|Birth name||Enrico Antonio Giorgio Spinetti|
|Born||31 March 1951|
Cwm, Blaenau Gwent, Wales
|Origin||Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, session musician|
|Associated acts||The Herd, Judas Jump, Storyteller, Eric Clapton, Andy Fairweather Low|
Spinetti was born in Cwm, near Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire, Wales. His first band, aged about 12½ or 13, was The Toby Four (named after Toby beer), which rehearsed in the Ambray Hotel and played songs by The Shadows, amongst others. He then joined another group called The Choice from Tredegar, with a guitarist influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Afyer this he got into a group in Cardiff called The Clockwork Motion, which played as far afield as Newcastle and Birmingham, with Spinetti playing a Premier Black Pearl drum kit. He then secured an audition for a London band Floribunda Rose. He travelled to London, with his drums, on the train, and went to the band's flat in Earls Court; he played four or five numbers and got the job. The band became Scragg and went to the Top 10 Club in Hamburg.
Spinetti began his recording career with the Scrugg, which recorded on the Pye label. Band members included fellow Welshman Jack Russell, Chris Dee and the South African singer-songwriter, John Kongos. In the early 1970s, Spinetti appeared with Kongos on BBC Television's Top of the Pops performing Kongos' chart hit single, "He's Gonna Step on You Again". After leaving Scrugg, Spinetti's early work included spells with The Herd and Judas Jump, who were the opening act at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. The line-up of The Herd and Judas Jump included Andy Bown, who later joined Status Quo. He was a member of the UK band Hustler which released two albums - High Street (1974) and Play Loud (1975), the latter of which was produced by Roy Thomas Baker.
Spinetti played on eight of the ten tracks on Gerry Rafferty's album City to City (including the hit "Baker Street"), and also played in the 2002 memorial concert for George Harrison, "The Concert For George". In 2011 Spinetti recorded with Andy Bown again, playing drums on Bown's solo album "Unfinished Business". Spinetti was a member of Eric Clapton's touring band in the 2010s.
Spinetti's recording credits include the following:
With Joan Armatrading
- Whatever's for Us (Cube Records, 1972)
- Show Some Emotion (A&M Records, 1977)
- To the Limit (A&M Records, 1978)
With Eric Clapton
- Just One Night (Polydor, 1980)
- Another Ticket (RSO Records, 1981)
- August (Warner Bros. Records, 1986)
- Old Sock (Surfdog Records, 2013)
- I Still Do (Surfdog Records, 2016)
With Roger Daltrey
- Ride a Rock Horse (Track Records, 1975)
With Bob Dylan
- Down in the Groove (Columbia Records, 1988)
With Roger Chapman
- Chappo (Arista Records, 1979)
- Hybrid and Lowdown (Polydor Records, 1990)
With George Harrison
- Gone Troppo (Dark Horse Records, 1982)
With Paul McCartney
With Katie Melua
- Call off the Search (Dramatico, 2003)
- Piece by Piece (Dramatico, 2005)
- Pictures (Dramatico, 2007)
- The House (Dramatico, 2010)
- Secret Symphony (Dramatico, 2012)
- Ketevan (Dramatico, 2013)
With Gerry Rafferty
With Cliff Richard
- Stronger (EMI, 1989)
With Leo Sayer
- Silverbird (Chrysalis Records, 1973)
- Rough Mix (MCA, 1977)
With Bonnie Tyler
- Diamond Cut (RCA Records, 1978)
With Bill Wyman
- Groovin' (Roadrunner Records, 2000)
- "Henry Spinetti". Procolharum.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
- "Interview with Henry Spinetti at mikedollar.com". Mikedolbear.com. 1 May 2011. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
- "Floribunda Rose and Scrugg at". Garagehangover.com. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
- Judas Jump at AllMusic
- "Victor Spinetti - Biography". Victorspinetti.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2020.