Chris Whitten

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Chris Whitten
Born (1959-03-26) 26 March 1959 (age 60)
GenresRock, pop, world
Occupation(s)musician, drummer
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, vocals
Associated actsPaul McCartney
Dire Straits
Tom Jones
Johnny Cash
The Pretenders
The The
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Julian Cope
The Waterboys

Chris Whitten (born 26 March 1959) is a British session drummer who provided drums for the hit singles "What I Am" by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, "World Shut your Mouth" by Julian Cope and "The Whole of the Moon" by The Waterboys. Two critically acclaimed projects that Whitten was the drummer for were Paul McCartney's Flowers In The Dirt album in 1989, and Dire Straits final world tour from 1991-1992 to accompany their last studio album, On Every Street. He also played drums on some tracks of the album Titanic (1982) by the Italian songwriter Francesco De Gregori. Whitten was also a member of The Catch, with Don Snow.

Whitten unusually has used a Noble & Cooley drum kit which are radically designed drums. The toms and snare are single-ply, steam-bent shells which give them (especially the snare) a distinctive sound. He has also recorded with such varied musicians as Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, The Pretenders, Swing Out Sister, ABC and The The.

Whitten has been an active participant and Honorary VIP Member of the Drummer Cafe community forum since 2003.

Whitten is a specialist at drum sample production and has contributed drums and percussion with recording partner British engineer/Producer Peter Henderson of Supertramp fame for the Toontrack drum sample libraries Custom and Vintage SDX and The Classic EZX as well as several others.

He toured with The Dire Strait Experience[1] and visited India to perform at a charity event in Gurgaon and Bangalore, India in March 2017[2]


  1. ^ "The Dire Straits Experience | Former band member Chris White and six world class musicians perform the music of Dire Straits".
  2. ^ "Songdew & 100Pipers | The Dire Straits Experience Live Event".