Bobby Boyd passed away
Tuesday 25th April. Bobby played drums with the Blue Mags in
their early years and joined the Savoy Jazzmen in the late 60ís.
When he moved to Wales in the early 80ís he continued playing
but mainly with trios & quartets.
I remember Bobby well and played with him back in the late 60s: as I remember him, he was a very funny guy, a great driving drummer who played attentively and yet never took any prisoners. In full swing, you could hear Bobby swearing at his drums to get more out of them! A real character, great musician and yet another sad loss to so many.
Very sorry to hear of Bobby Boyd passing, The list of guys no longer with us is getting dangerously large.
I had the pleasure of playing with him as part of the late Alan Pendlebury's All Stars on the QE2 in 1984.
He was, as were the rest of us, not happy with having to the keep the volume down and using the brushes more than usual. Poor Alan was more than a little stressed with this! However the gig, which lasted 3 weeks, was from Durban to Southampton as the final leg of the 1984 world cruise and we and we all had a great trip. We had thrill of playing opposite the great Joe Loss Band, on some occasions, and also Charles Aznavour, Rita Moreno, Peter Gordino and his lovely entourage, Ted Rogers (321) and Hubert Gregg (Thanks for the memory).
We all had a memorable taxi journey from Port Said to Cairo to visit the Museum of Antiquities, and then to see the 3 Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. His drumming was always spot on and he never failed to keep a steady rhythm, however fast or slow it had been set.
My condolences to his