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Andy Newmark

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Andy Newmark
Newmark at the Three Mariners, Faversham, Kent, England, in 2008
Newmark at the Three Mariners, Faversham, Kent, England, in 2008
Background information
Born (1950-07-14) July 14, 1950 (age 73)
Port Chester, New York, U.S.
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active1967–present

Andrew Newmark (born July 14, 1950)[1] is an American session drummer who was a member of Sly and the Family Stone and has played with George Harrison, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Carly Simon, Ron Wood and Roxy Music.


Andrew Newmark was born on July 14, 1950, in Port Chester, New York, and raised primarily in the nearby suburb of Mamaroneck. His mother was Bermudian and his father, Charles W. Newmark, was an Assistant District Attorney from 1938 to 1940 in New York City under District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey. His Father was Russian-Jewish. Taking up the drums at the age of nine, Newmark gradually honed his craft and was taking paid gigs at age 15.[2] Visiting his mother's native Bermuda frequently throughout his youth, Newmark made the decision to move there at the age of 16.[1] Newmark played in the Bermuda Jam, a band that included guitarist Paul Muggleton.

One of his first gigs was recording with Carly Simon on her albums Anticipation and No Secrets. These and other 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 had replaced founding member Greg Errico, Newmark was invited to audition for Sly Stone by saxophonist Pat Rizzo.[3] Newmark went on to record one album, Fresh (1973), as the Family Stone's drummer and performed with the band for two years in concert.

After leaving Family Stone in 1974, Newmark played drums for the first month of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar's 1974 North American tour, and returned to session work, playing drums on Gary Wright's 1975 album Dream Weaver.[4] He continued performing on Carly Simon's solo albums throughout the 1970s and again in the 1990s. Newmark has performed and recorded with John Lennon, Cat Stevens, Joe Walsh, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Roy Buchanan, Bryan Ferry, Dan Fogelberg, George Harrison, Rickie Lee Jones, Patrick Moraz, Randy Newman, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Murray Head, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, Luther Vandross, Ronnie Wood,[5] Roxy Music, ABC, Hue and Cry, Laura Nyro, Nicolette Larson, Elkie Brooks, Sting, Steve Winwood,[6] Nils Lofgren,[6] George Benson, and Michael Franks.

In 1980, Newmark was the drummer on John Lennon's last album, Double Fantasy, as well as Milk and Honey released in 1984. He was 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[7] on several tracks, including those by Paul Carrack, Bryan Ferry, Nils Lofgren, and Rocky and the Natives.

According to a 2006 Sound on Sound magazine interview[8] with engineer Andy Jackson, Newmark played drums on David Gilmour's On an Island album. Newmark also plays on several tracks on David Gilmour's 2015 solo album Rattle That Lock.


Newmark uses Yamaha drums, Remo drum heads, Zildjian cymbals and Vic Firth 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.

Drums: Yamaha Recording Custom and Tour Custom Series:

  • 16"x24" bass drum
  • 8"x12" rack tom
  • 16"x16" floor tom

Cymbals: Zildjian:

  • 13" A new beat hi-hats or 14" A new beat hi-hats
  • 8" A splash
  • 16" A rock crash or 17" A thin crash
  • 18" A thin crash
  • 20" A medium ride or 20" K ride or 20" K Constantinople ride

Drumheads: Remo

  • Yamaha variation of Remo drumheads

Drumsticks: Vic Firth:

  • Vic Firth 5A drumsticks


With Carly Simon

With Sly and the Family Stone

With Badfinger

With James Taylor

With John Lennon and Yoko Ono

With George Harrison

With Carole King

With Ronnie Wood

With David Bowie

With Gary Wright

With Rickie Lee Jones

With Lalo Schifrin

With Gloria Gaynor

With Stephen Bishop

With B.B. King

With Eric Clapton

With George Benson

With Bob James

With Neil Larsen

  • Jungle Fever (1978)

With Sting

With Patti Austin

With Murray Head

With Yoko Ono

With Patrick Moraz

With Hank Crawford

With Gene Parsons

With Irene Cara

With Cheryl Lynn

With Bill LaBounty

  • Bill LaBounty (1982)

With Laura Nyro

With Michael Franks

With Urbie Green

With Paul Carrack

With Joe Walsh

With Elkie Brooks

With Stevie Nicks

With Ron Davies

  • U.F.O. (1973)

With John Martyn

With Richie Havens

  • Connections (1980)

With Mark Farner

With Dan Fogelberg

With Randy Newman

With Mary Chapin Carpenter

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Cat Stevens

With Roxy Music

With ABC

With Rod Stewart

With Carole Bayer Sager

  • Carole Bayer Sager (1977)

With Pink Floyd

With Roger Waters

With Michael Bolton

With Judie Tzuke

With David Gilmour

With Bryan Ferry


  1. ^ a b Scrymgeour, Alex (2008). "Andy Newmark: And the beat goes on." The Royal Gazette (online) October 10, 2008. Retrieved 9-2-2013.
  2. ^ ANDY NEWMARK/Keef Trouble - an interview on YouTube. Retrieved 9-2-2013.
  3. ^ "Drummerworld: Andy Newmark". Drummerworld.
  4. ^ Gary Wright Dream Weaver Retrieved 24 September 2022
  5. ^ "Credits for "I've Got My Own Album To Do" (Ronnie Wood, 1974)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  6. ^ a b "Andy Newmark" by Rick Mattingly, Modern Drummer magazine, 8:2, Feb. 1984
  7. ^ "John Lennon Bermuda".
  8. ^ "Recording David Gilmour's On an Island". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 2006-06-01.

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