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RIP, Mike Kellie (January 19, 2017) Drummer For Spooky Tooth & The Only Ones

Posted by themusicsover on January 19, 2017

Mike Kellie
March 24, 1947 – January 19, 2017

Photo credit: Joe Vitale

Mike Kellie was an English drummer who found acclaim with, primarily, Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones.  Born in Birmingham, England, Kellie was self-taught and began playing in the St. Michael’s Youth Club band while in his teens. It wasn’t long before he was asked to join Wayne and the Beachcombers, his first “real” band.  In 1967, Spooky Tooth was launched with Kellie on drums. Although it would change line-ups throughout the years, at the time it included Gary Wright, Greg Ridley and Keith Emerson.  The band’s second album, Spooky Two is considered a classic rock staple and spawned their most popular songs, “Waiting For The Wind,” “Evil Woman,” and “Feelin’ Bad.”  In 1976, Kellie joined the Only Ones, an influential power pop/new wave band that was a far cry from the more proggy sounds of Spooky Tooth.  The band released three studio albums for CBS Records. Their most famous record was 1978’s “Another Girl, Another Planet.”  The song has since been heard in numerous movies and commercials, and has been recorded by Blink-182, the Lightning Seeds, and the Replacements to name a few.  Throughout the balance of his career, Kellie was on board for a reunion or two by Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones, while being in demand as a session player.  He can be heard drumming on records by the likes of Johnny Thunders, the Who, Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Traffic and George Harrison.  Mike Kellie was 68 when he passed away on January 19, 2017.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

Thanks to Harold Lepidus for the assist.

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Died On This Date (March 4, 1979) Mike Patto / Spooky Tooth

Posted by themusicsover on March 4, 2010

Mike Patto (Born Michael McCarthy)
September 22, 1942 – March 4, 1979

mike-pattoMike Patto was the lead singer of British progressive jazz rock fusion band, Patto.  Formed in 1970, the band never sold many records, but thanks to a great live show, they did manage to land a deal with Island Records in 1972.  The band released three studio albums and a live album before breaking up in 1973.  Not to be forgotten, Patto’s “The Man,” was featured in previews for the popular 2009 comedy, Observe and Report.  In 1974, Patto briefly joined Spooky Tooth, with whom he recorded one album, The Mirror, before they broke up.  On March 4, 1979, Mike Patto died of lymphatic leukemia at the age of 36.

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