Normally These pages are all about Guitar Players.

 But I made an exception for Aynsley because of his incredible history.  And the fact that I have seen him so many times !!
   I have been looking for a copy of
"All Along The Watchtower" By Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation for more than 25 years.

Can Anyone Help

Ed Roman 07/25/06

Aynsley Dunbar is probably one of the most prolific drummers in the business
His history is utterly amazing, 
He has played with the greatest musicians and singers in the world !!!



Aynsley was born on January 10, 1946, in Liverpool, England. Over his career, he has demonstrated the ability of playing many different styles including jazz, blues, fusion, rock and progressive rock. With over 30 gold and platinum records from over 112 albums, Aynsley Dunbar has proven himself one of the finest drummers in the business for over forty years, whether as a member of a band or as a session musician.

Playing drums since the age of eleven, Aynsley began his professional career on the Liverpool jazz scene, playing at various gigs until joining a band called Leo Rutherford at fifteen, and then on to the traditional jazz band Merseysippi Jazz Band at the age of seventeen. In August, 1963, when rock descended on Liverpool, Aynsley shifted to rock/R&B and joined Derry Wilkieand the Pressmen. In January, 1964, the band disbanded and Aynsley joined four of the band members to form The Flamingos. After a short tour of Germany, they joined Freddie Starr in April of 1964 to form Freddie Starr and the Flamingos . In 1964, Aynsley joined the Excheckers, and then off to Stu James and the Mojos, a Liverpool band who toured from 1963-1966, famous for their pop hit entitled Everything's All Right.

After leaving the Mojos, Aynsley joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in 1966 with Peter Green and John McVie to record such British Blues staples as Hard Road and many others. As a Bluesbreaker, Aynsley recorded with Eddie Boyd and released an EP record with Paul Butterfield. It was through Bluesbreaker concerts that drummers first discover that an Aynsley Dunbar drum solo was something never to be missed. Aynsley's next gig was drumming for the Jeff Beck Group, with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, playing on Jeff Beck's Seminal Truth sessions, Tallyman and Rock My Plimsoul. Before leaving the band, the whole group appeared in Donovan's album, Barabajajal. In 1967, Dunbar formed a blues-rock band named The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, which featured guitarist/vocalist John Moorshead, keyboardist Tommy Eyre, bassist Alex Dmochowski, organist/singer Victor Brox, and also back veteran blues artist Champion Jack Dupree and Tim Rose, famous for his songs Hey Joe and In the Morning Dew. Rod Stewart also fronted Retaliation on an earlier live recording with members Peter Green and Jack Bruce. Retaliation disbanded and Aynsley formed a new band, Blue Whale, a progressive style jamming band that recorded one album that featured a cover of a Frank Zappa song, Willie the Pimp. While with Retaliation, Aynsley met Frank Zappa in Belgium at a BYG record festival, where Frank sat in with Retaliation on two songs.

One night, upon randomly wondering into his favorite haunt, the London Club SpeakEasy, Aynsley was told someone was there waiting for him. There sat Frank Zappa. He invited Aynsley to join his new band and move to America. Aynsley arrived in the U.S., moved into Frank's Los Angeles house and set up his drums in his basement. Frank immediately put him to the test: OK, now remind me why I hired you. Aynsley delivered the goods and in that spontaneous moment, he and Frank created Chunga's Revenge. Not bad for the first day in the basement. Aynsley first appeared with Zappa on Chunga's Revenge and toured with the old Mothers on the Mother's Day Tour of 1970. Frank then approached Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (The Turtles) to join his new version of the Mothers of Invention, appearing on such albums as Fillmore East: June 1971 and 200 Motels, and playing music that gave Aynsley a chance to show off his jazzier chops. In 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono joined Aynsley with Frank and the Mothers to record the live album Sometime in New York City.

