Kerry Jacobson

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Kerry Jacobson
Dragon at the ARIA Hall of Fame.jpg
Jacobson on the far left along with the rest of Dragon at the 2008 ARIA Hall of Fame
Background information
Born 1954 (age 62–63)
Origin Wellington, New Zealand
Genres rock, pop,
Progressive rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, educator
Instruments Drums, Percussion
Years active 1970s - Present
Labels Vertigo, CBS, Portrait, Polydor, RCA, J & B, Liberation Music
Associated acts Dragon, Mondo Rock, Ian Moss, The Black Sorrows, Kevin Borich Express, Mental As Anything, Renee Geyer, DV/8

Kerry Jacobson (born 1954 in Wellington, New Zealand) is a musician, educator and former drummer of New Zealand rock band Dragon from 1976–1983 and again playing at their 30-year reunion and at the 2008 ARIA Hall of Fame in Melbourne, Australia.


Kerry Jacobson had been a member of various New Zealand groups, Mammal, Tapestry, and Ebony.[1] He moved to Australia in 1976 where he joined rock music group, Dragon, on drums.[1][2] He replaced Neil Storey who had died from an accidental drug overdose. He went on to play with the band until their official break-up in 1979, when he then joined Mondo Rock for a brief period of time before leaving the band in 1981. In 1982 Dragon reformed with its original and most notable line-up, including Jacobson, as they needed to pay off some outstanding debts which had accumulated after their breakup in 1979. After the debt was paid off, the band continued to perform as they enjoyed the limelight again. In 1983, Jacobson decided to leave the band and become a session musician, where his notable work included the albums "Dark Spaces" by Richard Clapton, "Big City Talk" by Marc Hunter and "Shy Boys Shy Girls" by the Kevin Borich Express.

In 1990 Jacobson moved to Brisbane where he studied Jazz Drums and Piano at the Conservatorium of Music, earning him a diploma in music. He continued to perform throughout the 1990s touring with many different acts, including a European tour with Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss.

Jacobson is currently endorsed by ddrum acoustic and electronic drums and Istanbul Cymbals. Jacobson also currently teaches percussion at a private school in Brisbane, Australia. He still performs live with Renee Geyer, Mondo Rock, Kevin Borich Express, Andy Cowan, Dragon and Ian Moss.

Discography (With Dragon)[edit]


Year Title Label Catalogue No. Peak chart position
AUS[3][4] NZ[5]
1977 Sunshine CBS
1977 Running Free Portrait
1989 CD: 465720-2
6 16
1978 O Zambezi Portrait PR33010 3 17
1979 Power Play CBS SBP237352 64
1984 Body and the Beat ("Rain" only) Polydor 817874-1 5
1989 Bondi Road ("Gold In The River" only) RCA SFCD0170 18


Year Title Album Label Peak chart position
AUS[3][4] NZ[5]
1977 "Get that Jive" Sunshine CBS, Portrait 13
1977 "Sunshine" Sunshine CBS, Portrait 36
1977 "April Sun in Cuba" Running Free CBS, Portrait 2 9
1977 "Konkaroo" Running Free CBS, Portrait 40
1978 "Are You Old Enough?" O Zambezi Portrait 1 5
1978 "Still in Love with You" O Zambezi Portrait 27 35
1979 "Love's not Enough" Single only release CBS 37
1982 "Ramona" Single only release Polydor 79
1983 "Rain" Body and the Beat Polydor 2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dragon". New Zealand Music of the 60's, 70's and a bit of the 80's (Bruce Sergent). Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Holmgren, Magnus; Miller, Chuck. "Dragon". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ a b "Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)". Australian charts portal. Retrieved 2008-05-22.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "aus-charts" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ)". New Zealand charts portal. Retrieved 2008-05-22.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "nz-charts" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).

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