Thursday, 31 May 2012

The Musical Navvy

Clem Cattini is probably the biggest most successful drummer you've never heard of. 

Why? Because Clem was/is a session player, or as he claims; "A musical navvy. Other people dug holes, I played on tracks"

And what tracks. Clem has appeared on a whopping record breaking 45 number one hit singles, and here they are....

1/ "Shaking All Over" Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, 2/ "Well I Ask You" Eden Kane, 3/ "Come Outside" Mike Sarne, 4/ "Telstar" The Tornados, 5/ "Diane" The Bachelors, 6/ "You Really Got Me" The Kinks, 7/ "Its Not Unusual" Tom Jones, 8/ "Make It Easy On Yourself" The Walker Brothers, 9/ "Tears" Ken Dodd, 10/ "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" The Walker Brothers, 11/ "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" Dusty Springfield, 12/ "Out Of Time" Chris Farlowe, 13/ "Green Green Grass Of Home" Tom Jones, 14/ "Release Me" Engelbert Humperdinck, 15/ "The Last Waltz" Engelbert Humperdinck, 16/ "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde" Georgie Fame, 17/ "Everlasting Love" The Love Affair, 18/ "Cinderella Rockefella" Esther & Abi Ofarim, 19/ "I Pretend" Des O'Connor, 20/ "Where Do You Go To My Lovely" Peter Sarstedt, 21/ "Something In The Air" Thunderclap Newman, 22/ "Two Little Boys" Rolf Harris, 23/ "Love Grows" Edison Lighthouse, 24/ "Yellow River" Christie, 25/ "Hot Love" T. Rex, 26/ "Grandad" Clive Dunn, 27/ "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" Middle Of The Road, 28/ "Get It On" T. Rex, 29/ "Ernie" Benny Hill, 30/ "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" New Seekers, 31/ "Telegram Sam" T.Rex, 32/ "Son Of My Father" Chicory Tip, 33/ "Welcome Home" Peters & Lee, 34/ "Jealous Mind" Alvin Stardust, 35/ "Kung Fu Fighting" Carl Douglas, 36/ "When Will I See You Again" Three Degrees, 37/ "Whispering Grass" Windsor Davies & Don Estelle, 38/ "Give A Little Love" Bay City Rollers, 39/ "Barbados" Typically Tropical, 40/ "No Charge" J.J Barrie, 41/ "So You Win Again" Hot Chocolate, 42/ "Angelo" Brotherhood Of Man, 43/ "Figaro" Brotherhood Of Man, 44/ "Save Your Love" Renee & Renato 45/ "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo" Tony Christie ft Peter Kaye.

He helped found the Joe Meek band The Tornados, the first British band to gain a number one in the States with 'Telstar' and was considered for Led Zeppelin on two occasions; he was on fellow session and Joe Meek veteran Jimmy Page's short list when the band was being formed and was asked to join again in 1975 for a brief spell. He also played alongside The Zep's John Paul Jones on Donovan's 'Hurdy Gurdy Man'

He was played by James Corden in the excellent Joe Meek biopic Telstar (2009) and, at 74, is still going strong today. Clem, this blog salutes you!

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