Rolling Stone Magazine’s Number Five ‘Greatest Drummers of All Time’ Terry Bozzio
By Al Carlos Hernandez on March 28, 2014
HOLLYWOOD (Herald de Paris) – Legendary drummer and educator, Terry Bozzio ranks number five in Rolling Stones’ 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time. He is also included in Modern Drummer’s Top 25 Drummers of All Time and ranks number nine in Esquire Magazine’s Ten Craziest Drummers Ever.
Terry Bozzio, a San Franciscan native, began his love of music as a child by playing to records of Tito Puente, Sandy Nelson, and The Ventures. His musical education began at Sir Francis Drake High School and College of Marin where he received his degree.
Bozzio first got his start as the drummer for Frank Zappa’s backing band during the ’70s, but would go on to become one of rock’s most versatile session men. He went on to form one of new wave’s most visually exciting bands Missing Persons along with then-wife Dale Bozzio. In the early ’70s Bozzio had landed gigs with such rock musicals as Godspell and Walking in My Time, in addition to playing in several jazz/fusion outfits and appearing on his first record while backing trumpeter Luis Gasca on his 1972 release Born to Love You.
Bozzio caught his big career break when he auditioned for and got a spot drumming for Frank Zappa. Bozzio’s tenure with Zappa lasted only three years, but the drummer was featured on ten albums and countless tours (Bozzio appeared in the Zappa concert movie Baby Snakes). Bozzio also served as the inspiration for several Zappa compositions during their time together including The Black Page and Punky’s Whips.
After leaving Zappa in 1978, Bozzio nearly landed spots with a pair of potentially interesting groups – a jazz supergroup called Group 87 (consisting of bassist Patrick O’Hearn and keyboardist Mark Isham, among others) and already-established hard rockers Thin Lizzy. Unfortunately, both wound up not working out for Bozzio although he would play on Group 87′s self-titled debut recording a couple of years later. But Bozzio didn’t have to wait long to join his next project once he got the thumbs up to join progressive rockers U.K. in 1979.
The same year he played on a pair of U.K. albums (Danger Money and Night After NIght) as well as their subsequent supporting tours. Up next for Bozzio was a new wave project with his wife Dale and former Frank Zappa guitarist Warren Cuccurullo – they called their group Missing Persons. The group’s space age sound and look turned heads right off the bat as they enjoyed a pair of hit singles/videos (Words and Destination Unknown), as well as a gold-certified debut album, 1982′s Spring Session M. But the band (and Bozzio’s marriage) didn’t last much longer.