Tony Crombie

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Tony Crombie
Birth nameAnthony John Kronenberg
Born(1925-08-27)27 August 1925
Bishopsgate, London, England
Died18 October 1999(1999-10-18) (aged 74)
Hampstead, London,

Anthony John Kronenberg (27 August 1925 – 18 October 1999), known professionally as Tony Crombie,[1] was an English jazz drummer, pianist, bandleader, and composer. He was regarded as one of the finest English jazz drummers and bandleaders, occasional but capable pianist and vibraphonist, and an energizing influence on the British jazz scene over six decades.[2]


In August 1956, Crombie set up a rock and roll band he called The Rockets,[3][4] which included future Shadows bassist Jet Harris. The group was modelled after Bill Haley's Comets and Freddie Bell & the Bellboys. Crombie and his Rockets released several singles for Decca and Columbia, including "Teach You to Rock" produced by Norrie Paramor, which made the Top 30 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1956.[1]

He is credited with introducing rock and roll music to Iceland, performing there in May 1957. By 1958 the Rockets had become a jazz group with Scott and Tubby Hayes. During the following year Crombie started Jazz Inc. with pianist Stan Tracey. In 1960, he composed the score for the film The Tell-Tale Heart and established residency at a hotel in Monte Carlo. In May 1960 he toured the UK with Conway Twitty, Freddy Cannon, Johnny Preston, and Wee Willie Harris.[5]


With Victor Feldman

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 127. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "Tony Crombie: 1925-1999". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  3. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1 ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 29. CN 5585.
  4. ^ Chabourne, Eugene. "Tony Crombie". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  5. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 82. CN 5585.