Tony Crombie

Decades: 1950s 1960s


27 August 1925, Bishopsgate, London, England, d. 18 October 1999, London, England. Active among the eager young British beboppers of the early 40s, Crombie played early concerts with percussionist Carlo Krahmer, Jack Fallon, and future rock manager Tito Burns’ dance band. A self-taught drummer, Crombie broadened his musical knowledge by securing work on post-war transatlantic liners. The main objective of many UK musicians, like Crombie, who obtained such employment, was not to play dance music for the passengers but to get to New York to hear American bebop artists in person. In the late 40s and early 50s he was still playing in London clubs and also working as an accompanist to visiting American stars, including singers Lena Horne and Carmen McRae. In the 50s he worked regularly with Ronnie Scott and Victor Feldman and was much in demand to accompany jazz solo musicians touring the UK. Anything but narrow in his musical tastes, in 1956 Crombie formed a rock...

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