- Steve Ferrone
Steve Ferrone (born
25 April 1950in Brighton, England) is a British drummer, currently a member of the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakersband. He was also a member of the Average White Band, and has recorded and performed with numerous other high-profile acts. Ferrone endorses Gretsch Drumsand Sabiancymbals. He plays open-handed, a technique pioneered by legendary drummer Billy Cobhamand endorsed by other famous drummers such as Phil Gould (musician)( Level 42) and Simon Phillips( TOTO).
Early life and education
Ferrone came from a musical family: "My grandmother played piano, [and] my father was a dancer for the Sierra Leone folk dancing troupe, but my grandmother was really the one who encouraged me to do something in show business. She spotted my reaction to music early. She actually led me to start with the drums with girls. I saw some girls at a dance react to
Manfred Mann’s band and decided that rock music was for me! I had figured out how to play the drums from appearing in a summer show…in Englandand watching the pit drummer every night. I took to the drums like a duck to water."
His first claim to fame happened when he opened for the not-yet-famous band
The Whoat Uncle Bunnie's Chinese Jazz Club, as part of a small local band in the early 1960s -- Ferrone was just twelve years old at the time.
Ferrone was educated in
Franceat the Conservatoire de musique de Niceand was heavily influenced by the Motown sound. He cites Jack DeJohnetteas his favorite drummer, and also drew inspiration from Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Tony Meehan, Bernard Purdie, Grady Tate, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, John Bonham, Clyde Stubblefield, Al Jackson Jr., and Bobby Mason. He became very active in the music scene in Italyand France.
Ferrone played with the band Bloodstone, appearing on their 1975 album "Riddle of the Sphinx". He then began playing with
Brian Auger's band Oblivion Express, which had previously featured drummer Robbie McIntosh.
McIntosh later joined the
Average White Band, and had just released their first number one album when McIntosh died of a heroin overdose. Ferrone was asked to join AWB in his place, and stayed with them for the next eight years, recording and playing concert tours to support several hit albums, until AWB broke up in 1982.
In 1985, Ferrone joined the "
Saturday Night Live" house band. He intermittently served as sessions and tour drummer for Duran Duranfrom 1986 to 1988, and toured and recorded with Eric Claptonfrom 1986 to 1992.
He has also appeared on recordings by
The Bee Gees, Scritti Politti, Brian May, Anita Baker, George Benson, Jonathan Butler, Bryan Ferry, Climie Fisher, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Jeff Golub, Rick James, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Freddie King, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Morrissey-Mullen, Dick Morrissey, Jeffrey Osborne, Paul Simon, Bernie Worrelland jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius, among others.
Ferrone met guitarist
Mike Campbellof Tom Petty and the Heartbreakerswhen the two played a show with George Harrisonas part of his Hara and the Hijack band at Royal Albert Hall. He began recording with Tom Petty for the "Wildflowers" album, released late in 1994, with his first live Heartbreakers gig on February 28, 1995 in Louisville, Kentucky. Ferrone has thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Heartbreakers so far: "Everyone should have an experience like 'The Heartbreakers' in their musical life; creativity, passion, honesty, integrity, and a lot of fun."
Ferrone released a live solo album entitled "It Up: Steve Ferrone and Friends Live at La Ve Lee" in 2003.
In 2007, he played drums on the self-titled debut album from the band
The Black and White Years, produced by Jerry Harrisonof the Talking Heads.
*1975: "Riddle of the Sphinx" - Bloodstone
*1975: "Cut The Cake" -
Average White Band(AWB)
*1976: "Soul Searching" - AWB
*1976 "Person To Person (live)" - AWB
*1977 "Benny & Us" - AWB
*1977: "Up" -
Morrissey - Mullen
The Atlantic Family Live in Montreaux"
*1978: "Warmer Communications" - AWB
*1979: "Feel No Fret" - AWB
*1980: "Shine" _ AWB
*1980: "Volume VIII" - AWB
*1982: "Cupid's In Fashion" - AWB
*1985: "Glow" -
Cupid & Psyche 85" - Scritti Politti( Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin), Absolute)
Souliloquy" - Dick Morrissey
*1986: "Notorious" -
Big Thing" - Duran Duran
*1989: "Journeyman" -
*1992: "Unplugged" - Eric Clapton
The Sun Don't Lie" - Marcus Miller
*1994: "Wildflowers" -
Songs and Music from She's the One" - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
*1999: "Echo" -
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The Last DJ" - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
*2003: "It Up: Steve Ferrone and Friends Live at La Ve Lee"
Highway Companion" - Tom Petty
Steve Ferrone's Farm Fur More Head" - Farm Fur
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* [http://www.gretschdrums.com/?fa=series&sid=540 Gretsch signature series drums]
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