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Andy Newmark at The Three Mariners, Faversham, UK in June of 2008
July 14, 1950 |
Port Chester, New York, USA
|Genres||Rock, soul, funk, R&B|
Andrew "Andy" Newmark (born July 14, 1950 in Port Chester, New York) is an American session drummer who is well known as the onetime drummer for Sly and the Family Stone, and has also played with numerous other artists, particularly British acts such as John Lennon, Pink Floyd, and Roxy Music.
Newmark was born in Port Chester, New York, and raised primarily in the nearby suburb of Mamaroneck. His mother was Bermudian, and his father was a Russian Jewish immigrant who worked in the New York District Attorney's office. First taking up the drums at the age of nine, Newmark gradually honed his craft and was taking paid gigs at age 15. Visiting his mother's native Bermuda frequently throughout his youth, Newmark made the decision to move there on a more permanent basis at the age of 16. Newmark played in the Bermuda Jam, a Bermuda band that included former Savages guitarist Paul Muggleton.
One of his first prolific gigs was recording with a young Carly Simon, and he is featured on Simon's 1971 album Anticipation as well as her follow-up album, No Secrets. These, and other early sessions segued into a more permanent role as a member of the funk band Sly and the Family Stone from 1972 to 1973. Hired to replace Gerry Gibson, who in turn had replaced founding Family Stone member Gregg Errico, Newmark was invited to audition for Sly Stone by Family Stone saxophonist Pat Rizzo. Newmark went on to record one album as the Family Stone's drummer, Fresh (1973) and also performed with the band for two years in live concert. And had played Beautifully Sweet Beat time on a Bread Recording 'LA Session to Artist' Giants.
After leaving Family Stone in 1974, Newmark returned to session work, soon landing another prominent role playing drums on Gary Wright's 1975 album Dream Weaver. In addition, Newmark has performed and recorded with John Lennon, Cat Stevens, Joe Walsh, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Roy Buchanan, Bryan Ferry, George Harrison, Rickie Lee Jones, Patrick Moraz, Randy Newman, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Murray Head, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Roxy Music, ABC, Hue and Cry, Laura Nyro, Nicolette Larson, Elkie Brooks, Sting, Steve Winwood, Nils Lofgren, George Benson and Michael Franks.
In 1980, Newmark was the sole drummer on John Lennon's last album, Double Fantasy, as well as Milk and Honey released in 1984. He was also the featured drummer on Yoko Ono's Season of Glass in 1981. His connection with the Double Fantasy album was reprised in 2012 with his contributions to the Lennon Bermuda tribute album on several tracks including those by Paul Carrack, Bryan Ferry, Nils Lofgren and Rocky and the Natives.
Newmark uses Yamaha drums, Remo drum heads, Zildjian cymbals, and Regal Tip drumsticks. His drum setup and cymbals vary slightly with who he plays with, but generally favors a setup consisting of a bass drum, rack tom, snare drum, and then one or two floor toms. He plays a mix of Zildjian A and K cymbals:
13" A new beat hi-hats
8" A splash
16" A rock crash
17" A thin crash
18" A thin crash
14" A new beat hi-hats
20" A medium ride
20" K ride
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With Carly Simon
- Anticipation (1971)
- No Secrets (1972)
- Hotcakes (1974)
- Playing Possum (1975)
- Another Passenger (1976)
- This is My Life (1992)
- Letters Never Sent (1994)
- Fresh (EPIC, 1973)
With Gary Wright
- The Dream Weaver (1975)
With George Benson
- In Concert-Carnegie Hall (CTI, 1975)
- Good King Bad (CTI, 1975)
- Benson & Farrell with Joe Farrell (CTI, 1976)
With Patti Austin
- End of a Rainbow (CTI, 1976)
With Urbie Green
- The Fox (CTI, 1976)
With Lalo Schifrin
- Black Widow (CTI, 1976)
With John Lennon
- Double Fantasy (1980)
With Roxy Music
- Balance (1981)
With Pink Floyd
- The Final Cut (Harvest/Columbia, 1983)
With Roger Waters
With Rocky and the Natives
- Let's Hear it for the Old Guys Yard Dog Records 2013
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- ANDY NEWMARK/Keef Trouble - an interview on YouTube. Retrieved 9-2-2013.
- "Drummerworld: Andy Newmark". Drummerworld.
- "Credits for "I've Got My Own Album To Do" (Ronnie Wood, 1974)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
- "Andy Newmark" by Rick Mattingly, Modern Drummer magazine, 8:2, Feb. 1984
- "Michael Franks - Objects of Desire". Disoggs.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
- "Recording David Gilmour's On An Island". Sound on Sound magazine. Retrieved 2006-06-01.