Jerry Shirley

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Jerry Shirley
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Background information
Birth name Jerry Shirley
Born (1952-02-04) 4 February 1952 (age 65)
Origin Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England
Genres Rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion, keyboards
Years active 1969–present
Associated acts Apostolic Intervention
Humble Pie

Jerry Shirley (born 4 February 1952) is an English rock drummer, best known as a member of the band Humble Pie, appearing on all their albums. He is also known for his work with Fastway, Joey Molland from Badfinger, Alexis Korner, Billy Nicholls, Syd Barrett, John Entwistle, Sammy Hagar and Benny Mardones.[1]


Shirley was born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, and began playing drums for the band Apostolic Intervention at an early age. He was later recruited by Steve Marriott to join the then newly formed rock band Humble Pie, when he was seventeen years old.[2] Shirley remained as Humble Pie's drummer for the majority of the group's history and he is the only original member who played on every album. He also worked on Steve Marriott's solo projects, such as Packet of three[2] and was a co-founder of the popular 1980s group Fastway.[3] Shirley co-wrote Fastway's biggest hit, "Say What You Will".[4]

After leaving Fastway, Shirley joined the line up of Waysted and reformed Humble Pie in the United States, with Charlie Huhn as vocalist. Shirley was the only original group member and they were billed as Humble Pie Featuring Jerry Shirley.[1] They performed with a fluid lineup for ten years before disbanding. During this period, Shirley also worked as a disc jockey at WNCX, a classic rock station in Cleveland, Ohio.[5]

Shirley returned to the UK in 1999. In 2000 he reformed Humble Pie with their original bassist Greg Ridley and another former band member, guitarist and vocalist Bobby Tench.[1] They recorded Humble Pie's eleventh studio album Back on Track (2002) and he also appeared in a memorial concert for former Humble Pie bandmate Steve Marriott.[6] More recently he has performed with the Deborah Bonham Band. He also played on her album called Duchess [7]

In 1970 he worked on the first two solo albums by Syd Barrett. On Syd's debut LP The Madcap Laughs he played with David Gilmour and Roger Waters, as well as Soft Machine members Mike Ratledge, Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt. On this first record, Jerry shared drums with Wyatt and drummer Willie Wilson. On Barrett , he worked with David Gilmour and Richard Wright, again sharing drums with Willie Wilson.


  • Apostolic Intervention :
  • Single :
  • 1967 : (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me ?/Madame Garcia - Immediate Records
  • Humble Pie : Studio Albums :
  • 1969 : As safe as yesterday is - Immediate Records
  • 1969 : Town and country - Immediate Records
  • 1970 : Humble Pie - A&M Records
  • 1971 : Rock on - A&M
  • 1972 : Smokin' - A&M
  • 1973 : Eat it - A&M
  • 1974 : Thunderbox - A&M
  • 1975 : Street Rats - A&M
  • 1980 : On to victory - Atco Records
  • 1981 : Go for the throat - Atco
  • 2002 : Back on track - Sanctuary Records
  • Live Albums :
  • 1971 : Performance Rockin' the Fillmore - A&M Records
  • 1995 : King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: In Concert Humble Pie Live 1973 - King Biscuit Flower Hour Records – 908015.2
  • 2000 : Extended Versions - BMG Special Products
  • 2000 : Natural Born Boogie The BBC Sessions - Band Of Joy – BOJCD010
  • 2002 : Live at the Whiskey A-Go-Go '69 - Sanctuary Records
  • 2013 : Performance Rockin' the Fillmore: The Complete Recordings - Omnivore Recordings
  • Compilation Albums :
  • Lost and Found (1973) A&M No. 37 US
  • Back Home Again (1976) Immediate UK
  • Greatest Hits (1977) Immediate UK
  • Best of Humble Pie (1982) A&M
  • Classics Volume 14 (1987) A&M
  • Early Years (1994) Griffin
  • Hot n' Nasty: The Anthology (1994) A&M
  • The Scrubbers Sessions (1997) Archive/Paradigm
  • The Immediate Years: Natural Born Boogie (1999) Recall (UK)
  • Running with the Pack (1999) Pilot
  • Twentieth Century Masters: The Millennium Collection (2000) A&M
  • The Atlanta Years (2005) previously unreleased studio album (1980) and live performance (1983)
  • The Definitive Collection (2006)
  • One More for the Old Tosser (2006)

  • Natural Gas :
  • 1976 : Natural Gas (Private Stock PS 2011)

  • Fastway :
  • 1983 : Fastway
  • 1984 : All Fired Up

  • Waysted :
  • 1985 : Waysted

  • Collaborations :
  • 1970 : The Madcap Laughs from Syd Barrett - With David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Mike Ratledge, Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt.
  • 1970 : Barrett from Syd Barrett - With David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Willie Wilson.
  • 1971 : Smash Your Head Against the Wall from John Entwistle
  • 1976 : Nine on a Ten Scale from Sammy Hagar
  • 1978 : Thank God for Girls from Benny Mardones


  • 2001 : Steve Marriott Live from Steve Marriott


  1. ^ a b c "Jerry Shirley". Retrieved 2015-02-06. 
  2. ^ a b Hewitt, Paolo. Small faces: The young mods' forgotten story. Acid Jazz (1995). p. 145. 
  3. ^ Muise, Dan. Gallagher, Marriott, Derringer & Trower: Their Lives and Music. Hal Leonard Corporation (2002). p. 148. 
  4. ^ "Fastway". Retrieved 2015-02-06. 
  5. ^ Adams, Deanna.R. Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection. Kent State University Press (2002). p. 546. 
  6. ^ "Original members of Humble Pie reunite for first time in 10 years for tribute to Steve Marriott". PR Newswire on behalf of Universal Music Enterprises. Retrieved 2015-02-06. 
  7. ^ "Deborah Bonham. New album and tour 2014/ A brief history". Retrieved 2015-02-06. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Shirley, Jerry and Cohan, Tim. Best Seat in the House: Drumming in the '70s with Marriott, Frampton, and Humble Pie. Rebeats Press (2011). ISBN 978-1-888408-13-3. This memoir of his has gone on to sell extremely well and its first edition has almost sold out. It is still available as an e-book.