Jerry Shirley

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Jerry Shirley
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Background information
Birth name Jerry Shirley
Born (1952-02-04) 4 February 1952 (age 62)
Origin Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England
Genres Rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Drummer, musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1969-present
Associated acts Apostolic Intervention, Humble Pie, Fastway

Jerry Shirley (born 4 February 1952, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire) is an English rock drummer, best known as a member of the band Humble Pie, appearing on all their albums. He is also known for his work with Fastway, Joey Molland from Badfinger, David Gilmour, Alexis Korner, Billy Nicholls, Syd Barrett, John Entwistle, Sammy Hagar and Benny Mardones


Shirley began playing drums at an early age (Apostolic Intervention) and was recruited by vocalist and guitarist Steve Marriott to join the newly formed Humble Pie when he was just 17 years old. Shirley remained as Humble Pie's drummer throughout the group's entire career. He also worked on Steve Marriott's solo projects, and was a co-founder of the popular 1980s group Fastway. Shirley co-wrote Fastway's biggest hit, "Say What You Will".

After Fastway disbanded, Shirley reformed Humble Pie in the United States and appeared as the only original group member under the name Humble Pie Featuring Jerry Shirley, along with vocalist Charlie Huhn. They performed under that name, with a fluid lineup, for ten years, when Humble Pie disbanded once more. During this period, Shirley also worked as a disc jockey at WNCX, a classic rock station in Cleveland, Ohio.

Shirley returned to the UK in 1999. In 2000 he reformed Humble Pie with their original bassist Greg Ridley and another former band member, guitarist and vocalist Bobby Tench. He also appeared in a memorial concert for former Humble Pie bandmate Steve Marriott. More recently he has performed with the Deborah Bonham Band.[1]


  1. ^ "Deborah Bonham Band website". 20 September 2004. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Shirley, Jerry and Cohan, Jon. Best Seat in the House: Drumming in the '70s with Marriott, Frampton, and Humble Pie. Rebeats Press (2011). ISBN 978-1-888408-13-3.

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