Clem Clempson

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Clem Clempson
2010-11-01 Colosseum, Brueckenforum, Bonn IMG 6506 Clem Clempson.jpg
Clem Clempson, 2010
Background information
Birth name David Clempson
Born (1949-09-05) 5 September 1949 (age 67)
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Genres Rock, R&B, hard rock, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals, talkbox, bass guitar, keyboards, drums
Years active 1966-present
Associated acts Humble Pie, Colosseum, Bakerloo, Uriah Heep
Notable instruments
Fender StratocasterGibson Les Paul

David "Clem" Clempson (born 5 September 1949 in Tamworth, Staffordshire) is an English rock guitarist who has played as a member in a number of bands including Colosseum and Humble Pie.


Clempson began his career in the late 1960s with the power trio, Bakerloo (originally The Bakerloo Blues Line), playing blues-rock. In 1969, he joined Colosseum, until they disbanded in 1971, but re-joined to form a reunion version of the band in 1994, and has continued to perform with them since that time. After Colosseum's split he went on to join Humble Pie in 1971, replacing Peter Frampton. When the band split in 1975 he and Greg Ridley joined drummer Cozy Powell to form Strange Brew. During this period, Clempson auditioned for Deep Purple but lost to Tommy Bolin. Although he played in Marriott’s All Stars he opted not to join the reformed Humble Pie in 1980.

In 1977, Clempson formed the short lived band Rough Diamond with former Uriah Heep singer David Byron.

Clempson has appeared as a guest musician with Jack Bruce, Billy Cobham and Dave Sancious, Roger Waters, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Bob Dylan, Chris de Burgh and Jon Anderson.

Credits extend into scores for many films, most notably Evita, G.I. Jane, Lawn Dogs, and Tomorrow Never Dies. Clempson was also called upon by the Oscar-winning composer Trevor Jones for arrangements for the 1999 romantic comedy film, Notting Hill.[1]

From 2008 to summer 2012 he played as a member of Hamburg Blues Band. After that he has formed his own The Clem Clempson Band which started touring in the end of February 2013 in Braunschweig, Germany. Among others the band include Adrian Askew from Hamburg Blues Band and the band is featuring also Chris Farlowe in vocals occasionally.


  1. ^ "Dave Clempson". 1949-09-05. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 

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