When Howard Kaylan (Flo) and Mark Volman (Eddie) jumped ship from Zappa's band in 1972 after a strange accident where a fan pushed Zappa from the stage and caused him to be confined to a wheel chair, Aynsley joined them as a member of their backing band for a short period. He would return to work with Zappa on jazzier studio projects like Waka/Jawaka, The Grand Wazoo, and Apostrophe', as well as continuing his studio work for other artists. He joined David Bowie in the 1973-1974 time frame for the albums Pin-Ups and Diamond Dogs. Aynsley recorded powerful drumming on a cover of his own Mojos hit, Everything's All right, and Bowie's huge hit, Rebel Rebel. In 1973, Aynsley also recorded Lou Reed's famous session album Berlin with Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood, and Tony Levin. In 1974, after recording twelve albums in two years (yes, 12 in two years), Aynsley was acclaimed by the music industry as the world's leading session musician. That same year, too busy flying a bi-weekly Atlantic crossing from Los Angles-to-London to record with Bowie. Aynsley delayed returning several phone messages from Santana guitarist Neal Schon and manager Herbie Herbert . When Aynsley finally returned the call, he took a listen to this new jazz-rock fusion group named Journey. Eager to build a democratic rock-fusion band, he joined, recorded and co-wrote four albums, including the highly acclaimed rock-fusion instrumental Kohoutek, Of a Lifetime, which features Gregg Rolie vocals with high-impact solos, Hustler, which featured Aynsley's first use of double kick drums, and such mega-hits as Lights, Feeling That Way, Anytime, Patiently, Something to Hide and Wheel in the Sky. Aynsley departed Journey as the band shifted their sound away from challenging rock-fusion towards simpler ballads.

In 1976, Aynsley played on rocker Sammy Hagar's album Nine On a Ten Inch Scale and played for the second time with Nils Lofgren to drum up his hit Back it Up on Cry Tough. Aynsley next joined Jefferson Starship in 1978, promptly bringing the band a new hit album with Freedom at Point Zero and such hits as Jane, Girl with the Hungry Eyes, and the mega hit, Find Your Way Back. He stayed with Jefferson Starship, touring and recording through 1982's Winds of Change. Aynsley took a well-deserved breather, to rest on his laurels in the great city of San Francisco, the same city that awarded him three prestigious BAMMIES. At the request of David Coverdale, over lunch at Sunset's La Dome, Aynsley was convinced to leave retirement to join Whitesnake in 1985. Aynsley played drums on the band's commercial breakthrough album, Whitesnake 1987, producing another string of hits, Still of the Night, What is Love and Here I go Again.

Aynsley then took another leave to raise his four children, Gretchen, Bibs, Taylor and Dash but the sticks kept calling and Aynsley headed out on the road again in 1994, playing and recording with such artists as Pat Travers, UFO, John Lee Hooker, Michael Schenker, and collaborating with many of the world's top musicians on tribute albums to Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Queen and most recently Metallica. In 1996, Aynsley joined guitarist Alvin Lee from Ten Years After, Eric Burdon and a band of veteran musicians for a tour entitled Best of British Blues. Soon after, a virtuoso of musicians formed a hard driving rock band Mother's Army, featuring guitarist Jeff Watson from Night Ranger, Ozzie Osborne's bassist Bob Daisley, Deep Purple front man Joe Lynn Turner with Aynsley on the chops for a progressive metal-rock album Fire on the Moon, now awaiting release in the U.S.

In October 1996, Aynsley returned to his hectic world touring roots and signed on with Eric Burdon and the New Animals, bringing his powerful, driving beat to the rock `n roll hits We Gotta Get Out of This Place, It's My Life, Spill the Wine, Don't Bring Me Down, House of the Rising Sun, and many, many others. He has recorded three albums and a live recorded DVD which includes one of Aynsley's tremendous drum solos. As a New Animal, Aynsley reunited last year with John Mayall and Spencer Davis to perform for the Official 2000 Grammy Awards. The New Animals joined Spencer again, playing at the U.S. Democratic National Convention in 2000.

No other modern rock / jazz / blues / fusion drummer has played with as many successful bands and musicians as Aynsley Dunbar. Although Aynsley has achieved such professional success, tragedy struck him June 1999, when his youngest son Dash was diagnosed with brain cancer. Sadly, Dash passed away
on May 9, 2000. Dash's courageous fight proves to be an inspiration for Aynsley to keep pushing on, never to give up his dream... to continue creating music and to share his tremendous musical talent with the world.




