Bryson Graham

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Bryson Graham
Birth name Bryson Macrae Graham
Born 1 September 1952 (1952-09)
Died 6 December 1993(1993-12-06) (aged 41)
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Spooky Tooth, Girl

Bryson Macrae Graham (1 September 1952 – 6 December 1993)[1][2] was an English rock drummer, most notable as a member of both Spooky Tooth and Girl, and as a session musician.

Life and career[edit]

Bryson Graham commenced his professional recording career, at the age of seventeen as a member of Mainhorse Airline, with David Kubinec, Patrick Moraz, and Jean Ristori (late summer 1969 to 1970). Kubinec left, and guitarist Auguste De Antoni was replaced by Peter Lockett; the band's name being shortened to Mainhorse (1970 to mid-1971).[3] He also played with Gary Wright and Wonderwheel, including George Harrison as a special guest member, on The Dick Cavett Show. Graham later played with Alvin Lee[4] and Ten Years After.

Graham was a member of Spooky Tooth and appeared on two of their albums: You Broke My Heart So I Busted Your Jaw (1973), and The Mirror (1974).

He later played for the glam rock band Girl. He played on some of Wasted Youth (1982) and on Live at the Exposition Hall, Osaka, Japan (2001; originally recorded 1982).

In 1983, he recorded an album with Zahara, a group with several notable members including Reebop Kwaku Baah (percussion), Paul Delph (keyboards), and Rosko Gee (bass).[5]

He was later a prolific session musician and worked with Gary Wright, co-writing the score for the film Benjamin.[6] He took part in the punk and new wave scenes, playing with Ian North in Neo and recording the album Neo. He also played on three albums by ex-Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi,[3] and Money and the Magic (1990) to support ex-Girl band member Gerry Laffy's solo career. Graham also worked with Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin,[7] plus Richard Dobson on In Texas Last December (1976),[8] and with Rabbit Bundrick on Dark Saloon (1974).[9]

Graham died in December 1993 at the age of 41.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Bryson Graham Online Memorial |". Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  2. ^ "The Musicians' Olympus: Obituaries for musicians in 1993". 2009-12-21. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  3. ^ a b Bryson Graham. "Bryson Graham - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Pump Iron! - Alvin Lee : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  5. ^ "Zahara (3) - Flight Of The Spirit (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  6. ^ The score is credited to Gary Wright and Eberhard Schoener. See Benjamin - Full Credits;
  7. ^ "Up from the Dark - Barbara Gaskin, Dave Stewart, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  8. ^ "In Texas Last December - Richard Dobson : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  9. ^ "Dark Saloon - Rabbit : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
Preceded by
Pete Barnacle
Girl drummer Succeeded by