Tony Newman (drummer)

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Tony Newman
Born (1943-03-17) 17 March 1943 (age 78)
Southampton, Hampshire, England
Associated actsSounds Incorporated, May Blitz, Three Man Army, T. Rex, Boxer, Jeff Beck, David Bowie

Richard Anthony "Tony" Newman (born 17 March 1943) is an English rock drummer. He was at various times a member of the bands Sounds Incorporated, May Blitz, Three Man Army, T. Rex, and Boxer. He has performed with Jeff Beck, David Bowie, George Harrison, Robert Palmer, Eric Clapton, Donovan, Mick Ronson, Gene Vincent, Crystal Gayle, the Everly Brothers and others.[1][2] In 1965, Newman played with Sounds Incorporated as one of the acts opening for the Beatles at Shea Stadium in New York.[3]

He played on Donovan's "Barabajagal" (1968),[4] as well as on Jeff Beck's Beck-Ola (1969). For David Bowie, he performed on the Diamond Dogs album in 1974, and live with Bowie on his subsequent North American tour, including a recording at the Tower Theater released as David Live.[2] Newman was one of the featured drummers on the soundtrack to the film version of The Who's Tommy.

In 1977, he played with Dino Dines, and Herbie Flowers on Marc Bolan's 'Marc (TV series).

His son, Richard Newman, is also a drummer who has performed regularly with Sam Brown and Deborah Bonham among others, and has also played drums for Jefferson Starship on several UK tours.


With David Bowie

With Crystal Gayle

With John Prine

With Madeline Bell

With Jackie Lomax

With Joan Armatrading

With Sam Brown


  1. ^ "Tony Newman/ Drumset Artist". Pearl Drum Company. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 263. CN 5585.
  3. ^ Dent-Robinson, Nick (23 February 2013). "Interview with Richard Newman". Penny Black Music. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  4. ^ Donovan, Troubadour: The Definitive Collection, 1964–1976, Epic Legacy CD 46986: Liner notes.
  5. ^ Diamond Dogs (liner notes). David Bowie. RCA Records. 1974. APLI 0576.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  6. ^ "Crystal Gayle/Best Always/Credits". Retrieved 24 April 2021.

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