Paul Hammond (musician)

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Paul Hammond
Background information
Born 1952
Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Died 1992
Genres Progressive rock, hard rock
Occupations Drummer, composer
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1964–1992
Associated acts Atomic Rooster, Hard Stuff

Paul Hammond (1952–1992) was an English rock drummer, best known for his time with the progressive rock band Atomic Rooster.


Born in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, Hammond began playing drums aged 12, and joined his first band, The Farm, after winning a competition in the Melody Maker music newspaper.[1] When Atomic Rooster drummer Carl Palmer left the group to form Emerson, Lake & Palmer in August 1970, Hammond was recruited to replace him, joining vocalist / guitarist John Cann and keyboard player Vincent Crane. The band subsequently recorded the Death Walks Behind You album in September of that year, followed by the hit singles "Tomorrow Night" and "Devil's Answer". After the recording of In Hearing of Atomic Rooster in the summer of 1971, Hammond left the band along with Cann.[1]

Hammond and Cann joined forces with singer Al Shaw and bass guitarist John Gustafson to form Daemon, later changing the name to Bullet, and then Hard Stuff. Hammond recorded two albums with Hard Stuff before the band split up in 1973. That year he suffered serious leg injuries in a car accident in Belgium, and spent two years recovering.[1]

In 1977 Hammond joined The Intellektuals, an art punk band from London, led by Jack Hues and Nick Feldman.[1] After the group split in 1978, Hues and Feldman formed Wang Chung. Hammond then worked on John Du Cann's solo album (Cann having added the "Du" to his name),[2] and in 1980 he rejoined Atomic Rooster, which now once again consisted of Hammond, Du Cann and Crane. After Du Cann had left again, and the band recorded the unsuccessful Headline News album in 1983, they disbanded for good.

Hammond died in 1992 from an accidental drug overdose.[1]


Atomic Rooster[edit]

Hard Stuff[edit]

John Du Cann[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Talevski, Nick – "Knocking on Heaven's Door: Rock Obituaries", Omnibus Press, 2006, p.242.
  2. ^ "Whatever Happened to the Band?". Atomic Rooster biography. Retrieved 19 November 2011.