Interview with Bob Henrit
Over the years Bob has been the drummer in a successful rock band “Argent”, the session drummer working with Don Mclean, Adam Faith, The Kinks, Unit 4 plus 2, and Ray Davies to name but a few The owner of the first UK’s major drum store “Henrits” a regular contributor to Making Music, Melody Maker, Rhythm, Modern Drummer and Drum magazines and more recently heavily involved with Arbiters drums demonstrating, marketing and designing them.
Bob has always been an honest and hands on drummer and his knowledge of the drum industry is second to none, lets see what he has to say!
Your first major gig was Argent, how did that come about?
In the 70s we saw the launch of probably the first superstore drum shop in the UK “Henrits drum store” in the centre of London, how did that come about?
You were still a very active drummer at the same time how did you manage a playing career and the running of a drum shop?
For the past few years you have been working with Ray Davies and the Kinks how did that come about?
|What are some of your most memorable recordings and gigs? |
There are a great many over the past 41 years so mostly it’s the most successful records you remember. I suppose ‘Concrete and Clay’ with Unit 4 +2, ‘The first Time’ with Adam Faith, and of course ‘Hold your head up’ with Argent. But some of my favourites were not at all successful. ‘Why won’t they let us drummers sing’ with Bobbie Elliott deserves honourable mention, as does just about everything I ever did with Ian Mathews and Colin Blunstone. As far as memorable gigs are concerned, many years ago (when I was about 17) I played at a Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium that was an incredible experience, I also played with The Kinks at the Inaugural Concert for the Rock ‘n’ roll Hall of fame when everybody I had ever admired was on the bill, from Chuck Berry to Aretha Franklin and Booker T and the MGs. The show was evidently seen around the world by billions of people the next day via HBO. We once played to 500,000 people at the Festival of the Midnight sun in Turku, Finland. We went on at midnight and it was still light. I played with a guy named Sonny Curtis some time ago. He was Buddy Holly’s guitarist and wrote songs for Buddy, the Everleys and a great many others. Playing ‘Walk right back’,’ I fought the law’ and ‘Rocking with Ollie Vee’ with the guy who wrote the stuff was a real thrill. This of course was a feeling I experienced every night when playing with the Kinks.
How did you get involved with the development of Arbiters drums?
I know you are still an active drummer what are you up to?
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