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Kenny Clare
June 8, 1929 - December 21, 1984
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Kenny Clare
Born 8 June 1929, London, England, d. 21 December 1984.

Kenny Clare played drums as a teenager and in 1949 joined the popular broadcasting danceband led by Oscar Rabin.

In 1954 he moved over to the Jack Parnell band for a while before settling into the Johnny Dankworth orchestra. He was with Dankworth until the early '60s, when he joined Ted Heath. During this period he also recorded with a band he co-led with fellow drummer Ronnie Stephenson.

Later in the decade, he became a member of the Clarke-Boland Big Band.

From 1972 he worked with many bands, large and small, played in studio orchestras for recording sessions, television and radio programmes, and on film soundtracks.

He also toured extensively as accompanist to Tom Jones. Amongst his recording dates are sessions with Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass and Stéphane Grappelli.

Clare was a gifted all-round percussionist, filled with enormous enthusiasm.

Clare also did extensive work for radio, television, film, and commercials.

© Colored by Mike Creasy

Kenny Clarke - Kenny Clare - Clarke - Boland Big Band

Oscar Rabin Band in 1949
Back row, L-R: Ron Simmonds, Bobby Benstead, Ronnie Heasman, trumpets;
Front row: Kenny Clare, drums; Tommy Cook, trombone.

Kenny Clare - Kenny Clarke

Kenny Clare - Kenny Clarke-Boland Big Band

Tony Bennett - Kenny Clare

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