John Bundrick

Birth name John Douglas Bundrick
Born November 21, 1948
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Blues-rock, hard rock, blues
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter, Producer
Instruments Keyboards, piano, vocals

John Douglas “Rabbit” Bundrick (born November 21, 1948 in Houston, Texas) is an American rock keyboardist, pianist and organist. He is best known for his work with the Who and associations with others including Eric Burdon, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Roger Waters, Free and Crawler. Bundrick is noted as the principal musician for the cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the mid-1970s, he was a member of the short-lived group Mallard, formed by ex-members of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band. He is also known as a composer and has recorded solo albums.

Bundrick toured and recorded with Texan vocalist Johnny Nash. Bundrick played on Nash’s hit single and album “I Can See Clearly Now” (1972). He met Bob Marley while in Sweden, while working on the soundtrack to the Swedish film Vill så gärna tro. Marley, Bundrick, and Johnny Nash became roommates there during the stay. Sometime after their return to London, Bundrick was brought in to collaborate on arrangements for Marley’s Catch a Fire album, adding keyboards to the original Jamaican recordings to make the record more accessible to listeners. Around this time, Bundrick also worked with Chris Blackwell of Island Records, appearing on recordings by the company.

In 1972 the members of Free reformed joined by Bundrick on keyboards. They recorded Free’s final album Heartbreaker, which included “Muddy Water” and “Common Mortal Man” by Bundrick, who was also credited for collaborations on two other tracks. After a brief tour period of touring Free broke up.

Bundrick first worked with Pete Townshend in 1977 when he performed on Rough Mix, Townshend’s solo collaboration with Ronnie Lane, former bass player for Small Faces and Faces. He was invited to play on the Who’s album Who Are You (1978), but broke his arm falling out of a taxi at the studio door and was unable to participate in recording sessions.

Bundrick performed with the Who for their Super Bowl XLIV halftime show in 2010. He played with the group in 2011 at a charity show but was replaced in the subsequent tours. Pete Townshend has commented that there “.. was an issue between Roger Daltrey and Rabbit.”

Selected discography

1971 Kossoff Kirke Tetsu Rabbit
1972 Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
1972 Sandy Denny – Sandy
1973 Free – Heartbreaker
1973 Paul Kossoff – Back Street Crawler
1973 John Martyn – Solid Air
1973 Bundrick – Broken Arrows
1973 Donovan – Cosmic Wheels
1974 Bundrick – Dark Saloon
1974 Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico, Eno – June 1, 1974
1974 Bryn Haworth – Let the Days Go By
1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show
1975 Jim Capaldi – Short Cut Draw Blood
1975 Andy Fairweather Low – La Booga Rooga
1977 Joan Armatrading – Show Some Emotion
1977 Eric Burdon – Survivor
1977 Townshend & Lane – Rough Mix
1979 The Only Ones – Special View
1980 Pete Townshend – Empty Glass
1981 The Who – Face Dances
1985 Deep End – Deep End Live!
1988 Bundrick – Dream Jungle
1992 Roger Waters – Amused to Death
1998 Fairport Convention – Cropredy 98
2006 The Who – Endless Wire
2007 Mick Jagger – The Very Best of Mick Jagger (Deluxe Edition)
2015 208 Talks of Angels – Made in Hell
2017 The Puss Puss Band – Echoes Across the Cruel Sea

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