AKA Philip Pyle
Birthplace: Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified
Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: Prominent Canterbury drummer
One of the pivotal movers behind the 70s British jazz-rock scene, Pip Pyle joined his first band, Bruno's Blues Band, at the age of 15. Bruno's became Delivery, which led to a short period in Chicken Shack; but it was his next project that really got his music career on the rails. After being called in by friend Robert Wyatt to assist with some drum tracks for Daevid Allen, Pip ended up becoming one of the founding members of Gong, providing the needed cohesion to allow the band to assume fully active status. His involvement lasted only through the recording of first album, Camembert Electrique, but the association of his name with Gong has continued ever since.
After Gong, Pyle helped to found another band which became Hatfield and the North just prior to the enlistment of keyboardist Dave Stewart. Hatfield put together two albums of challenging and varied music before dissolving; Stewart and guitarist Phil Miller then went on to form National Health with Pyle acting initially as just a temporary participant. Eventually he allowed himself to be drafted into full-time service, and continued thus for the remainder of the band's existence.
During his tenure with National Health, Pyle worked concurrently with several short-lived bands, such as the jazz combo Soft Heap. After Health, he took part in Phil Miller's band In Cahoots and also formed his own band, Equip'Out with girlfriend Sophia Domancich; he remained active with both of these bands -- and several others besides -- throughout the 1980s. 1990 saw his first participation with Gong in twenty years for a televised reunion concert, and by 1992 he was again a full-time touring member of the band.
In 1998, after seven years of recording, Pip Pyle finally released his first solo endeavor, appropriately named The Seven Year Itch. After ending a long tenure with In Cahoots in 2001, the drummer made solo work the focus of his efforts.
Chicken Shack Drummer (1971)
Gong Drummer (1971 and 1992-96)
Hatfield and the North Drummer (1972-75)
National Health Drummer (1977-83)
In Cahoots Drummer (1982-2001)
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