Tony Meehan Biography

Daniel Joseph Anthony Meehan, 2 March 1943, Hampstead, London, England, d. 28 November 2005, London, England. Drummer Meehan worked with several late 50s acts, including Vince Eager, Vince Taylor, and the Vipers Skiffle Group, before joining the Drifters, later the Shadows, in 1959. He left the group in 1961, in order to take up an A&R post with Decca Records, but later forged a successful partnership with another ex-Shadow, Jet Harris. The duo enjoyed three UK Top 5 singles, the chart-topping ‘Diamonds’, the infectiously catchy ‘Scarlett O’Hara and the similarly likeable ‘Applejack’. Their career was derailed when Harris was involved in a serious car accident. Their partnership sundered, the drummer formed the Tony Meehan Combo for the minor UK hit ‘Song Of Mexico’ (1964), but he failed to emulate earlier success. The short-lived group included bass player John Paul Jones, later of Led Zeppelin, but was disbanded when its leader reverted to backroom work. Meehan produced material for Trash and Tim Hardin, but his only reappearance as a performer was confined to ‘Hooker Street’ (1969), the b-side to his brother Keith’s lone single. He continued as a session player but in recent years he devoted more of his time to psychoanalysis. He died after receiving head injuries following a fall at his home in 2005.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.