|Birth name||David Leslie Gilson Lavis|
|Born||27 June 1951|
|Genres||New wave, power pop|
|Associated acts||Squeeze, Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra|
Gilson Lavis (pronounced /ˈgɪlsən ˈleɪvɪs/ GILL-sən LAY-viss, born David Leslie Gilson Lavis, 27 June 1951, Bedford, England) is an English drummer and portrait artist. He gained fame as the drummer with band Squeeze in the 1970s. Lavis is currently the drummer with his ex-bandmate Jools Holland's band Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
Before joining Squeeze, he had already built up a substantial amount of experience, having toured with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dolly Parton. He was working in a brickyard when he noticed the advertisement in Melody Maker for Squeeze.
Lavis now tours around the United Kingdom with Jools Holland, his long-term musical partner.
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