Robbie McIntosh (drummer)

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Robbie McIntosh
Born (1950-05-06)6 May 1950
Dundee, Scotland
Died 23 September 1974(1974-09-23) (aged 24)
Los Angeles
Associated acts The Senate
Average White Band
Notable instruments

Robert Broderick James 'Robbie' McIntosh (6 May 1950 – 23 September 1974) was a Scottish drummer from Dundee, who was a founder member of the Average White Band. His father was American born actor, Bonar Colleano, who had a successful career in films, especially in the UK. He was not married to Robbie's mother.

Before going on to help found AWB in 1971-72, McIntosh had been a member of the late 1960s band The Senate, with Alex Ligertwood, and then with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, appearing on the band's early albums, Oblivion Express (1971), Better Land (1971) and Second Wind (1972).

McIntosh died of an accidental heroin overdose,[1] at a party following a concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. According to a contemporary report in Time,[2] McIntosh and fellow band member Alan Gorrie took what they thought was cocaine, but was in fact heroin; Gorrie was saved by the intervention of fellow party-goer Cher, who kept him conscious long enough to recover. The party host, 30-year-old milliionaire Kenneth Moss, was subsequently indicted for murder by a grand jury.[3]

McIntosh is buried in Barnhill Cemetery, Dundee. His replacement as drummer in the AWB was Steve Ferrone.


With Herbie Mann


  1. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 272. CN 5585. 
  2. ^ "Cher". Time. 17 March 1975. 
  3. ^ "Whiz Kid Indicted," Deseret News, 21 February 1975, p. 2A

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