Terry Williams (drummer)

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Terry Williams
Birth nameTerrence Williams
Born (1948-01-11) 11 January 1948 (age 70)
Swansea, Wales
GenresProgressive rock, rock, blues
InstrumentsDrums, vocals
Years active1962–2007
Associated actsLove Sculpture, Man, Rockpile, Neverland Express, Dire Straits

Terrence "Terry" Williams (born 11 January 1948) is a retired Welsh rock drummer,[1][2] whose résumé includes work for Dire Straits, Dave Edmunds/Rockpile and Man.

Williams was born in Swansea. During the 1960s, he played in a number of Welsh bands, including Commancheros, The Smokeless Zone, Dream and Plum Crazy, before joining Dave Edmunds' band Love Sculpture.[3] In 1970 he joined the Welsh rock group Man, which included two former Dream and Smokeless Zone members, Deke Leonard and Martin Ace. With Man, he originally appeared on 7 Studio albums, 3 Live albums and 2 Various artists, live albums, and has subsequently appeared on a number of retrospective releases. When Man split in 1976, Williams re-joined Edmunds in the band Rockpile with Nick Lowe and Billy Bremner, and continued working with Leonard.

Between 1981 and 1982, he was part of the Neverland Express band, backing Meat Loaf, then in 1982 he joined Dire Straits, with whom he played until 1988 (a period that included their live album Alchemy: Dire Straits Live and Brothers in Arms). In 1996, he briefly rejoined Man, after John Weathers left, but left the following year.

Williams ran a blues club in Swansea from 2000 until 2007.


With Billy Bremner

Bash! (1984)

With Carlene Carter

Carlene Carter (1978)
Musical Shapes (1980)
C'est C Bon (1983)

With Cliff Richard

Rock Connection (1984)

With Dave Edmunds / Rockpile

Rockpile (album) (1972)
Get It (1977)
Tracks on Wax 4 (1978)
Repeat When Necessary (1979)
Seconds of Pleasure (1980)
Twangin... (1981)
Riff Raff/I Hear You Rockin (2002) compilation
They Call It Rock

With Deke Leonard

Iceberg (1973)
Kamikaze (1974)
Before Your Very Eyes (1981)

With Dion

Yo Frankie (1989)

With Dire Straits

ExtendedancEPlay (1983)
Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (1984)
Brothers in Arms (1985)
Money for Nothing (1988) compilation
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits (1998) compilation
The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations (2005) compilation

With Graham Parker

The Mona Lisa's Sister (1988)
Passion Is No Ordinary Word (1993) compilation ?
No Holding Back (1996) compilation
Ultimate Collection (2001) compilation

With John Illsley

Never Told a Soul (1984)

With Man

To Live for to Die (1970)
Man (1971)
Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In? (1971)
Greasy Truckers Party (1972)
Live at the Padget Rooms, Penarth (1972)
Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day (1972)
Live at the Rainbow 1972 (1972)
Christmas at the Patti (1973)
Back Into The Future (1973)
Rhinos, Winos, and Lunatics (1974)
Slow Motion (1974)
1999 Party Tour (1974)
Maximum Darkness (1975)
The Welsh Connection (1976)
All's Well That Ends Well (1977)
Rare Man (1999)
Undrugged (2002) (1996 sessions)

With Mark Knopfler

Local Hero (1983)
Music from 'Cal' (1984)
Comfort and Joy (1984)
Screenplaying (1993) compilation

With Mickey Jupp

Juppanese (1978)

With The Motors

Tenement Steps (1980)

With Nick Lowe

Jesus of Cool (Pure Pop for Now People in US) (1978)
Labour of Lust (1979)
Nick the Knife (1982)
16 All Time Lowes (1984)
Pinker and Prouder than Previous (1988)
Quiet Please... The New Best of Nick Lowe (2009) compilation

With The Everly Brothers

Phil Everly (1983)
EB 84 (1984)
Mercury Years (1993) compilation

With Tina Turner

Private Dancer (1984)
Simply the Best (1991) compilation

With Tracey Ullman

You Caught Me Out (1984)
Takes on the Hits (2002) compilation

With Willie and the Poor Boys (Bill Wyman)

Willie and the Poor Boys (1985)
Poor Boy Boogie (2006) compilation


Stiffs Live (1978) Plays with: Nick Lowe's Last Chicken in the Shop, Larry Wallis' Psychedelic Rowdies and Ian Dury & the Blockheads [1]


  1. ^ a b Terry Williams on Allmusic. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Terry Williams | Mark Knopfler Fanklubb Norge". Mknorge.com. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  3. ^ "Mannerisms II - Man and roots/offshoots" by Michael Mycock, published June 1995, page 108