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Gaynor performing in 2006
|Birth name||Mel George Gaynor|
|Born||29 May 1959|
|Origin||Balham, London, England|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, vocals|
|Associated acts||Samson, Simple Minds, Voodoo Circle|
Mel George Gaynor (born 29 May 1959 in Balham, London, England) is an English musician. He is best known as the longtime drummer for the rock band Simple Minds. Gaynor was born to a Jamaican father and an Afro-Brazilian mother.
After leaving Samson (in which he played alongside Bruce Dickinson), Gaynor joined Simple Minds in 1982 as a session drummer for the New Gold Dream album (as a recommendation by record producer Pete Walsh), playing on six of the nine tracks. He later joined the band permanently for the New Gold Dream tour, as a replacement for Mike Ogletree. Except for a period (1992–97) away from the band after the Real Life tour of 1991–92 and remained the Simple Minds drummer until 2017.
Gaynor began drumming at age 11 and had his first professional engagement at age 14.
In addition to drumming, he is active as a songwriter and a record producer.
In addition to Simple Minds, he has played alongside other acts such as: Elton John, Lou Reed, Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Samson, Mango, Kirsty MacColl, The Associates, Orange Juice, Peter Gabriel, The Pretenders, Prljavo kazalište, Gary Moore, Jackson Browne, Little Steven, Brian May, The Nolans, Goldie, Robert Palmer, Joan Armatrading and Light of the World.
In 2007 Gaynor has kicked off his solo project with a version of "Play That Funky Music" and his new solo album was released at end of 2016 Gaynor's first single is the re recording of Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love released 12 September 2016.
Gaynor was also a member of Birmingham-based Muscles, a funk-oriented covers band that had minor chart success with "If It Relaxes Your Mind" and "I'm a Girlwatcher".
Gaynor has played a variety of drum sets over the years, including and currently Natal drums, and uses Remo drumheads. He has played a variety of cymbals as well, including at first Paiste during at the start of his career, but then switched to Zildjian in the early 1980s upon joining Simple Minds, which he played for much of the duration of his career. He has also endorsed Anatolian, UFIP, and also Meinl cymbals at various other stages in his career. In 2011, Paiste announced him as an official endorser again but in the end of 2018 he acquired an Italian company called VULCAN CYMBALS.[when?]. Gaynor play with his signature sticks called Drum Art, and will also be coming out with a signature snare drum from the same company.
Gaynor's current list of equipment is as follows.
- 24" BD
- 10" 12" 13" Rack toms
- 14" and 16" Floor toms
- 20" gong Tom
- 14x6.5 Metal Shell Snare
- 22" Ride Etna series
- 2x20" Thin Crashes Etna series
- 19" Medium Crash Etna series
- 19" Medium Light Crash Etna series
- 22" China Etna series
- 14" HiHat Etna series
*DrumArt (mel gaynor model) sticks DrumArt snare drums *Remo heads
- "May 29, 1959 in History". BrainyHistory. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
- Mel Gaynor at AllMusic. Retrieved 11 May 2012.