Artists Clem Cattini

Session Legend.

Born in London on 20th August 1937 to an Italian Father and Mother, Clem, from an early age always knew he wanted to play the drums. After leaving school Clem worked in his dad's cafe until one day he decided to follow his dream, to make his living from his talent on the drum kit.

Clem started his professional career in he late fifties at the 2 I's Coffee Bar with a rock and roll group touring with Max Wall. Clem went on to join 60's Pop star Terry Dene as one of the Deneaces. He then worked with Vince Taylor and Chas McDevitt before joining the Larry Parnes Rock and Roll shows backing such artists as Billy Fury, Vince Eager, Marty Wilde and others.


Clem then left to join Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, playing on the legendary No 1 hit Shakin' All Over. In 1960 Clem was one of the founder members of The Tornados, the first British group ever to reach No 1 in the American charts with Telstar. He stayed with the Tornados until 1965 then joined the Ivy League and played on their numerous Hits including Tossin' and Turning.


Clem eventually went in to session work playing on over 40 number one hit records including 'Devil Woman' (Cliff Richard), Last Waltz (Englebert Humperdinck), Green Green Grass (Tom Jones), Everlasting Love (The Love Affair), Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart (Gene Pitney), Bonnie and Clyde (Georgie Fame), Hi Ho Silver Lining (Jeff Beck), Amarillo (Tony Christie) plus many more.


Clem has also recorded with the following artists: The Kinks, Paul McCartney, The Bee Gees, Lulu, Lou Reed, Dusty Springfield, Bay City Rollers, Sandy Shaw, Classic Rock (LSO) Clodagh Rodgers, Marvin Welch and Farrar, Paul Jones, Ike And Tina Turner, The Bachelors and The Wombles amongst others.

Clem worked in the Top of the Pops orchestra for 12 years backing such artists as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight and Abba. He performed on tour with Cliff Richard, Roy Orbison, Englebert Humperdinck, Sandy Shaw, Dusty Springfield, The Kids from Fame, Neil Sedaka, The Drifters, Lulu, Grace Kennedy Sony & Cher and many others.


TV work includes performing in the following TV series orchestras: Benny Hill, Lulu, Michael Barrymore, Tommy Cooper, Freddie Starr, Grace Kennedy, Keith Harris and Orville and Crackerjack amongst others. Clem's soundtrack credits include Just for Fun, The Krays, The Golden Disc, Swinging U.K. and Superman 1.


Clem is at present recording and touring with the reformed TORNADOS. In October 2000 Clem was awarded a Gold badge By BASCA for his services to the music industry.