Davey Payne

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Davey Payne
Davey Payne at Water Rats.jpg
Davey Payne at Water Rats, 2011
Background information
Birth name David Payne
Born (1944-08-11) 11 August 1944 (age 72)
Origin Willesden, London, England
Genres Rock, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Years active 1960s–present
Labels Stiff
Associated acts Kilburn and the High-Roads
The Blockheads
Ian Dury
Website www.theblockheads.com

David 'Davey' Payne (born 11 August 1944 in Willesden, North West London)[1] is an English saxophonist best known as a member of Ian Dury's backing band The Blockheads, and his twin saxophone solo on their 1978 UK #1 single "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick". He also appeared on the first version of Nico's 1981 album Drama of Exile.

According to Pete Frame's Rock Family Trees, Payne grew up in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex and started playing the clarinet because of his enjoyment of Dixieland jazz. On hearing swing, bebop and Dexter Gordon in the 1960s he moved to London, and began taking lessons and going to jazz clubs. He also took up the soprano saxophone, and began playing in mixed media events. He was drawn into The People Band, and moved with them to the Netherlands.

He met Ian Dury when he visited London in late 1970 - "He thought I was a junkie, I thought he was an idiot" - and returned to the Netherlands. After the People Band played a gig in London with Kilburn and the High Roads in 1971, he was coerced into joining them for a jam at their home, and ended up staying with the band until it broke up in June 1975. He thereafter returned to Clacton; he played two gigs with Ronnie Lane, and a few with The Fabulous Poodles. In the meantime Ian Dury launched a solo career, and Payne contributed to a few songs on Dury's first album, New Boots and Panties!!, in 1977.[2] Payne, however, joined Wreckless Eric's band.

After the completion of his album and its success, Dury badgered Payne into rejoining his band, now called The Blockheads, full-time; Payne did, and became co-composer of numerous songs in their catalogue. He left the band in August 1998 but returned for an exclusive performance of New Boots And Panties!! on 17 April 2008, and on 30 April 2009 for two shows at The Electric Ballroom in Camden. He now plays regularly with the band again.




  1. ^ "Biographies : Davey Payne". The Blockheads. 11 August 1944. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Davey Payne Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Davey Payne". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 January 2012.