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 64)
Origin Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England
Genres Rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Drummer, musician
Instruments Drums, percussion, keyboards
Years active 1969-present
Associated acts Apostolic Intervention, Humble Pie, Fastway, Waysted

Jerry Shirley (born 4 February 1952, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire) 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, David Gilmour, Alexis Korner, Billy Nicholls, Syd Barrett, John Entwistle, Sammy Hagar and Benny Mardones.[1]


Shirley began playing drums for the band Apostolic Intervention at an early age and 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 throughout the group's entire history. He also worked on Steve Marriott's solo projects, such as Pack 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.[7]


  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, Jon. Best Seat in the House: Drumming in the '70s with Marriott, Frampton, and Humble Pie. Rebeats Press (2011). ISBN 978-1-888408-13-3.