  • Merseysippi Jazz Band

  • Derry Wilkie & The Pressmen

  • The Flamingos

  • Freddie Starr & The Flamingos

  • The Excheckers

  • Stu James & the Mojos

  • John Mayall's Bluesbreakers

      • A hard road (Feb 67, Decca)

      • Looking back (Aug 1969, Deram) (CD reissue: 1990)

      • Thru the years (1971, Decca) (2LP) (CD reissue: 1990)

      • London blues (1964-1969) (Oct 1992) (2CD)

      • The Best of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - As it all began 1964-69 (1997, Decca)

  • Jeff Beck Group

      • Beckology (Nov 1991, Epic) (3CD box set, with many unreleased tracks)

  • unnamed band (I)

  • unnamed band (II)

  • Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation

    • Brox/Moorshead/Dmochowski/Dunbar lineup:

      • Retaliation (1968, Liberty/Blue Thumb) (CD reissue: 1993, One Way)

      • Doctor Dunbar's prescription (1969, Liberty/Blue Thumb) (CD reissue: 1993, One Way)

    • Brox/Moorshead/Dmochowski/Eyre/Dunbar lineup:

      • To Mum from Aynsley and the boys (1969, Liberty/Blue Thumb) (CD reissue: 1993, One Way)

      • Remains to be heard (1970, Liberty)

  • Blue Whale

      • Blue Whale (1970, Warner)

  • The Mothers of Invention / The Mothers

    • Help with lineups, please!

      • Chunga's revenge (Oct 1970, Bizarre/Reprise) (CD reissue: Rykodisc, 1995)

      • 200 motels (Oct 1971, UA) (CD reissue: Oct 1996, Rykodisc)

    • Zappa/Kaylan/Volman/Pons/Preston/Harris/Underwood/Dunbar lineup:

      • Fillmore East, June 1971 (1971, Bizarre/Reprise)

      • Just another band from L.A. (Apr 1972, Bizarre/Reprise) (CD reissue: Rykodisc, 1995)

  • Flo & Eddie

    • Kaylan/Volman/Rowles/Pons/Dunbar lineup:

      • The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie (1972, Reprise)

    • Kaylan/Volman/Rowles/Herron/Pons/Dunbar lineup:

      • Flo & Eddie (1973)

    • Kaylan/Volman/Reed/Scott/Underwood/Dunbar lineup:

      • Illegal, immoral and fattening (1975)

    • several lineups:

      • The best of Flo & Eddie (1987, Rhino)

  • David Bowie Band

    • Bowie/Ronson/Bolder/Garson/Dunbar lineup:

      • Pin ups (Oct 73, RCA) (CD reissue: Rykodisc, 2 bonus tracks)

    • with no stable lineup:

      • Diamond dogs (CD reissue: 1990, EMI, with 2 bonus tracks)

  • The Fallen Angels

  • Journey

    • Schon/Thickner/Valory/Rolie/Dunbar lineup:

      • Journey (Apr 75, CBS)

    • Schon/Valory/Rolie/Dunbar lineup:

      • Look into the future (Jan 76, CBS)

      • Next (Jan 77, CBS)

    • Perry/Schon/Valory/Rolie/Dunbar lineup:

      • Infinity (Feb 78, CBS)

    • several lineups:

      • In the beginning (1979, CBS) (2LP) (compilation)

      • Greatest hits (1988, CBS) (compilation)

      • Time 3 (Dec 1992, CBS) (3CD) (compilation)

  • Jefferson Starship

    • Thomas/Kantner/Chaquico/Sears/Freiberg/Dunbar lineup:

      • Freedom at point zero (1979, Grunt) (reissued on CD, 1997)

    • Slick/Thomas/Kantner/Chaquico/Sears/Freiberg/Dunbar lineup:

      • Modern times (1981, Grunt/RCA)

      • Winds of change (1982, Grunt)

    • several lineups (although credited to Starship):

      • Greatest hits (ten years and change 1979-1991)

  • Whitesnake

    • Coverdale/Sykes/Murray/Dunbar lineup:

      • 1987 (1987, EMI)

    • several lineups:

      • Greatest hits (1994, EMI)

  • Pat Travers Band

  • The Best of British Blues

  • Mogg/Way

      • Edge of the world (Jun 1997, Shrapnel)

  • Eric Burdon's I Band

      • The Official Live Bootleg (1997, Flying Eye)

      • <2nd album>

  • Mother's Army

      • Fire on the moon (1998, Victor) (Japanese only)

  • Eric Burdon & The New Animals

      • Live at the Coach House (1999) (live video)

Very talented drummer, Aynsley T. "The Hawk" Dunbar was born in January 10, 1946,
in Liverpool, England. He started playing violin, but he later changed to drums.
He has the ability of playing perfectly many different styles: jazz (yes, jazz!), blues, rock, and hard rock.
It isn't easy to play under so different names as Frank Zappa, John Mayall or Whitesnake, to name a few.

