Tony Meehan
(1943-2005)

Died aged 62

Daniel Joseph Anthony Meehan (2 March 1943 – 28 November 2005), professionally known as Tony Meehan, was a founder member of the British group The Drifters, with Jet Harris, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, which would evolve into The Shadows. He played drums on early Cliff Richard and the Shadows hits and on early Shadows instrumentals. Meehan was professionally nicknamed "The Baron" by his many admirers and friends within the British pop-rock music industry. He is reckoned to have influenced many thousands of teenage boys and adolescents to take up music as a career, including Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, as a result of his iconic film performance in Cliff Richard's film The Young Ones. His drumming style (cf. "", "Apache") is noticeably different from that of other drummers that the Shadows employed during 1958–2010 such as Brian Bennett, Clem Cattini and Trevor Spencer, preferring a simpler 1950s jazz style kit to a voluminous 1970–80s rock-metal drum kit. Thus his kit was significantly more spartan, in terms of quantity of drums and accessories, than Bennett's modern expansive drum kits through the decades. In his contribution to the 1961 book The Shadows by Themselves, Meehan gives advice to all would-be drummers on drum-kit care and maintenance.

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band member of The Shadows

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Tony Meehan 1943-2005 founder member of The Shadows. Lived here in flat 34 1977-2005

Lauderdale Mansions, Lauderdale Road, Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom where they lived