Stuart Elliott (drummer)

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Stuart Elliott (born Stuart Alexander Elliott, 22 May 1953, London, England)[1] is an English drummer, composer and producer. He was the original drummer for Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel and during his time with this band he became a session drummer playing for top artists such as Kate Bush, Al Stewart, The Alan Parsons Project, Roger Daltrey, Paul McCartney, Claudio Baglioni among others.


Stuart started to be interested in playing drums at the age of 3 by watching his father who was a jazz drummer.[2] "Until I was fifteen , I was educated at St. Michael’s School, Belgravia. Since then I have done a bit of session work , including a tour with Adam Faith and drifted through a number of rock bands until someone who heard me do a gig with a band called Monksilver mentioned me to Steve Harley . We soon discovered we could communicate on the same level, and having joined the band, I quickly realised that I had found my niche in rock music" [3]

With Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Stuart enjoyed 3 top 10 albums including the number 1 single "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" and other 4 top 10 singles. In January 1976 Stuart went to Abbey Road Studios to play drums for Al Stewart's album Year Of The Cat . After Steve Harley disbanded Cockney Rebel in 1977, Stuart was called by Andrew Powell to play drums on Kate Bush's first album The Kick Inside . This would be first of the 5 albums with Stuart on drums as he became one of Kate's preferred drummers "he's so easy to work with because he knows what I'm like. Occasionally I'll even ask him to use cymbals on a track now! He's been through that whole stage where I just couldn't handle cymbals or hit-hats"[4] Stuart later on played drums on top hits such as "Babooshka", "Running Up That Hill", "Hounds of Love", "Cloudbusting". Between September 1977 - January 1978 Stuart went on to play drums on The Alan Parsons Project third album Pyramid[5] which would be the first of 10 albums where he became part of the rhythm section .[6] and continued playing and contributed in the song-writing for the next 3 solo albums of Alan Parsons[7]

During the 1980s his career as session drummer emerged. As well as continuing session drumming for Kate Bush and The Alan Parsons Project he went to on to play for Justin Hayward's song Suitcase from the album Night Flight in 1980. In 1984 played drums on Paul McCartney's hit No More Lonely Nights . That same year he the rest of The Alan Parsons Project core musicians team Ian Bairnson, David Paton and joined by singer Colin Blunstone and Camel's keyboardist Peter Bardens, formed Keats . Stuart not only did play drums and percussion, he also took part in the song-writing and with Colin Blunstone he wrote Tragedy and Night Full of Voices.[8]

Stuart appeared on various TV shows including Top of the Pops playing with Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Roxy Music and Kate Bush.[9] He also appeared with Bryan Adams on the music video for Roger Daltrey's song Let Me Down Easy.[10] Kate Bush also included Stuart in her music videos of Big Sky (where his brother Lindsay Elliott can also be seen on drums[11]) and of Rubberband Girl.[12]

In 1993 Stuart joined Alan Parsons again to record "Try Anything Once",[13] they would then continued recording two more studio albums On Air[14] and The Time Machine[15] and for the first and only time he took the lead on vocals for a song co-written by Andrew Powell Take The Money and Run which appears on The Very Best Live album,[16] With Alan Parsons, Ian Bairnson and other different musicians and singers, he toured from 1994 to 2002 covering the US, South America, Japan and big part of Europe.[17] During this period he played at the Night of the Proms in 1997 as part of the Alan Parsons performance and with Simple Minds , Deborah Harry and Paul Young.[18]

After splitting with Alan Parsons, Stuart did a library album (music made specifically to be used in TV and film).[19] He toured again with Steve Harley various times. Stuart also played with Jon Anderson and Alice Cooper on the Ultimate British Rock Symphony Tour[20]

In 2013 Stuart got together with Al Stewart to play at the Royal Albert Hall tracks from the Year of the Cat album.[21] They played again together at the same venue in 2015.[22] In May 2015 he was called again by Andrew Powell to record along with David Paton and Tim Renwick to record an album for singer and actor Jules Knight.[23] and in August he started to record with Al Stewart's musician Dave Nachmanoff.[24]

Stuart will be touring November with Steve Harley and original members celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Best Years of Our Lives.[25]

Other instruments[edit]

Stuart can also play bass guitar, guitar and piano [26] triangle, simmons, tambourine,xylophone, guiro, wind-chimes,[27] keyboards,[28] castanets, gong.



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  5. ^ "Pyramid | The Alan Parsons Project". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
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  9. ^ "Stuart Elliott Drummer - Official Website - Gallery". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
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  14. ^ "Alan Parsons - On Air". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  15. ^ "Alan Parsons - The Time Machine". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  16. ^ "Alan Parsons - The Very Best Live". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
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  21. ^ "Stuart Elliott Drummer - Official Website - News". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  22. ^ "Royal Albert Hall Night #1 | Facebook". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  23. ^ "Jules Knight @mrjulesknight Legendary drummer...Instagram photo | Websta". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  24. ^ "Dave Nachmanoff - Timeline Photos | Facebook". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  25. ^ "Stuart Elliott Drummer - Official Website - News". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  26. ^ "Cockney Rebel 1975 Tour Programme (VII)". Excerpts from a 70's Teenage Rock Opera. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  27. ^ "Keats - Keats". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  28. ^ "Alan Parsons - The Time Machine". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 

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