Rumor has it about two different groups.
He was supposed to be the drummer in a trio with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake.
He was supposed to be the original drummer in Asia.
Both jobs were given to Carl Palmer.

More facts to his legend:

  • Noel Redding wanted Aynsley to complete the initial lineup of Jimi Hendrix Experience, but Mitch Mitchell was called instead.

  • Aynsley was chosen to be the drummer in Armageddon (band formed by Martin Pugh and the late Keith Relf), but he had just signed with Journey.

  • He also made the odd gig with famous bands, such as Bonzo Dog Band (on occasion, once with Keith Moon), or Hot Tuna.

Now, we're going to read about the bands he has belonged.


Sorry, I don't know anything about them, except that Aynsley played there.


Derry Wilkie was lead singer in Howie Casey's band called Howie Casey & The Seniors.

Around 1962, he formed his own band, The Pressmen, and after several lineup changes,

Aynsley joined them in August 1963:

          Derry Wilkie (vocals)
          Dave Carden (guitar)
          Bob Pears (bass)
          Phil Kenzie (sax)
          Dave Roberts (sax)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
But, in January 1964, the band disbanded. Derry and Phil Kenzie formed Derry Wilkie & The Others,
while the other 4 guys formed The Flamingos.


It was January 1964:

          Dave Carden (guitar)
          Dave Roberts (guitar, sax)
          Bob Pears (bass, vocals)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
After a short tour by Germany, and not getting a recording contract,
they join lead singer Freddie Starr in April 1964.


Freddie Starr (Freddie Howell) also was lead singer in Howie Casey & The Seniors.

At the end of 1962, he started forming his own bands, where Keef Hartley even played.
In May 1964, they became Freddie Starr & The Flamingos.

          Freddie Starr (vocals)
          Dave Carden (guitar)
          Dave Roberts (guitar, sax)
          Bob Pears (bass, vocals)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
Again, lack of success, so Aynsley left the band in October 1964.


          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
          + others unknown

This band recorded a single in 1964 for Decca.


The Mojos were a band from Liverpool from the early times (1963), that is, Beatles contemporaries.
They were commanded by Stu James, a member from Nomads. The Mojos started on the blues path,

although they made good pop singles. In December 1964, they change lineup and band name

(they became known as Stu James & The Mojos).

          Stu James (vocals)
          Nicky Crouch (guitar, vocals)
          Lewis Collins (bass)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

They only recorded two singles, toured a lot, and in September 1966, Collins and Dunbar leave the group.


After leaving Mojos, Aynsley joins John Mayall prestigious band in September 1966

          John Mayall (vocals, keyboards, guitar, harmonica)
          Peter Green (guitar, vocals)
          John McVie (bass)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

A great lineup (as almost every Mayall lineup,). With  Peter Green

They made a superb album, A hard road, the only one that Peter Green (and Dunbar) made with Mayall.

A horn section was used in 4 tracks: Johnny Almond (sax), Alan Skidmore (sax), Ray Warleigh (trumpet).

Recorded from October to November 1966, it was produced by Mike Vernon.

Looking back comprises 11 tracks, none of them ever available on an album.

There are songs from 1964 to 1967.

Regarding Aynsley, I can say that there are 3 tracks where he appears. Keef Hartley (2 tracks), Chris Mercer (1 track).

And with fantastic guitar players: Eric Clapton (1 song), Peter Green (7 songs!!!), Mick Taylor (1 song).

Thru the years  with just the tracks not included in Looking back.
It comprises 14 tracks, none of them ever available on an album.
Regarding Aynsley, he appears in 7 tracks.  Keef Hartley (1 track), Chris Mercer (2 tracks).
Noted appearances: Peter Green (8 songs),
Mick Taylor (3 tracks), and musicians who formed Coliseum:
Jon Hiseman, Tony Reeves and Dick Heckstall Smith.


They also recorded an EP with Paul Butterfield, called John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Paul Butterfield

They also appear as backing band in an album by bluesman Eddie Boyd,
Eddie Boyd & His Blues Band (featuring the Bluesbreakers)

In April 1967, Dunbar quits.

Regarding later compilations, London blues (1964-1969) is a 2CD, with several tracks including Aynsley.

