Genesis & Solo People
A-M - N-Z
You can help!
If you can help fill in some of the gaps e-mail me on - email@example.com
there are a LOT of people missing and much information to compile - I am after a 'Who's Who' kind of mini biography of each person, It doesn't matter if they are a major name like Phil Collins or a uncredited backing singer on a Anthony Phillips album. I would like to know where and when they were born, followed by a brief career progression. I'm also interested in how they became part of the 'Genesis & Solo' world and what relevant albums they have contributed to, any links to websites or additional information would be great!
Please note that any text must be your own work and not taken from copyright material. Also I am only (for the most part - I may include some opinion if it is of interest) interested in factual research and not personal opinions, i.e. comparing albums for example. I will (if you wish I will credit any work to )
Thanks to "John North West London" for valuable contributions
34mr - backing vocals
61tb - thanks to
Hugo Nicholson - 61tb - assistant
Leo Nocentelli - 72pg - guitar
Dick Nolan - 61tb - bass guitar
Sinéad O'Connor - 72pg - vocals
Ayub Ogada – 72pg - vocals
Sally Oldfield vocals - 8sh
Andrew Olney - 61tb - Cover Photography
William Orbit - 72pg - programming, additional programming
Chris Ormston - 72pg - bagpipes
Simon Osbourne - 61tb - assistant
Gary O'Toole Drums/Vocals
143sh drums, harmony voices
Lighting Designer - mid 1970's to The Way We Walk tour
"I just saw your site while cruising around, and I have a name to add. My dad... Alan Owen Lighting Designer From the early-mid 70s to The Way We Walk Tour in '94 Thought you might be interested... Angela D. Owen" 28th April 2008 email supplied.
"He HATED having his picture taken. Angela D. Owen" 29th April 2008 email supplied.
Jeff Pank - studio equipment fitter for Phil Collins
Pino Palladino - 61tb - bass guitar
Jerry Peal - 143sh engineering, additional engineering, backwards voice
Harry Pearce - 143sh - design
John G. Perry - 16ap
Morris Pert - Percussion - 22mr
Brand X: Moroccan Roll (percussion)
The Phantom Horns - 61tb - augmentation
members: Gary Barnacle, Pete Thoms, John Thirkell, Derek Watkins
The Phenix Horns group - 46pc
Anthony Edwin Phillips
Genesis founder member - Solo Career from 1977 to present
Born: 23rd December 1950
1960s -1970s 1g, 2g, 12ap, 16ap, 18ap, 19ap 1980s 22mr, 25ap, 28ap, 31ap, 42ap, 43ap, 45ap, 48ap, 50ap, 56ap, 57ap, 63ap 1990s 64ap, 71ap, 78ap, 79ap, 82ap, 84ap, 86ap, 89ap, 91ap, 94ap, 95ap, 98ap, 100g, 108ap 2000s 120ap, 122ap, 130ap, 139ap
Pete Phipps- Drums - 34mr
Robin Phillips oboe - 16ap, 89ap
Simon Phillips - Drums - 22mr
Mike Piggott www.mikepiggott.com
"Hello Paul. I am trying to discover the whereabouts of drummer Rob Tyrell who I see is mentioned on your site. I knew him when he lived in Putney. I see that he might be on the south coast - I am in West Sussex. In the late '60s I was in a blues band with him - "The Blues Enclosure" - and have some pics of a gig at Kingston Polytechnic. I am also in touch with the other two members. I remember his Genesis connection. Later on I was in Phil Collin's "Zox and the Radar Boys" (which is another story). Anyway, if you have any info that might be useful I would appreciate it.
Many thanks Mike Piggott " (15th October 2009) firstname.lastname@example.org
I supplied Mike with an address.
Hello Paul Many thanks for this - I will keep it confidential. Re my involvement on the Genesis fringe - I met Phil Collins when he was living in Epsom and rehearsed quite a lot with his sideline band "Zox and the Radar Boys". I can't remember all the other guys but Peter Banks was involved and guitarist Ronnie Caryl - who I remember enjoyed playing at the rehearsals so much we almost had to unplug him to get him to stop! We did a few gigs, the first being at Friars, Aylesbury on 7th July 1973. We didn't record as a band but I did some studio work with Phil in Leatherhead but I can't remember what it was for. The next band he had was Brand X and he did ring me about rehearsing an early version of this but I couldn't make it and he didn't ring again! If you are interested in my career since then please look at www.mikepiggott.com Anyway - thanks for Rob's address - hopefully it's his current one.
