Brian Davison (drummer)

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Brian Davison
Also known as"Blinky"
Born(1942-05-25)25 May 1942
Leicester, England
Died15 April 2008(2008-04-15) (aged 65)
Horns Cross, Bideford, Devon, England
GenresProgressive rock
Years active1950s (?)-2008
Associated actsMark Leeman Five, The Nice, Brian Davison's Every Which Way, Refugee, Gong

Brian Davison (25 May 1942 – 15 April 2008), nicknamed "Blinky", was a British drummer, best known for his work in The Nice. He was born in Leicester and died in Horns Cross, Bideford, Devon.


In the late 1950s, Davison played drums in various skiffle groups in and around the youth clubs in north-west London, especially around Baker Street. He rose to prominence drumming in the 1960s in Mark Leeman Five and then progressive rock group Shinn with keyboard player Don Shinn and bassist Paul Newton (later with Uriah Heep) and finally The Nice with keyboardist Keith Emerson, guitarist David O'List and bassist Lee Jackson.

After the breakup of The Nice, Davison formed a short-lived band called Brian Davison's Every Which Way featuring ex-Skip Bifferty lead singer Graham Bell. The band broke up after one album.[1] He then joined Jackson and keyboardist Patrick Moraz in Refugee. Refugee released one album, Refugee on Charisma Records, with music was composed by Moraz with lyrics from Jackson. An archival live album recorded at Newcastle City Hall (a soundboard recording, taken from Davison's private collection) was released in 2007. Davison subsequently played in Gong before leaving the music business for a period.

In 2002 he and his bandmates Jackson and Emerson resurfaced to reform The Nice and, together with guitarist Dave Kilminster, performed a four-date reunion tour. A three-disk box-set album, Vivacitas, recorded at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, was released in September 2003.[2]

Davison taught drumming at Bideford College.[3] He died on 15 April 2008 at his home in Horns Cross near Bideford in Devon.[4]


  1. ^ Joseph Murrells -The Book of Golden Discs -1978 Page 291 "The first recording of the poem, entitled 'Child of the Universe' featuring the 'Desiderata' words and set to a tune by singer Graham Bell, seems to be that by the British group Every Which Way in September 1970 formed by ex-Nice drummer Brian Davison, on their first and only album."
  2. ^ Anderson, Doug (November 2002). "Keith Emerson & The Nice: London Royal Festival Hall: 6 Oct 2002". Rock Reviews ( Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Brian Davison: Drummer with The Nice". 22 April 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2017.

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