Mel Pritchard

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Mel Pritchard
Birth name Melvyn Paul Pritchard
Born (1948-01-20)20 January 1948
Origin Oldham, Lancashire, England
Died 28 January 2004(2004-01-28) (aged 56)
Greenfield, Greater Manchester
Genres Rock
Classic rock
Progressive rock
Occupation(s) Musician, drummer
Instruments drums
Years active 1960s–2004
Labels Harvest, Polydor
Associated acts Barclay James Harvest

Mel Pritchard (20 January 1948 – 28 January 2004[1]) was the former drummer with the British progressive rock band, Barclay James Harvest.


Melvyn Paul Pritchard (usually credited as Mel) was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England. He played with Barclay James Harvest throughout their career and following the band's split, worked with Les Holroyd in his spin-off band, 'Barclay James Harvest featuring Les Holroyd'.

Pritchard died in his sleep, at home in Greenfield, Greater Manchester, of a heart attack in 2004, at the age of 56.[2]


  1. ^ – accessed August 2009
  2. ^ Nick Talevski (2010). Rock Obituaries - Knocking On Heaven's Door. Omnibus Press. pp. 524 – Mel Pritchard. ISBN 978-0-85712-117-2. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 

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