All the best Mike" (26th October 2009)
Mark Plummer photos - 8sh[r]
Renard Poché – 72pg - trombone
Kim Poor cover art Wife of Steve Hackett, he met her during 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' era - 8sh
143sh - cover painting, dedicated to
Mark Powell - product co-ordination and tape research - 8sh
Hassam Ramzy - 72pg - tabla, surdu
Tex Read equipment - 8sh
Chris Redgate - The Underworld Orchestra - 143sh - oboe, cor anglais
David Rhodes - 72pg - guitar, string guitar, solo guitar
Rich credit on - 2g
Ainslie Roberts - 21tb - cover painting
Recorded some of the bands earliest recordings - he was noted for giving the band some of their first experiences of a studio recoring process, and for telling the band off for the way they used his studio equipment by saying "Mind my compressors!"
B.A. Robertson songwriter - 49m&tm
61tb - saxes
79 - soprano saxophone and co-composed track 8
Pete Robinson - 34mr - keyboards
Katrina Rogers (Camino records) - 143sh - special thanks
Doudou N'Diaye Rose - 72pg - drum loop
Mike Russell - 53gtr - back cover photography
Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics founder member - Solo Career from 1979 to present
Born: Guildford, Surrey, England, UK - 2nd October 1950
Albums 1960s -1970s 1g to 7g , 8sh, 9g, 10g, 12ap, 13g, 15g 1980s 22mr, 23g, 30g, 32g, 34mr, 40g, 49m&tm, 51solo, 54g, 59m&tm, 1990s 70g, 74g, 75g, 83m&tm,, 87m&tm, 96g, 98ap, 100g, 105m&tm, 107g 2000s 112g, 131m&tm, 135g
Shankar - 72ph- violin
John Silver - Genesis member
Miki Slingsby - 53gtr - front cover and innersleeve photography
Leland Sklar - bass - unmistakeable facial hair!
Phil Smee (Waldo's Design & Dream Emporium) - cd packaging - 8sh[r]
Bill Smith cover art - 30g
Graham Smith violin - 14sh
Tony Smith Genesis and Phil Collins manager from about 1973 to date
61tb - thanks to
Tony Stratton Smith 1933-1987 Signed Genesis to his Charisma label in 1970
Phil Spalding - 53gtr - bass guitar and backing vocals
Chris Squire - 53gtr - 171sh - While working in the GTR album Steve Hackett met Chris
Chris Stewart - Genesis founder member - Author
Has written three best selling travel biographies "Driving Over Lemons" & "A Parrot In The Pepper Tree" and "The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society"
Richard Stewart - The Underworld Orchestra - 143sh - cello
Stiltskin - band
(circa 1994) - Ray Wilson,
(2006 - present) - Ray Wilson, Ali Ferguson, Uwe Metzler, Ashey MacMillan, Lawrie MacMillan
Sting - backing vocals 'Take Me Home' and 'Long Long Way To Go' - 46pc
Mike Stone credit on - 3g
Charisma record label manager. Charisma were a label with an eclectic mix of acts, from Lindisfarne to Monty Python - this was the perfect label for the band, they were allowed to develop with full support.
long serving tour guitarist for Genesis and Phil Collins from about 1978. Also worked with Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks.
27pc, 34mr, 35pc, 39tb, 46pc, 55pc, 62pc, 66pc, 74g, 75g, 88pc, 101pc, 104pc, 112g, 118pc
John Swannell - 61tb - Portraits
Betty Swanwick RA (1915-1989) - cover art
"Betty Swanwick was born in London in 1915 and lived in Sussex. She died in 1989. Studied at Goldsmiths College School of Art and the Royal College of Art. In later years she painted primarily in watercolour. She designed posters for London Transport and Shell, and murals for various organisations. The superbly drawn picture, The Rooks, is typical of the world she invented – a world, before the motor age, of large country houses and country scenes populated by simple people characterised by huge hands, large boots and shapeless clothing."
This image by Betty (titled The Rooks) is included as it's feel is reminisent of her Selling England By The Pound album artwork - Image and text from www.artinharlow.com - 6g
Helen Terry credit - 46pc
Assane Thiam – 72pg - tama, talking drum
John Thirkell - 61tb - The Phantom Horns - trumpet
David Thomas - 100g
Backing Vocals on 'In The Wilderness (rough mix without strings)' and 'Build Me A Mountain (rough mix)' 1968
Chester Thompson - drums/percussion
long serving tour drummer for Genesis and Phil Collins from about 1977
and has also appeared on Phil Collins solo albums, and probably appears on many more Genesis related solo albums as well
21tb - drums and percussion
Pete Thoms - 61tb - The Phantom Horns - trombone
Steve Tobin - 8sh - parrot and cough
Christine Townsend - The Underworld Orchestra 143sh - principle violin, viola
143sh saxes, principle flute, alto flute, tin whistle, bass clarinet
Luke Tunney - Trumpet - 34mr
Rob Tyrell - drums
Played for Anon and Sour Milk Sea before Genesis was formed No recorded material known?
