Mick Gallagher

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Mick Gallagher
Mick Gallagher Photo Ph.BRIZARD.jpg
Gallagher on tour with "Animals and Friends"
France 2008.
Background information
Birth name Michael William Gallagher
Also known as Mickey Gallagher
Born (1945-10-29) 29 October 1945 (age 69)
Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Origin London, England
Genres Rock, punk rock, reggae, rock and roll
Occupation(s) Keyboardist, session musician, songwriter
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1965–present
Associated acts Ian Dury, The Blockheads, The Animals, Skip Bifferty, Roger Daltrey, Peter Frampton, Cochise, Topper Headon, The Clash, Arc, The Animals and Friends, Loving Awareness, The Chosen Few
Notable instruments
Hammond organ
Mick Gallagher and Davey Payne, with The Blockheads, at Water Rats, July 2111

Michael William "Mick" Gallagher (born 29 October 1945 in Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne, England) is a British Hammond organ player and best known as a member of Ian Dury and the Blockheads[1] and for his contributions to albums by the Clash. He has also written music for films such as Extremes (1971) and After Midnight (1990), also the Broadway play Serious Money (1988).


Mick Gallagher started his musical career with The Unknowns. He played with the Animals during 1965, replacing their founding member Alan Price. He moved on to form The Chosen Few, where he played alongside Alan Hull, who later formed Lindisfarne. Other associations include Skip Bifferty, Roger Daltrey, Peter Frampton's Camel and Cochise.[2]

His Hammond sound was a major contribution to Ian Dury and The Blockheads. He played on two of the most influential Clash albums, London Calling (1979) and Sandinista! (1980),[3] and made live appearances with the band, also playing on their last album Cut the Crap (1985), for which he never received a credit.

Gallagher worked with the Clash's drummer Topper Headon again in a short-lived band called Samurai, and again when they recorded Headon's Waking Up (1986), appearing with Bobby Tench and Jimmy Helms. Samurai guitarist Henry Padovani briefly described Gallagher in his memoir: "He had a family, was the serious one of the group, never snorted any coke and managed to somehow control Topper [Headon] a little. Playing with this talented musician was a pleasure."[4] Gallagher has also performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox.[5] More recently he returned to perform with The Blockheads and John Steel's The Animals and Friends.


  1. ^ "Mick Gallagher biography". theblockheads.com. Retrieved 26 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Mick Gallagher". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Clash albums". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Padovani, Henry (2009). Secret Police Man. Pen Press. pp. 6–8. ISBN 978-1-907172-83-0. 
  5. ^ "Mick Gallagher". rockartistmanagement.com. Retrieved 26 March 2010. [dead link]

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