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Aynsley Dunbar


Rock and roll journeyman Aynsley Dunbar offers proven himself among the finest drummers available for over two decades, whether as an associate of several rings or being a program musician. Dunbar started his career over the United kingdom blues-rock scene, using Champion Jack port Dupree and Eddie Boyd before getting the drummer for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in 1967; he was inspired by jazz as well as the Who’s Keith Moon aswell. During this time period, Dunbar also performed on Jeff Beck’s seminal Truth periods, and also fulfilled Frank Zappa in Belgium; when Zappa split up the first model of the Moms of Invention, he asked Dunbar to become listed on his new music group. Dunbar first made an appearance with Zappa being a guitarist on Uncle Meats, but shortly assumed drum tasks within the Flo and Eddie edition of the Moms, showing up on such albums as Chunga’s Revenge, Fillmore East: June 1971, and 200 Motels, and playing music that provided him an opportunity to showcase his jazzier chops. For the time being, Dunbar also produced a blues-rock music group known as the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, which highlighted guitarist/vocalist John Moorshead, bassist Alex Dmochowski, and organist Victor Brox. The group released many albums from 1969-1970, including a self-titled work, Doctor Dunbar’s Prescription, also to Mum From Aynsley as well as the Children. When Flo and Eddie jumped dispatch in 1972 following a deranged enthusiast pushed Zappa in the stage, confining him to some wheelchair, Dunbar became a member of their backing music group for some time, although he’d also go back to use Zappa on studio room tasks like Waka/Jawaka, The Grand Wazoo, and Apostrophe’, in addition to continuing his regular studio work with other performers. He briefly produced a link with David Bowie around 1973-74 for the albums Pin-Ups and Gemstone Dogs, however in 1975, Dunbar made a decision to join a fresh jazz-rock fusion group known as Journey. He continued to be with the music group up through 1978’s Infinity, departing as Trip earned vocalist Steve Perry and shifted their sound towards arena-rock. Dunbar following joined up with Jefferson Starship in 1978, keeping subjected to 1982’s Winds of Transformation. He resurfaced many years afterwards with Whitesnake and performed drums over the band’s 1987 industrial breakthrough. Nevertheless, Dunbar was once again gone by another Whitesnake record; he provides since returned towards the blues-rock he began his profession with, dealing with such performers as Pat Travers.

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Full Name Aynsley Dunbar
Profession Drummer, Songwriter
Nationality English
Music Groups Journey, Whitesnake, The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, The Mothers of Invention, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Jefferson Starship, UFO, The Jeff Beck Group, The Animals, The Spiders from Mars, The Mojos, World Classic Rockers, Plastic Ono Band, Mother's Army
Music Songs Imagine, Is This Love, Still of the Night, Lights, Working Class Hero, Wheel in the Sky, Mother, God, Love, Give Peace a Chance, To Play Some Magic, Count On Me, Give Me All Your Love, Runaway, Feeling That Way, So Many Roads, Woman Is the Nigger of the World, New York City, Looking for Love, Cold Turkey, Bad Boys, Find Your Way Back, Yer Blues, Hold On, Well Well Well, Remember, Hideaway, We're All Water, The Luck of the Irish, Of A Lifetime, Patiently, Blue Suede Shoes
Albums Whitesnake, Weasels Ripped My Flesh, Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton, Look into the Future, Journey, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, Live Peace in Toronto 1969, Bare Wires, Infinity, A Hard Road, Take Me to the Land of Hell, John Mayall Plays John Mayall, 70th Birthday Concert, Covenant, Earth, Fillmore East - June 1971, Sharks, Wake Up Call, Between My Head and the Sky, You Are Here, Next, Feeling the Space, Live in 1967, Padlock on the Blues, The 1982 Reunion Concert, Mutiny, Freedom at Point Zero, The Best Of, Looking Back, Gold, Doctor Dunbar's Prescription, The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation / Doctor Dunbar's Prescription, Blue Whale, Silver Tones: The Best of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Movies 200 Motels

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1 Currently working with Eric Burdon
2 Played drums for such artists as John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (1966-67), Retaliation (1967-70), 'Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention' (1970-73), 'David Bowie (I)' (1973-74), Journey (1974-79), Jefferson Starship (1979-82), Whitesnake (1985-87) and Eric Burdon (1996-present).



Dirty Duck 1974 voice
200 Motels 1971 Member of Mothers of Invention

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200 Motels 1971 music performer: Mothers of Invention



Guitar 1991 Video documentary Ansley Dunbar
The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels 1988 Video documentary Himself
Uncle Meat 1987 Video documentary Himself / Biff Junior
Video from Hell 1985 Video Himself
Fridays 1981 TV Series Himself
Beat-Club 1972 TV Series
Pop-Eye 1970 TV Series Himself / Singer
Top of the Pops 1967 TV Series The Jeff Beck Group

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Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words 2016 Documentary Himself
Frank Zappa 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself

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