Rod Coombes

Rod Coombes

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Rod Coombes
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English drummer, singer-songwriter and musician (born May 15, 1946).

He has played professionally since he was 17, when he joined singer Lulu's backing band The Luvvers. He played with the Jeff Beck Group at the time of the release of the single "Hi Ho Silver Lining" and then joined soul band Trifle, with whom he stayed for about 18 months. He moved on to raunchy blues rock band Juicy Lucy before joining Stealers Wheel for their eponymous first album (which spawned the million seller "Stuck in the Middle With You"). In 1973, he left the increasingly dysfunctional band and joined Strawbs, with whom he stayed until after the release of the 1977 album Burning for You. After spending some time on the studio side learning to engineer and produce, he lived in Malaysia for a period, returning to obtain his Masters degree. He rejoined Strawbs in 1998 for their 30th anniversary concert at Chiswick House. He remains in the line-up of the band at the present time touring the US Canada UK and Europe. Rod also works with his jazz group 'Ming Hat' and with Mark Horwood (The Mummers) and bassist Matt Gray in the fusion group E.V.A. Rod and Yardbirds guitarist Top Topham are working on a blues-jazz Hammond organ trio project.

From 2005 - 2007 he mentored and taught Curt Lawrence, ex-Last Letter Read, who went on on tour with MC Lars in England. Curt attributes his hard hitting style and double kick drum technique to Coombes' tuition.

Coombes can also play guitar and bass guitar. He played some bass for Stealers Wheel and some guitar for Strawbs. He also composed three tracks for Strawbs:
* "Sad Young Man"
* "A Mind of my Own"
and
* "Changes Arranges Us", on which he also sang lead vocals.

* Coombes also currently teaches at Chichester College, a new Roland Academy, teaching Music Industry, and Drums and Percussion. He has also taught many session drummers, such as Sam Elliot, Mel Rigby and Joe 'B.I.G' Foote.
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Rod Coombes Discography

Vocals

Ro Ro Ro Ro - Meet At The Water (Album) Regal Zonophone, EMI UK 1972 Sell This Version
Strawbs Strawbs - Hero And Heroine (Album) A&M Records France 1974 Sell This Version
Strawbs Strawbs - Nomadness (Album) A&M Records (2) UK 1975 Sell This Version
Strawbs Strawbs - Ghosts (Album) A&M Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Strawbs Strawbs - Deep Cuts (Album) Oyster Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Strawbs Strawbs - Burning For You (Album) Oyster US 1977 Sell This Version
601 181, 601 181-213 Mike Edwards (8) Beat Of My Heart Mike Edwards (8) - Beat Of My Heart(12", Maxi) CGD, CGD 601 181, 601 181-213 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
PL 563 Strawbs Strawbs - Prince & Princess Radio Show(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Progressive Line PL 563 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
WMCD 2041 Strawbs Strawbs - NY '75(CD, Album) Witchwood Media WMCD 2041 UK 2007 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Juicy Lucy Juicy Lucy - Lie Back And Enjoy It (Album) Vertigo Australia 1970 Sell This Version
Juicy Lucy Juicy Lucy - Get A Whiff A This (Album) Bronze US 1971 Sell This Version
John Entwistle I Was Just Being Friendly and 1 more… John Entwistle - Whistle Rymes (Album) Track Record US 1972 Sell This Version
Roger Morris (3) Roger Morris (3) - First Album (Album) Regal Zonophone UK 1972 Sell This Version
Ro Ro Ro Ro - Meet At The Water (Album) Regal Zonophone, EMI UK 1972 Sell This Version
Paul Brett's Sage Slow Down Ma! (as Rod Coomes) Paul Brett's Sage - Schizophrenia (Album) Dawn (7) UK 1972 Sell This Version
Stealers Wheel Stealers Wheel - Stealers Wheel (Album) A&M Records US 1972 Sell This Version
BRADL 1001 Paul Brett Paul Brett - Paul Brett(LP) Bradley's Records BRADL 1001 UK & Ireland 1973 Sell This Version
Strawbs Strawbs - Hero And Heroine (Album) A&M Records France 1974 Sell This Version
Keith West Keith West - Wherever My Love Goes (Album) Kuckuck Germany 1974 Sell This Version
CN 2040/S Strawbs Strawbs - Stereo Pop Special-68(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2040/S UK 1974 Sell This Version
Strawbs Strawbs - Nomadness (Album) A&M Records (2) UK 1975 Sell This Version
Strawbs Strawbs - Ghosts (Album) A&M Records US 1974 Sell This Version
SRLP 115 Jeremy Taylor Jeremy Taylor - Come To Blackpool(LP, Album) Spark SRLP 115 UK 1975 Sell This Version
Strawbs Strawbs - Deep Cuts (Album) Oyster Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Strawbs Strawbs - Burning For You (Album) Oyster US 1977 Sell This Version