"Hi, I saw your page on the Internet http://www.hedges.org.uk/Genesis/Genesispeople-a-m.htm and I thought I'd write to give you some information on Rob Tyrell. In 1981 I started playing drums and Rob Tyrell was my teacher, and at that time he lived in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. As you know he'd been in a group with some members of Genesis at Charterhouse School, and after that he went onto play in a group with future members of Queen. When Rob was teaching me he was a professional drummer on the light entertainment circuit, and he'd dedicated himself to becoming a proper drummer rather than just someone who bashed out a rhythm. He never mentioned his Genesis connection but when I read Pete Frame's Rock Family Trees book, I spotted his name and asked him if he was the Rob Tyrell listed as "lost without trace". He admitted that he was, and he mentioned a story about bumping into Mike Rutherford in London after Genesis had become famous. He was waiting at a bus stop and Mike was coming out of somewhere and was about to get into a car. Rob said hello and they chatted for some time. Mike gave him his number and asked him to call but Rob never did (well not at the time he was teaching me) because he didn't want to be looked at as a hanger-on.
I stopped lessons with Rob as he went away to work on a cruise ship and then moved away from the area...I'd heard he'd gone to the south coast of England somewhere but I can't confirm that. I remember him as being a really friendly and genuine guy, very down to earth, and a bloody good drummer, too. I even bought some drums from him, which I still have, and even though I no longer use them, I can't bring myself to sell them.
Although this information is not current, I hope it helps in some small way with your research. Good luck!"
Kind regards Jeremy Cooke (15th September 2006) e-mail now lost
"Rob Tyrrell is alive, well and drumming at Ouston, County Durham."
John Smith (27th January 2008) email@example.com
Came across your website while my son was surfing the net last night and wanted to let you know that I'm still drumming and teaching in the north east of England near Newcastle on Tyne.
have quite an interesting story to tell about my drumming career and it's almost total demise due to severe disability which I have almost completely recovered from and am also trying to put a website together which documents my playing career for 20 years. The web address is DrumTrain.co.UK and I think it's live now though I have very little experience in creating websites or doing any of that social networking stuff.
It would be great to meet up with some of the guys from Genesis again and I remember Mike Piggott well and also teaching Jeremy Cooke at my rented house in Ampthill near Bedford. (I was the resident drummer at Caesar's Palace international cabaret club in Luton at the time).
It would be great to hear from you and fill in some more details about my past,
Look forward to hearing from you,
All the best for now,
Rob Tyrrell (ex Anon & Sour Milk Sea drummmer) (10th November 2012) firstname.lastname@example.org
The Underworld Orchestra 143sh
Members: Christine Townsend, Richard Stewart, Dick Driver, Colin Clague, Chris Redgate
Halpin Grey Vermeir - 61tb - design
Vicar, The - 16ap, 18ap
Peter Van Hooke - 49m&tm
Nigel Warren-Green solo cello - 8sh
Derek Watkins - 61tb - The Phantom Horns - trumpet
Paul Watkins - assistant engineer - 8sh
Fred White - vocals - 66pc
Paul Whitehead Designed the 'classic' Genesis album covers
2g, 3g, 4g
A&R man at Island Records wrote unnamed band as "Brand X" in rehearsal schedule and the name stuck, recorded album pre Unorthodox Behaviour but was never released (from sleeve notes The Plot Thins the history of Brand X circa 1992)
Carol Willis photography - 45ap
John Wilson - 61tb - additional vocals
Stiltskin, Genesis, Cut member - solo career
Born: Scotland, UK - 8th September 1968
Effectivley replaced Phil Collins, for the Calling all stations album and tour.
John Wood (Camino records) - 143sh - special thanks
Paul Young (2) - vocalist - born Luton, Bedfordshire, England UK - 69tb
Genesis tour drummer 1997
Israeli tour drummer on the Calling All Stations album and tour
96g, 102cut, 107g, 121rw, 132rw, 135g, 142stilt
This page last updated 10th November 2012