Mike Kellie (The Only Ones, Spooky Tooth drummer ) RIP

16003202_10206450251210062_1736953333931859237_nThe great Mike Kellie – the  drummer form the Only Ones and before that Spooky Tooth has passed away.

He was held in the highest of regards in the music community – if playing in those two classic bands was not enough he also drummed on Johnny Thunders So Alone album and for George Harrison, Maurice Gibb, Jim Capaldi, Peter Frampton, Jerry lee Lewis and many others.

The Birmingham born drummer would have been 70 in March.

The rest of the Only Ones posted this on Facebook

MIKE KELLIE. 1947-2017
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our friend and colleague Mike Kellie.
Kellie learned of his illness last September but, characteristically, chose to keep the diagnosis private. We will post more, personal, appreciations in due course but, for the moment, we will recall the 40 years of music-making we shared with him. A gentleman, a friend and a fine musician. Our thoughts are with his family.

Peter and Zena Perrett, Alan Mair, John Perry.

Martin Bramah from Blue Orchids posted this song, with Kellie on drums and him on guitar from a 2015 album by The Granite Shore on Facebook.  A perfect tribute (the first verse) to the great man.

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  1. Awful news. Condolences to family and friends. RIP.

  2. Top drummer and very nice guy, sorry to hear that he needed a new drummer up stairs!
    R.I.P and hit the high hat hard.
    Be at peace

  3. Terribly sad news. I loved his work with Spooky Tooth, the VIP’s, and others. Condolences to his family and friends.

  4. I loved the only ones, and saw them at brudenell in leeds, never thought I would get the chance to see them , brilliant night. Best wishes to mikes family, friends and fans

  5. Don’t forget his 1971 gig with Three Man Army.

  6. Bruce Vair-Turnbull

    Gosh! I’ve just heard this sad news. I loved The Only Ones and particularly MK’s drumming on’From Here to Eternity’. Thanks for the splendid music…

  7. Just heard the news. I associate Mike the most with Spooky Tooth, a great band that never quite got the success they deserved. If you want to hear some rock solid MK drumming (with clever use of echo) look no further than the long intro to ‘Waiting for the Wind’ on the Spooky Two album. RIP.

  8. I was tour manager during four Spooky Tooth concerts in 1970 in Denmark. I learned Mike to know as a real gentleman. I’m sorry to hear about his passing away. RIP.
    Allan J. Kortsen

  9. Top drummer and very nice guy, sorry to hear that he needed a new drummer up stairs!
    R.I.P
    Be at peace
    you help me a lot friend and neighbour from 20 holly road. R.I.P.
    judy

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