‘You Really Got Me’ drummer Bobby Graham dies

Graham played on over 15,000 records

Legendary session drummer Bobby Graham has passed away, aged 69.

Graham played on an estimated 15,000 records in his lifetime, including Petula Clark‘s ‘Downtown’, Dusty Springfield‘s ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ and ‘Gloria’ by Them. Alongside those acts, he also worked with The Kinks, playing drums on both ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘All Day And All Of The Night’.

The Kinks‘ producer Shel Talmy described Graham as “the greatest drummer the UK has ever produced”, states Bobbygraham.com.


The session musician also claimed he was approached by Brian Epstein to replace Pete Best in The Beatles, but turned the offer down because the band weren’t famous enough at that point.

Graham died at the Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City on Monday (September 14), after a four month battle with stomach cancer. He is survived by his wife, Belinda, his son, Shawn, and his younger brother, Ian.