Bobby Colomby

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Bobby Colomby (born Robert Wayne Colomby, 20 December 1944, in New York) is an innovative jazz-rock fusion drummer, and an original member of the group Blood, Sweat & Tears. He's also the uncredited drummer on John Cale and Terry Riley's collaboration album Church of Anthrax.[citation needed]

He graduated from the City College of NY with a degree in Psychology, and his elder brother Harry Colomby was the manager of Thelonious Monk.

Colomby played on the self-titled Blood, Sweat & Tears' 1970 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, which features the hit songs: "Spinning Wheel", "And When I Die", and "You've Made Me So Very Happy" (all sung by David Clayton-Thomas).[1] After many changes in the group he became (in the end) the defacto owner of Blood Sweat & Tears name.

Colomby produced jazz bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius' first solo album; The Jacksons' comeback album Destiny; Chris Botti's albums December, When I Fall in Love, To Love Again and Italia; Paula Cole's album Courage and Jeff Lorber's album He Had a Hat.

For a few years in the late 1980s Bobby Colomby was a reporter for the television programs Entertainment Tonight and "The CBS Morning Program." He also hosted "In Person from the Palace".

In 2000, Colomby and Richard Marx created Signal 21 Records.[2] The label released only one album, Richard Marx's Days in Avalon before the label folded shortly thereafter.

Colomby is married to Donna Abbott, a graphic designer and native of California.


  1. ^ "Blood, Sweat & Tears", Columbia LP CS 9720 (1968)
  2. ^ "Navarre sends out Signal 21". Business Wire. 2000. 

Bobby produced "Pages" first album entitled "Pages," whose members included Richard Page, who was a member of the band Mister Mr.

External links[edit]

  • Drummer world entry [1]
  • 1998 Interview [2]
  • IMDB Entry [3]