KEN YOUNG

Ken
Ken age 16 with his first Premier drum kit

Child

Ken started playing drums age 11 using just a snare and hi hat until he managed to save up and buy his first set of drums - a Premier kit - age 14.

Teenager

Ken joined his first group ‘the Apparitions’ which later became ‘Medium Rare’ whose line up of Glenn Agg, Lee Barnes, Ron Moore and Edwin Starks, were a popular band in the Bristol area in the early 60’s. Medium Rare were signed up with Vincent Rudman Agency who in no time had the band travelling around the country with 3 to 4 gigs per week. During which time the band supported many top bands of the day such as Status Quo, Walker Brothers, Procol Harum, Amen Corner, The Move and the Nashville Teens to name but a few. The band played in venues such as Bournemouth Pavilion and Torquay Princess Theatre and the Bath Pavilion regularly together with nearly every Town and Village hall in the South. Medium Rare continued on the road for three years. On splitting up Ken then formed a band with Lee Barnes and Ray Elder (who went on to join Shag Connors and the Carrot Crunchers) called Rostrum.

Early 20’s

It was in this band that Ken took over lead vocals in addition to the drumming. Rostrum were then spotted by a Bristol businessman who was opening a new nightclub in King Street called the ‘Poor House’ and were offered full time residency playing 6 nights per week and with Gerry the keyboard player broadcast cover versions on Radio Bristol. Ken left a year later to join Rowland Barter as resident band in a supper club in Queens Road called ‘El Rancho’.

Musical Highlights

It was during this time that Ken did some other work with Rowland recording at Air Studios in London and recording with Reg Presley of the famed ‘Troggs’ band in one of Rowland’s song writing projects. Ken continued playing with Rowland in venues around Bristol for the next 6 years and together formed various band over the last 18 years. Some of the highlights have been backing Roger Cook singer songwriter (famed for ‘I’d like to teach the world to sing’ and ‘Talking in your sleep’) at 3 charity events. In recent years returning to the Bath Pavilion having played there 40 years earlier found the dressing rooms had not changed since playing there as support act to Status Quo who had Pictures of Matchstick Men at number 1 in the charts. The Groups Galore event at the Bristol Colston Hall had Ken drumming and singing with Rockola and Dale Rivers and the Ramrods.

Up to date

Ken continues to play with a great bunch of guys in Rockola and spends his spare time teaching people of all ages to play drums and can only wish that some of them enjoy similar musical experiences to enrich their lives.

 

Ken hippy
Ken at age 17 in the days of flower power