Druid Drummer Cedric Sharpley Dies

Cedric Sharpley (left) with Druid
South African drummer Cedric Sharpley died from a heart attack on March 13th, 2012. Cedric Sharpley was the drummer for Druid, a 1970s progressive rock band from the UK that was influenced by Yes. He later joined Tubeway Army, the group led by electropop pioneer Gary Numan.

Cedric Sharpley was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1952. He moved to the UK and settled in Hertfordshire during the 1960s. He formed progressive rock band Druid with bassist Neil Brewer, singer and guitarist Dane Stevens, and keyboardist Andrew McCrorie Shand. Druid released two albums on EMI: Toward The Sun (1975) and Fluid Druid (1976).

Druid disbanded in the mid-1970s. Cedric Sharpley joined Tubeway Army and played drums on Gary Numan’s “Cars.” He performed with Numan from 1979 to 1992. After Tubeway Army disbanded, Sharpley, synthesist Chris Payne, guitarist Russell Bell and keyboard-player Denis Haines, formed synthpop band Dramatis.

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