Jamie Oldaker

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Jamie Oldaker
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Background information
Birth name James Oldaker
Born (1951-09-05) 5 September 1951 (age 64)
Origin Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Genres Alternative country, Rock, Blues
Instruments Drums, Percussion
Years active 1971-present
Associated acts Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, The Tractors, Frehley's Comet
Website Official website

James (Jamie) Oldaker is an American rock music, blues rock and country music drummer and percussionist. He was born September 5, 1951 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is an exponent of the shuffle style.

One of the first bands that Oldaker was a member of in 1965 was called The Rogues Five. The Rogues Five saw regional success and opened for other more popular bands such as Jim Morrison and The Doors at the Tulsa Convention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[1] Oldaker and The Rogues Five were a regular band on KOTV’s popular teen dance show “Dance Party.”[2] After a stint in Bob Seger's band (on the album Back in '72), Oldaker joined Eric Clapton in 1974 during the recording of 461 Ocean Boulevard. Oldaker remained a member of Clapton's studio and touring bands through 1979, when the entire band was dismissed. Oldaker would return to the Clapton band in 1983, leaving in 1986.[3] Oldaker appears on the blues side of the live recording 24 Nights from 1990 and 1991. Not long after leaving Clapton's band, Oldaker briefly became a member of Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley's project, Frehley's Comet, appearing on the 1988 album Second Sighting. He was a founding member of the alt.country band The Tractors in 1994.[4]

Oldaker has also recorded with musicians such as The Bellamy Brothers, Asleep at the Wheel, Peter Frampton, Stephen Stills, Leon Russell, Ace Frehley, Freddie King, and The Bee Gees.[3]

In August, 2005 Oldaker released Mad Dogs & Okies on Concord Records, a collection of tunes celebrating the music and musicians of Oklahoma, which he produced. Collaborators include Eric Clapton, Vince Gill, J. J. Cale, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn, Bonnie Bramlett, and Joe and Ellen. It will be accompanied by a companion film project.