In 1997, it has been released the compilation The best of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - As it all began 64-69.

It has been digitally remastered, and includes Mayall's comments on every track, from an interview.

Aynsley Dunbar plays in 3 tracks: 'Looking back' (from Looking back), 'A hard road' (from A hard road), and 'Eagle eye'

(from the EP recorded with Paul Butterfield).


( left to right: Aynsley Dunbar, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood)

Dunbar joins Jeff Beck Group in April 1967. He sits in the drummer kit after several quick replacements by other people.

But after a brief period, Dunbar leaves in August 1967.

Before leaving the band, the whole Jeff Beck Group appeared in a Donovan's album, Barabajagal


In November 1967, Aynsley forms his own band. Before getting a permanent lineup,

He made an attempt to release a single with an all-star lineup:

          Rod Stewart (vocals)
          Peter Green (guitar)
          Jack Bruce (bass)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

They record the song 'Stone crazy', but it was not released.

Years later, it was finally released in a blues compilation from the 60s,

 History of British blues (1973, Sire).



In April 1968, there's another attempt to form a superband.

Keith West and Steve Howe left the band Tomorrow,

 They formed a band with Aynsley and former colleagues

Ron Wood and keyboard wizard Nicky Hopkins:

          Keith West (vocals)
          Steve Howe (guitar)
          Ronnie Wood (bass)
          Nicky Hopkins (keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

They recorded some demos in November 1968 for EMI that remained unreleased until now,

when they've appeared in the Keith West collection of rarities Excerpts from Keith West -

Groups and sessions 65-74 (1995, RPM - 23 tracks, also featuring Herbie Flowers, Clem Cattini, John 'Twink' Adler).

The two songs featured from those sessions are 'The visit' and 'She'.


After all these aborted tries, Aynsley finally decides to lead his own band.

          Victor Brox (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
          Jon Morshead (guitar, vocals)
          Keith Tillman (bass)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

Sometime later, a new member enters in the bass role:

          Victor Brox (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
          Jon Morshead (guitar, vocals)
          Alex Dmochovski (bass)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

They release two albums, Retaliation and Doctor Dunbar's prescription.

For the third album, To Mum from Aynsley and the boys,

there is a new member, the prolific Tommy Eyre.

          Victor Brox (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
          Jon Morshead (guitar, vocals)
          Alex Dmochovski (bass)
          Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

This album was produced by former boss, John Mayall.

Several of them were old John Mayall bandmates (Aynsley himself, Tillman and Dmochovski).

They shared bill with Frank Zappa band in Belgium, in the Amougies Festival, in October 1969,

and in Paris, where Zappa puts his eyes on him. That would lead to a fruitful team soon later.

There's a last album released, called Remains to be heard.
But several songs sound like demos, so I don't know if the band members appear there.

A curious note: Aynsley appeared in one of the first Hot Tuna concerts, in April 1969, as a guest.



This is the new band formed by Aynsley in 1969, only keeping Tommy Eyre from his band:

          Paul Williams (vocals)
          Ivan Zagni (guitar)
          Roger Sutton (bass)
          Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

Robert Fripp (cerebrum in King Crimson) almost joined the group.

(scan courtesy of Mike Tolan)

They released an album, Blue whale, in a progressive style, with long jamming songs.

But Aynsley dissolved the band, when he got a call from Frank Zappa to join forces.

Coincidentally, the album contains a long version of Zappa's 'Willie the pimp'.


This is just a one-off lineup. In the summer of 1970, John Mayall was to play at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music.

But, not having a stable band at the time, he asked some of his old friends to play with him.

See the surprising one-off lineup!

Peter Green, soon after leaving Fleetwood Mac, Bassist Ric Grech, & drummer Aynsley Dunbar!

          John Mayall (vocals, keyboards, guitar, harmonica)
          Peter Green (guitar, vocals)
          Ric Grech (bass)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)


Around May 1970, Aynsley joins the numerous list of Frank Zappa alumni.

This band incarnation also received the name of Hot Rats, or The Mothers.

          Frank Zappa (guitar)
          Max Bennett (bass)
          Sugarcane Harris (violin, organ, vocals)
          Ian Underwood (keyboards, horns)
          Billy Mundi (drums)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)



Zappa meets Howard Kaylan & Mark Volman (singers in The Turtles),

They form a new band, under the name The Mothers.

