Artists Bob Henrit
Argent, The Kinks, The Roulettes
Like one or two others of his generation Bob Henrit began his musical life in a skiffle group. Upon leaving school his ex-next door neighbour, one CLIFF RICHARD, was instrumental in him getting a gig with ADAM FAITH.
This lasted through five years and several hit records. He’d been at school with a bunch of folk singers who, with his musical aid, produced a decidedly unexpected record: ‘Concrete and Clay’ which was a tremendous success around the world. After a protracted time in Europe with a chanteur named RICHARD ANTHONY he returned to Britain and his pals UNIT 4 2 whilst waiting for his next band ARGENT to get its act together.
Several million records and many gruelling tours later PHOENIX rose from the ashes of Argent and in turn became CHARLIE. During this period Henrit made records with many punk bands whose drummers couldn’t cut it in the studios, as well as several recording stints with LEO SAYER, RUSS BALLARD, RINGO STARR and ROGER DALTREY.
PETER GABRIEL left GENESIS and PHIL COLLINS invited him to join the band but contractual obligations would not allow this whereupon he toured and recorded with IAN MATHEWS, MIKE RUTHERFORD and RICHIE HAVENS before DON McLEAN engaged his services for a couple of years.
In 1977 Henrit’s Drumstore opened in London’s Wardour Street.
After playing on solo albums for DAVE DAVIES he came to the notice of RAY DAVIES who invited him to join the KINKS. Umpteen albums and many world tours later The Kinks were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. In 1995 Henrit achieved a unique ambition playing at the Hall’s inaugural concert in Cleveland alongside the likes of CHUCK BERRY, JAMES BROWN, BRUCE SPRINGSTEIN and just about anybody who’s anybody in Rock ‘n’ Roll.
In 1992 Bob Henrit received the coveted ‘IVOR NOVELLO AWARD’ for services to music.
Things with the Kinks tended to go in fits and starts and during a lull in the proceedings he was writing about Ivor Arbiter, who had been responsible for many inventions in the drum world. Ivor had a new and revolutionary project up his sleeve which Henrit was so enthusiastic about that, when asked to help with the promotion and marketing of this ‘Advanced Tuning’ system he jumped at the chance. With Henrit’s guidance this system gave rise to ‘Flats’ which was the first acoustic drum set in a bag.
In 2005 Bob decided that Flats could go further and decided to take the project to its logical conclusion away from Arbiter. ‘Traps’ are the vastly improved result of this step forward and are now in demand around the world in acoustic and electronic versions.
Having started his writing career with Beat Instrumental, Melody Maker and International Musician whilst running a drum store in the sixties and seventies; Henrit still writes regularly about drums, sadly no longer for Melody Maker, but for Rhythm, Modern Drummer, Rimshot, Drum! and various other magazines around the world. He is currently working on several multi-media projects including ‘Crash, Bang, Wallop’ an info-tainment about drums, drummers and drumming.
Bob Henrit is at the moment putting the finishing touches to two books. The first is an autobiography tentatively entitled ‘Banging On’ the second is ‘The more (or less) Complete book of the Arbiter Drum’ . He contributes regularly to www.mikedolbear.com the world’s most popular drummer’s website.
These days as far as gigs are concerned he responds to the telephone and plays with various pals including the guys from the Roulettes, Argent and of course the Kinks.
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