Terry Williams (drummer)

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Terry Williams
Birth nameTerrence Williams
Born (1948-01-11) 11 January 1948 (age 71)
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, Williams was part of the Neverland Express band, backing Meat Loaf. In November 1982 Williams joined Dire Straits as the replacement for drummer Pick Withers, shortly after the release of their fourth studio album Love Over Gold. Williams played with them for the first time on the 1983 EP titled ExtendedancEPlay (featuring the hit single “Twisting by the Pool”) and on the 1982-1983 Love over Gold Tour. The band’s double live album Alchemy: Dire Straits Live was a recording of excerpts from the final two concerts from that tour at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983, featuring Williams, and was released in March 1984. In 1983 Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler wrote and produced the music score for the film Local Hero, which also featured Williams.

Williams remained with Dire Straits for the recording of their fifth studio album, 1985’s Brothers in Arms, however according to a Sound on Sound magazine interview his drumming performance was considered to be unsuitable for the desired sound of the album during the first month of the recording sessions, and he was temporarily replaced by jazz session drummer Omar Hakim, who re-recorded the album's drum parts during a two day stay and then left.[4] Both Hakim and Williams are credited on the album,[5] although Williams' only contribution was the improvised crescendo at the beginning of "Money for Nothing". Williams would be back in the band for the music videos and the 1985–1986 Brothers in Arms world tour that followed.[5]

Williams left Dire Straits in 1988. His final concert with the band was the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert staged on 11 June 1988 at Wembley Stadium, in which Dire Straits were the headline act. In 1996, Williams 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 Paul Brady

Full Moon (1986)

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. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Mannerisms II - Man and roots/offshoots" by Michael Mycock, published June 1995, page 108
  4. ^ CLASSIC TRACKS: Dire Straits 'Money For Nothing'. soundonsound.com
  5. ^ a b Strong, M.C. (1998) The Great Rock Discography, p. 207.