AKA Beverly Bevan
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Drummer for ELO
Although he had played in various Birmingham-based bands since his teen years, Bev Bevan's first professional gig was with soon-to-be-Moody Bluesman Denny Laine in Denny and the Diplomats. The band continued as just The Diplomats after Denny moved on, but with little success. His fortunes finally changed in 1966 after co-founding the band The Move with fellow Birminghamians such as Roy Wood; The Move specialized in bizarre theatrical spectacles and had a unique approach to pop music, and thus quickly established a reputation for itself. It's more extreme theatrics gradually fell away, as did some of its membership, and so when Jeff Lynne was recruited in 1970 the stage was set for a new musical direction.
This direction turned out to be the band The Electric Light Orchestra, which integrated an electrified string section into the format of a rock band. Both the Move and ELO co-existed for some time, but it was ELO that ultimately proved the more popular. Bevan occupied the Electric Light Drumstool until 1982, when he had to sit out a tour due to illness; following his recovery, he served as the replacement for another ailing drummer, sitting in for Bill Ward during Black Sabbath's Born Again period.
In 1985 Bev Bevan resumed his role in ELO, which had risen to position of considerable popularity in its decade of existence (and had fallen victim to some of the ridiculous excesses made possible by such popularity), but was now in a decline due to personnel and business-related problems. Lynne decided to pursue a solo career after the 1986 release of the album Balance of Power, disenchanted by the mire the band had settled into. Bevan tried to convince Lynne to allow him to continue under the ELO banner without the singer's involvement, but when Lynne refused Bevan founded The Electric Light Orchestra, Part II in 1990. Two albums and several tours were undertaken with this version of the band.
In addition to his work with ELO and various outside sessions, Bev Bevan has organized several charitable events to raise money for causes such as the Children's Hospital in Birmingham.
Father: Charles Bevan
Wife: Valerie Taylor (m. 1970)
Son: Adrian Bevan (b. 1981)
The Move Drummer (1966-71)
The Electric Light Orchestra Drummer (1971-82 and 1985-94)
Black Sabbath Drummer (1983-84)
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