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Clem Cattini (28th August Birthday)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:01 pm
by john poole
Clemente Anselmo Arturo Cattini - leader of The Tornados & session drummer - born 28th August, 1937 (Stoke Newington) - other birth dates are available (20th & 27th) and birth years (1938 & 1939) but I'm sticking with the most common one.

The Tornados - 'Robot' (1963) - typically bizarre Scopitone juke box film -

Re: Clem Cattini (28th August Birthday)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:51 am
by john poole
80 today if wikipedia is to be believed

Early appearance (0:47 onwards in the clip) in the 1958 film “The Golden Disc” seen behind the drum kit during a terrible song in a scene with Terry Dene

Clem was the drummer in the Wild Cats, the backing group for Larry Parnes' acts, prior to joining the first recorded version of Johnny Kidd’s Pirates -

‘Restless’ (1960) - the less often heard follow-up to ‘Shakin’ All Over’ - Alan Caddy - guitar, Brian Gregg - bass, plus the sessionman Joe Moretti - lead guitar

Cattini, Caddy, & Gregg left Kidd in 1961 to join Tommy Steele’s brother in Colin Hicks & the Cabin Boys - not a great move for them, but by the following year Cattini and Caddy had a No.1 hit as members of the Tornados and went on to appear in the amusing Scopitone film posted above in 2010. Having not joined Peter Grant’s new group with Jimmy Page in 1968, Clem survived to play ‘Telstar’ with a Shadows tribute group in 2009

The list of No.1 hits he drummed includes a few surprise (to me at least) inclusions (T.Rex, Thunderclap Newman ...), but it is difficult to believe that Gamble & Huff had him over in Philadelphia to play on the original recording of 'When Will I See You Again' by the Three Degrees.

Journalists should note - 'You Really Got Me' has been removed from the list ... r-zeppelin
78 yesterday according to IMDb -
or perhaps his 80th was on the 20th?