Brian Bennett
February 9, 1940

Brian Bennett
BRIAN BENNETT was born in London in 1940 and by the late 1950s was one of the most sought-after percussionists around.

He was drummer in residence at the legendary ‘2 i s’ in Soho and a regular on Jack Good's ground breaking TV show Oh Boy.

In 1961, he was invited to join Cliff Richard and THE SHADOWS and wrote many of the hit songs from the films, including Summer Holiday (for which he won his first Ivor Novello award), Wonderful Life and Finders Keepers.

He created the legendary Drumsolo "Little B" - a must showcase for every Beat-Drummer in the pre Beatles aera....

In the 1970s, he became Cliff Richard's musical director and formed The Brian Bennett Orchestra touring the world including the first concerts to be staged in Russia.

By the mid 1970s, Brian was in demand as an arranger, conductor and record producer and had already started composing for film and television.

During the 1980s, he was awarded his second Novello award (for 25 years services to music) and was busy writing and recording music for a wide range of programmes including Dallas, Knotts Landing, Pulaski, The Royal Wedding, BBC Golf theme, The Sweeney, Dennis Hopper's film The American Way and Ellen Barkin and David MacCallum's Terminal Choice.

In 1990, he won his third Ivor Novello award for Best Score For A Television Series (The Ruth Rendell Mysteries).

From the 1990s to 2000, he was in demand more than ever, recent commissions including the long-running series The Knock, Nomads of the Wind, Global Sunrise, The Harpist, David Jason In His Element, Living Britain and Dirty Work.

In 2001, Brian was the proud recipient of the Gold Badge Award given by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Society. He also won the Royal Television Society Craft & Design Awards 2000/2001 for Best Original Title Music for Murder In Mind

In 2004 Brian was awarded an OBE, Officer of the British Empire, in HM The Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to music. He collected his award from The Queen at Buckingham Palace on 21st October 2004.

In recent years he has written with his son, Warren, 24 episodes of the award-winning TV series "New Tricks".

In 2009 he recorded and produced an album with Cliff Richard and The Shadows.

He lives and works in Hertfordshire where he runs his own recording studio and record label.

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Brian Bennett - Bernhard Castiglioni (Drummerworld)
...met my alltime hero at Drummer Live in London
Dear Bernhard
Just wanted to say how enjoyable I found looking around and then to my surprise found you had honoured me by including a page on me, thank you. Thanks for your kind words, and yes, I started playing because of my love of jazz. Shelly Manne was an early influence so it was great to see some early pictures on your site. It has been a pleasure to meet you and I will be it touch soon. Warmest Regards
Brian Bennett - THE SHADOWS

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