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|Birth name||Rodney Coombes|
|Born||15 May 1946|
|Origin||Notting Hill, London|
|Genres||Rock, progressive rock, jazz-funk|
|Associated acts||The Luvvers (singer Lulu's backing band)
Stealers Wheel, Strawbs
He has played drums professionally since he was 17, when he joined singer Lulu's backing band The Luvvers. He played with the Jeff Beck Group at the time of the release of the single "Hi Ho Silver Lining" and then joined soul band Trifle, with whom he stayed for about 18 months. He moved on to raunchy blues rock band Juicy Lucy before joining Stealers Wheel for their eponymous first album (which spawned the million seller "Stuck in the Middle With You"). In 1973, he left the increasingly dysfunctional band and joined Strawbs, with whom he stayed until after the release of the 1977 album Burning for You. After spending some time on the studio side learning to engineer and produce, he lived in Malaysia for a period, returning to obtain his Masters degree. He rejoined Strawbs in 1998 for their 30th anniversary concert at Chiswick House and played on subsequent tours in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Rod also works with his jazz group 'Ming Hat' and with Mark Horwood (The Mummers) and bassist Matt Gray in the fusion group E.V.A. Rod and Yardbirds guitarist Top Topham are working on a blues-jazz Hammond organ trio project.
From 2005-2007 he mentored and taught Curt Lawrence, ex-Last Letter Read, who went on tour with MC Lars in England. Curt attributes his hard hitting style and double kick drum technique to Coombes' tuition.
Coombes composed three tracks for Strawbs:
- "Sad Young Man"
- "A Mind of my Own"
- "Changes Arranges Us", on which he also sang lead vocals.
Coombes currently teaches at Chichester College, a new Roland Academy, teaching Music Industry, and Drums and Percussion. He has also taught many session drummers, such as Sam Elliot, Mel Rigby and Joe 'B.I.G' Foote.
- First Meeting (Dawn DNLS 3017, 1970)
- Lie Back and Enjoy It (1970)
- Get a Whiff of This (1971)
- Stealers Wheel (1972)
John Entwistle (The Who)
- Whistle Rymes (1972)
- Hero and Heroine (1974)
- Ghosts (1974)
- Nomadness (1975)
- Deep Cuts (1976)
- Burning for You (1977)
- Blue Angel (2003)
- Déjà Fou (2004)
- The Broken Hearted Bride (2008)
- Dancing to the Devil's Beat (2009)
- Jam-ming (jazz) Gash Recordings 2002
Unless otherwise stated, the details are of the singles released in the UK.
- "Shout!" (1964)
- "Hi Ho Silver Lining" (1967)
- "All Together Now" / "Got My Thing" (United Artists UA 2270, 1969)
- "Old Fashioned Prayer Meeting" / "Dirty Old Town" (Dawn DNS 1008, 1970)
- "Stuck in the Middle with You" (1972)
- "Shine on Silver Sun"/"And Wherefore" (1973)
- "Hero and Heroine"/"Why" (1974)
- "Hold on to Me (The Winter Long)"/"Where do You Go" (1974)
- "Round and Round"/"Heroine's Theme" (1974) (US and Italy only)
- "Grace Darling"/"Changes Arranges" (1974)
- "Angel Wine"/"Grace Darling" (1975) (Japan only)
- "Lemon Pie"/"Don't Try to Change Me" (1975)
- "Little Sleepy" (1975) (US and Portugal only)
- "I Only Want My Love to Grow in You"/"Wasting My Time (Thinking of You)" (1976)
- "So Close and Yet So Far Away"/"The Soldier's Tale" (1976) (US only)
- "Charmer"/"Beside the Rio Grande" (1976)
- "Back in the Old Routine"/"Burning for You" (1977)
- "Keep on Trying"/"Simple Visions" (1977)
- "Heartbreaker" (1977) (US and South Africa only)
- "Joey and Me"/"Deadly Nightshade" (1978)
- "New Beginnings"/"Words of Wisdom" (1978)
- "I Don't Want to Talk About It"/"The Last Resort" (1978) (US only)