John Sherrit

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John Sherrit
Birth name John Sherrit
Also known as John Yak' Sherrit
Born 1962
Origin Perth, Western Australia
Genres Hard rock, blues rock, rock and roll, blues
Occupation(s) Musician, sound engineer
Instruments drums
Years active 1982–present
Labels Chrysalis
Liberation Music
Associated acts The Kind
Close Action
Innocent Bystanders
Johnny Diesel & the Injectors
Jimmy Barnes
Richard Clapton
Notable instruments
DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals

John "Yak" Sherrit, born 1962, is an Australian drummer best known for his drumming on several studio albums of Johnny Diesel and the Injectors, and touring with Diesel, Jimmy Barnes, and Richard Clapton.


Sherrit first performed with Mark Lizotte in The Kind and Close Action.[1][2] The Kind comprised Lizotte, Sherrit, Denise DeMarchi, Suze DeMarchi, Dean Denton, Gary Dunn and Boyd Wilson. Close Action included Lizotte and John Heussenstamm on guitars, together with Sherritt on drums and Bernie Bremond on saxophone.[3][4][5] Sherrit went on to be a founding member of the Innocent Bystanders, formed in 1983 in Perth[6] and they released a single, "Lebanon" in 1984 with the line-up of Diesel, John "Tatt" Dalzell on bass guitar, Brett Keyser on vocals, Cliff Kinneen on keyboards and Sherrit on drums.[1][3][6] Innocent Bystanders travelled to Sydney to record their second single, "Dangerous", released in July 1986.[1] They had attracted the attention of hard rockers, The Angels, and went on to record another single and an album, Don't Go Looking Back, which was released later in 1986 in 1986, several members of the Innocent Bystanders, including Sherrit, Bremond and Dalzell went on to form Johnny Diesel and the Injectors, fronted by lead singer and guitarist Lizotte, with George Dalstrom as a second guitarist. The group disbanding in early 1991.

Sherrit attended Lynwood Senior High School, and currently works as a sound engineer in Perth. Sherrit also performs in a corporate showband, Topkats, together with singer, James Morley (former bass player with The Angels), Nigel Shelbourne on bass, guitarist Killian Albrecht and keyboardist, Nikki Dagastino.


  1. ^ a b c McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Johnny Diesel'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed. "Diesel". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music (Ed Nimmervoll). White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus; Meyer, Peer. "Johnny Diesel / Mark Lizotte". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) Lizotte, Mark entry. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  5. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) CLOSE ACTION entry. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  6. ^ a b Spencer et al, (2007) INNOCENT BYSTANDERS[permanent dead link] entry. Retrieved 9 May 2011.