They play at Bath Festival with this lineup:

          Frank Zappa (guitar)
          Howard Kaylan (vocals)
          Mark Volman (vocals)
          Jeff Simmons (bass)
          George Duke (keyboards)
          Ian Underwood (keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

They work in the album 200 Motels, where Simmons is substituted by Martin Lickert,

They are augmented for the film with Ruth Underwood (drums),

Don Preston, Jimmy Carl Black, Jim Pons (bass), Jim Sherwood.

200 motels also has the guest collaborations of Ringo Starr and Keith Moon.

But the live lineup is, in May 1971:

          Frank Zappa (guitar)
          Howard Kaylan (vocals)
          Mark Volman (vocals)
          Jim Pons (bass)
          Ian Underwood (keyboards)
          Bob Harris (keyboards)
          Don Preston (keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

They played with John Lennon in his concert at Fillmore East in June 1971.
Two live albums appeared from this event, Fillmore East, June 1971, credited to Frank Zappa,
Another one credited to John Lennon: Sometime in New York City.

But in December 1971, Frank Zappa has a serious accident;
A Moronic Cretin from the audience pushed him from the stage at Rainbow Theatre, London.
He had to stay in a wheelchair for several months,

The band decide to put together a new idea, called Flo & Eddie.
 Zappa was almost abandoned by his musicians, But his good relationship with them continued

Aynsley later played as a guest in some later Frank Zappa albums,


The funny name comes from The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie.

It's 1972, and this was the first lineup:

          Howard Kaylan (vocals)
          Mark Volman (vocals)
          Gary Rowles (guitar)
          Jim Pons (bass)
          Don Preston (keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

Sometime later, Don Preston leaves the band.

They release their first album, The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie.

They get a new keyboardist.

          Howard Kaylan (vocals)
          Mark Volman (vocals)
          Gary Rowles (guitar)
          Jim Pons (bass)
          John Herron (keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

They release their second album, called Flo & Eddie.

They toured supporting wild Alice Cooper. But in 1973, other changes happen within the band:

          Howard Kaylan (vocals)
          Mark Volman (vocals)
          Phil Reed (guitar)
          Erik Scott (bass)
          Ian Underwood (keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

A third album, still with Aynsley, is released, with another funny title, Illegal, immoral & fattening.

With some session musicians playing, like Leland Sklar (later with James Taylor and Phil Collins)

or the later member Craig Krampf (drums). 

 April 1973, Aynsley leaves them for David Bowie.


After the breakup of the original Spiders from Mars band,

Aynsley joins David Bowie in 1973.

          David Bowie (vocals)
          Mick Ronson (guitar)
          Trevor Bolder (bass)
          Mike Garson (keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

On 18-20 August 1973, David Bowie recorded an NBC Midnight Special at London's Marquee Club

Titled 'The 1980 Floor Show',

using an augmented lineup of the band:

          David Bowie (vocals)
          Mick Ronson (guitar)
          Mark Carr Pritchard (guitar)
          Trevor Bolder (bass)
          Mike Garson (keyboards)
          Geoff MacCormack (backing vocals)
          Jason Guess (backing vocals)
          Ava Cherry (backing vocals)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
(David Bowie, Mick Ronson & Aynsley Dunbar at The 1980 Floor Show)

By the way, this was the only live show Aynsley ever did with Bowie.

After releasing Pin ups, an album made of covers of songs Bowie always loved

(from The Kinks, The Who, Pink Floyd, The Easybeats, The Yardbirds, Them... and The Mojos, a band where Aynsley had played!),

The remaining survivors from Spiders from Mars,

 The great ones Mick Ronson & Trevor Bolder "Uriah Heep" leave David Bowie.

          David Bowie (vocals)
          Alan Parker (guitar)
          Herbie Flowers (bass)
          Mike Garson (keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

David Bowie reforms the band (without Aynsley, replaced by Tony Newman) in February 1974.
Aynsley still appears in Bowie's next album,
Diamond Dogs.
Recorded with David Bowie (vocals, guitar, sax, keyboards), Alan Parker (guitar on 1 track),
Herbie Flowers (bass), Tony Newman (drums), Aynsley Dunbar (drums), and Tony Visconti (strings).
 David Bowie plays all the guitar parts in the album (except for 1 song).
Marc Bolan is supposed to be playing guitar uncredited in some songs, as well as Keith Richards.
The two bonus tracks in my edition are "Dodo" and "Candidate", both recorded in 1973,
but no musicians specified in them.


