Don Murray (drummer)

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Donald Ray Murray (November 8, 1945 – March 22, 1996) was an American drummer, best known for his work with The Turtles.

Career[edit]

Murray grew up in Inglewood, California and started playing drums at the age of 15. He became popular playing high school dances with the band The Crossfires. A year later the Crossfires became the Turtles, but the band had troubles playing at most Southern California venues such as Whiskey A Go Go and the Troubadour, because all members of the band were under 21.

The band opened for larger "British Invasion" bands at first, such as Herman's Hermits and Peter & Gordon, before touring the US that summer.

Personal life[edit]

Murray married his high school girlfriend Kathy Koontz as The Turtles hit the big time, and soon they had a daughter, Jenny.

He was admitted to a hospital in January 1996 for ulcer surgery, and died three months later from post-operative complications.

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