Narada Michael Walden

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Narada Michael Walden
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Walden (center) in a drum set, onstage with Jeff Beck, 2011
Background information
Birth nameMichael Walden
Born (1952-04-23) April 23, 1952 (age 66)
OriginKalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
  • Drummer
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • singer
  • composer
  • producer
Years active1971–present

Narada Michael Walden (/ˈnɑːrədə/ NAH-rə-də; born Michael Walden; April 23, 1952) is an American producer, drummer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. He was given the name Narada by guru Sri Chinmoy in the early 1970s[citation needed] and his musical career spans three decades, in which he was awarded several gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards.[citation needed] Walden has also owned and operated Tarpan Studios, a recording studio in San Rafael, California, since the mid-1980s.[citation needed]

Performing career[edit]

His stage career included appearances with John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra (where he replaced legendary drummer Billy Cobham),[1] Jeff Beck (on Beck's album Wired) and Tommy Bolin Band.

His first solo album, Garden of Love Light, was released in 1976 and included the track "Delightful", a song from the Tommy Bolin Band setlist.[citation needed] The lone single released from the album, it charted at #81 on the R&B charts in the spring of 1977.[citation needed]

1976 also saw him feature prominently on the album Vimana by Italian Progressive rock band Nova, on which he is both the main drummer to the band, and composed one of the tracks.[citation needed]

His 1979 album Awakening peaked at #15 on the R&B charts, spawning a Top 10 hit with "I Don't Want Nobody Else (To Dance with You)". Later that year, his album The Dance of Life yielded the Top 5 single "I Shoulda Loved Ya", which also made No.8 in the last week of April 1980 in the UK Top 10 in 1980.} He continued to score sporadic solo hits throughout the 1980s.[citation needed] "Gimme Gimme Gimme", his 1985 duet with Patti Austin, reached the top 10 in Sweden, Norway, Belgium and The Netherlands. In 1988, he scored another UK top 10 hit and a #1 US Dance hit, with "Divine Emotions" under the name Narada.[citation needed]




Date Title US[2] US
1977 Delightful - 81 - -
1979 Give Your Love a Chance - 80 - -
I Don't Want Nobody Else (To Dance with You) 47 9 64 -
I Shoulda Loved Ya 66 4 8 8
1980 Tonight I'm Alright - 35 8 34
The Real Thang - 22 25 -
1981 I Want You - 46 25 -
1982 Summer Lady - 39 - -
You're #1 - 19 - -
1983 Reach Out (I'll Be There) - 40 19 -
1985 Gimme, Gimme, Gimme 106 39 - 87
The Nature of Things - 82 21 -
1988 Divine Emotions - 21 1 8
Can't Get You Outta My Head - - - -
Wild Thing - 97 - -


Other collaborations[edit]

As drummer[edit]

As producer (and drummer)[edit]


  1. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Narada Michael Walden: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
  2. ^ Narada Michael Walden | Billboard
  3. ^ Narada Michael Walden | Official Charts

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