Still in 1973, as David Bowie was getting rid of all his fellow mates

Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder & Aynsley  projected to stay together in a new band,
along with vocalist Scott Richardson:

          Scott Richardson (vocals)
          Mick Ronson (guitar, vocals)
          Trevor Bolder (bass)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

Nothing came from this combo, and they finally split after a few months.


 I Saw Journey open up for Ted Nugent At The New Haven Coliseum before any one ever heard of them!!

          Neal Schon (guitar, vocals)
          George Thickner (guitar, vocals)
          Ross Valory (bass, vocals)
          Greg Rolie (vocals, keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

They release their first album, Journey, and toured America with many other bands,

including Jeff Beck (Aynsley's old boss), & Hot Tuna.

In April 1975, George Thickner leaves the band. They continue as a quartet during two more years:

          Neal Schon (guitar, vocals)
          Ross Valory (bass, vocals)
          Greg Rolie (vocals, keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

In May 75, they play in the "Day on the green Festival",

with some bands that sooner or later were to be very related with Aynsley:

Jeff Beck, Nils Lofgren and Jefferson Starship.

After releasing two more albums, Look into the future and Next, they decide to put more focus on vocals,

and they search for a frontman. In June 1977, they are a quintet again:

          Robert Fleischman (vocals)
          Neal Schon (guitar, vocals)
          Ross Valory (bass, vocals)
          Greg Rolie (vocals, keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

But after a very short period, in September 1977,

Fleischman is substituted for the definitive vocalist, Steve Perry.

          Steve Perry (vocals)
          Neal Schon (guitar, vocals)
          Ross Valory (bass, vocals)
          Greg Rolie (vocals, keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

They release a new album, Infinity, with huge success. But a year later, in November 1978,

Problems between the band and Aynsley are followed by Aynsley's departure.

There has been released later compilations. Greatest hits mostly covers the Steve Perry period,

In the beginning compiles songs from the first 3 albums, and Time 3 is a 3CD box set.


Around the end of 1978, Aynsley joins Jefferson Starship.

The band was in a low point, because two of their leaders,

Marty Balin & Grace Slick had just left them.

          Mickey Thomas (vocals)
          Craig Chaquico (guitar)
          Paul Kantner (guitar, vocals)
          Pete Sears (bass, keyboards, vocals)
          David Freiberg (bass, keyboards, vocals)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

Freedom at point zero contains the hit-single "Jane",

and a very beautiful song penned by Pete Sears, "Awakening".


In March 1981, Grace Slick comes back to the band,

 starting a continuous story of entering and leaving the band along the years.

          Grace Slick (vocals)
          Mickey Thomas (vocals)
          Craig Chaquico (guitar)
          Paul Kantner (guitar, vocals)
          Pete Sears (bass, keyboards, vocals)
          David Freiberg (bass, keyboards, vocals)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

(scan courtesy of Mike Tolan)

They release a new album that year, Modern times.

In 1982, they release a new album, Winds of change,

but Aynsley quits same year, before the tour was started.



Recently, it has appeared a compilation credited to Starship.

It's called Greatest hits (ten years and change 1979-1991),

Although it's credited to Starship (not to Jefferson Starship),

it contains several tracks from the Jefferson Starship years,  thus Aynsley appearing here.


After leaving Jefferson Starship, Aynsley took a rest from music business, until 1985.


Whitesnake's former drummer, Cozy Powell, had left the band in January 1985,

They spent 6 months trying musicians for the role, until they chose Aynsley in September 1985.

          David Coverdale (vocals)
          John Sykes (guitar)
          Neil Murray (bass)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

But in 1986 David Coverdale has to take a rest, and in August 1986, he resumes his activities,

now without Murray or Sykes. At the end of 1986, Dunbar is out of the band too.

Soon later, it's released the 1987 album, with help from Adrian Vandenberg ,

Don Airey (keyboards) & Bill Cuomo (keyboards).    The album was called Whitesnake in the States.

Greatest hits is a compilation including some songs only available as a single.
  David Coverdale (vocals), Micky Moody (guitar), John Sykes (guitar), Steve Vai (guitar),
 Dann Huff (guitar), Neil Murray (bass), Rudy Sarzo (bass), Don Airey (keyboards),
 Alan Pasqua (keyboards),
 Cozy Powell (drums), Aynsley Dunbar (drums),
 Denny Carmassi (drums), Tommy Aldridge (drums).



