Cliff Davies (musician)

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Cliff Davies
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Davies in 1978
Background information
DiedApril 2008 (aged 59–60)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Occupation(s)Drummer, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsDrums, piano, xylophone
Associated actsRoy Young Band, If, Ted Nugent, Grand Funk Railroad

Clifford "Cliff" Davies (c.1948 – 13 April 2008) was a British drummer, songwriter and producer.



After receiving tuition from pipe band drummer Jock Cree, and playing local gigs in the Aldershot area, in the early 70s he went on to join the Roy Young Band then the second incarnation of British jazz-rock band If from 1972 to 1975. He played on four albums by the band and contributed many of their songs.

Ted Nugent[edit]

Following If's break-up, Davies joined US hard rock guitarist Ted Nugent from 1975 to 1982 as drummer, producer and/or co-producer of all Nugent's recordings over those years, in collaboration with Lew Futterman, who had also produced If.[1]

In 1975 Nugent dropped The Amboy Dukes name and the band became The Ted Nugent Band. They were definitely a "band" and all of them wanted that and discussed it. None of them considered themselves as "back up players". One of the conditions of Derek St. Holmes joining them, was it was called a "band". So, they toured as The Ted Nugent Band and, in 1975, after replacing Staffield with Cliff Davies on vocals and drums, they went into the studio to do their first album, which at the time was unnamed, for Epic Records. Cliff was instrumental in organizing and producing the album, he basically came in from London and commandeered the recording session, which produced Ted Nugent's first gold album, which later went multi-platinum. He was never given full credit for producing this album.[1]

Ted Nugent Band

At this point, David Krebs of Leber & Krebs Management, convinced Nugent to drop the "band" and just call it "Ted Nugent". This was a total surprise to the "band" and it was the beginning of the end. The nucleus of Rob Grange, Derek St. Holmes, and Cliff Davies for songwriting, as well as arranging, was forever broken. The make up of the original members was really as a "band". In 1978, three years later and with four platinum albums titled Ted Nugent, Free-for-All, Cat Scratch Fever and Double Live Gonzo!, Grange and St. Holmes moved on to form St. Paradise, because Nugent did not want a "band concept". Their last concert together, as the original line-up, was Cal Jam 2 on March 18, 1978.[1][2]

In the 1980s, he worked for Next City Productions, also owned by Futterman, in New York City recording with Grand Funk Railroad among others. Since the late 1990s he lived in Atlanta teaching piano and drums. He was also instrumental in founding the Rock and Roll Remembers Foundation with writer Michael Robert Krikorian (co-author of And Speaking of Scorpions... The Autobiography of Scorpions Drummer Herman Ze German Rarebell).


Clifford Davies was found dead in his home in Atlanta on 13 April 2008. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.[3] Reed Beaver, the owner of Equametric Studio where Davies was employed as chief engineer, reported that Davies called him the night before his body was found and was "extremely distraught" over medical bills.[3]


With If[edit]

With Ted Nugent[edit]

Other recordings[edit]

  • Whitehorn (1974) - Geoff Whitehorn
  • In the Red (1983) - Fist
  • Today is tomorrow's yesterday(2008) - The Unknown Heros of Rock


  1. ^ a b c Martin Popoff (2012). Epic Ted Nugent. Toronto, Canada: Power Chord Press.
  2. ^ Sterling Whitaker (2013). "Cal Jam 2". Ultimate Classic Rock. Archived from the original on 18 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b The Associated Press (16 April 2008). "Nugent's former drummer, Clifford Davies, found dead of apparent suicide". mLive. Retrieved 30 October 2013.

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