of his first prolific gigs was recording with a young Carly Simon, and he is featured on Simon's 1971 album Anticipation as well as her follow-up album, No Secrets. These, and other early sessions segued into a more permanent role as a member of the funk band Sly and the Family Stone from 1972 to 1973. Hired to replace Gerry Gibson, who in turn had replaced founding Family Stone member Gregg Errico, Newmark was invited to audition for Sly Stone by Family Stone saxophonist Pat Rizzo.[3] Newmark 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.

After leaving Family Stone in 1974, Newmark returned to session work, soon landing another prominent role playing drums on Gary Wright's 1975 album Dream Weaver. In addition, Newmark has performed and recorded with John Lennon, Cat Stevens, Joe Walsh, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Roy Buchanan, Bryan Ferry, George Harrison, Rickie Lee Jones, Patrick Moraz, Randy Newman, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Murray Head, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood,[4] Roxy Music, ABC, Hue and Cry, Laura Nyro, Nicolette Larson, Elkie Brooks, Sting, Steve Winwood,[5] Nils Lofgren,[5] George Benson and Michael Franks.[6]

In 1980, Newmark 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[7] on several tracks including those by Paul Carrack, Bryan Ferry, Nils Lofgren and Rocky and the Natives.

According to a 2006 Sound on Sound magazine interview[8] with engineer Andy Jackson, Newmark played drums on David Gilmour's On an island album.

Since 2011, Newmark has been a member of Kent (United Kingdom) based band Rocky and the Natives.[9]

Discography[edit]

With Carly Simon

With Sly and the Family Stone

With John Lennon

With Gary Wright

With George Benson

With Patti Austin

With Urbie Green

With Lalo Schifrin

With Rocky and the Natives

  • Let's Hear it for the Old Guys Yard Dog Records 2013

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