He is a British percussionist, backing singer and
composer who was a member of The Roy Young Band in 1971 and 1972. With them he backed the singer
Chuck Berry in his live recording of "My Ding-a-Ling" which reached the No.
1 spot on both sides of the Atlantic.
He could often be found as a session musician in the Top of the
Pops studios in London, where the weekly television chart show would be
broadcast. He is the leader of
the sextet King Salsa, who has a sound that is a mix of Salsa, Latin and
jazz and he has released several of his own albums, which include Latin
Underground, Afro-Cuban Sounds and Latin Jazz: Denga/El Maja. As a studio musician he has
recorded with many artists and appears on several recordings by M People, Dr
John, Pet Shop Boys, Matt Bianco, Basia, Miriam Stockley and Elton John. Since the 1980s he has taught young
percussionists and even though he underwent a series of heart attacks and
accompanying surgery, he has since made a return to making appearances.
Chuck Berry recordings
Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
My Ding-a-Ling (Dave Bartholomew)
Matt Bianco Recordings
Half a Minute (Mark Reilly/Danny White/Kito
Matt's Mood II (Mark Reilly/Danny White)
Smooth (Mark Reilly)
Good Times (New Version) (Mark Reilly/Mark
Tumbao (Edited Version) (Mark Reilly/Mark
Yeh Yeh (Rodgers Grant/Pat Patrick/Jon