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Coombes, Rod (15th May 1946-Present)

He is an English drummer, guitarist, bass player and songwriter who started out by playing the guitar when he was a teenager.

He initially played with The Casuals before becoming a professional musician, which was when he decided to switch to the drums as his instrument of choice.

He became a member of Lulu’s backing group, The Luvvers, and after touring with her following her success with “Shout”, he moved on to drum in The Jeff Beck Group.  He then became a member of Trifle and soon after that he was recording with Juicy Lucy.

In the early 1970s he found himself performing with Riff-Raff , Spooky Tooth and The Roy Young Band before becoming one of the original members of Stealers Wheel.  Not staying too long with them either, he finally found a long term stint when he joined The Strawbs and remained with them for several years until 1977.

He joined up with the band Mainsqueeze for a while and his name remains on 1970s recordings of his that were re-issued.

In 1998 he and other old members of The Strawbs re-united to go on a world tour for their 30th anniversary.

In the field of musical education he has tutored many drummers who perform session work as well as in bands.  He is has been s teacher at Chichester College.

Here he  is on drums with The Strawbs performing “Hero and Heroine”…