I don't know the lineup or the period when Aynsley was with Pat Travers. Help, please!

          Pat Travers (guitar, vocals)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
          + others unknown to me


Around May 1996, Alvin Lee, fantastic guitarist from the famous blues-rock band Ten Years After,

assembles a band of great veteran musicians, for a tour:

          Eric Burdon (vocals)
          Alvin Lee (guitar)
          Micky Moody (guitar)
          Boz Burrell (bass)
          Tim Hinkley (keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

But, after only 4 concerts, Boz Burrell leaves them, being replaced by Tony Franklin. This still was May 1996.

          Eric Burdon (vocals)
          Alvin Lee (guitar)
          Micky Moody (guitar)
          Tony Franklin (bass)
          Tim Hinkley (keyboards)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

They finish the tour at the end of March 1997, and Alvin Lee resumes both his Alvin Lee Band and his old group Ten Years After.

But Aynsley and Eric Burdon would reunite very soon, as we'll read...


In 1996, Phil Mogg & Pete Way, two founder members of UFO,
 start a new chapter of the band, but under the name Mogg/Way.

          Phil Mogg (vocals)
          George Bellas (guitar)
          Pete Way (bass)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

They release an album, Edge of the World,
with help from Matt Guillory (keyboards) and Eric Martin (from Mr. Big, backing vocals on 1 song).



Aynsley joins Eric Burdon again, after having toured together along with Alvin Lee in 1996.
Mark Craney was the original drummer in the band, but his illness finally prevented him to keep on playing live concerts,
Aynsley arrived, around 1997. guitarist, Larry Wilkins, sadly passed away on May 6, 1997.
I saw these guys at
least 15 times
(Excellent Excellent)

          Eric Burdon (vocals)
          Larry Wilkins (guitar)   RIP
          Dean Restum (guitar)
          Dave Meros (bass)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

In order to compete with the bootleggers who follow their tour, they issued their own CD,
The official live bootleg.
It was recorded in Germany in Nov, 1996. It contains Eric's greatest hits,
'Don't let me be misunderstood', 'Monterey', 'House of the rising sun', etc., & a couple of covers:
Jimi Hendrix's
'Little wing', plus The Doors' 'Roadhouse blues',

Aynsley performs a drum solo. It's a very good live album, I love it!



They are now in the studio polishing work for an upcoming CD, as well as another live one.

The new guitarist is Neal Morse (from Spock's Beard, the same band where Dave Meros and Neal play).

          Eric Burdon (vocals)
          Dean Restum (guitar)
          Neal Morse (guitar, keyboards)
          Dave Meros (bass)
          Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

There is now available a second I-Band live bootleg CD.


Eric Burdon has a new studio CD under review (Dunbar is on all the tracks),

Eric's new autobiography will be issued with a CD

Aynsley Dunbar will probably be the drummer for many of those tracks too.

Aynsley Dunbar, Live with "Eric Burdon's I Band", Racine, Wis., June, 1998.
(Original photo courtesy of Mike Tolan. )
"Eric Burdon's I Band", from Cabooze Bar, Minneapolis, June 1998.


  • This band comprised four virtuoso musicians:

    Jeff Watson (guitar, from Night Ranger), Bob Daisley (bass, ex- Uriah Heep, Rainbow, lately in Dio),
    Carmine Appice (drums). They released 2 albums. But later, Carmine Appice leaves the project,
    he is replaced by Aynsley Dunbar in 1997.


            Joe Lynn Turner (vocals)
            Jeff Watson (guitar)
            Bob Daisley (bass)
            Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

    They released their third album (first with Aynsley), Fire on the moon. Initially, it was only released in Japan.

    Please note: Aynsley hasn't left Eric Burdon's band.
     In fact, all the musicians in Mother's Army belong to other bands,
    but they record a new album from time to time.


    In 1999, Eric Burdon decides to change the name of his "I-Band" to "The New Animals".
     But he keeps the same lineup, except for one change:

            Eric Burdon (vocals)
            Dean Restum (guitar)
            Dave Meros (bass)
            Martin Gerschwitz (keyboards)
            Aynsley Dunbar (drums)

    They have released a live video, Live at The Coach House, also available on DVD.







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