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Description: Drummer, UK

Known For: Member and drummer of the group “Family”

Instruments: Drums

Music Styles: Rock

Location: United Kingdom

Date Born: 7th July 1947
Location Born: Leicester, United Kingdom

Web Site: Strange Band: The Family Home Page

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Rob Townsend

Rob Townsend (born 7 July 1947) is a British rock and blues drummer. He was influenced by jazz greats such as Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa and is best known for being the drummer for progressive rock band Family and later The Blues Band.

Townsend was born in Leicester, England, where he spent his teenage years playing in various bands, such as the Beatniks, Broodly Hoo and Legay. He became drummer for Family, replacing Harry Overnall in 1967. Family broke up in 1973 and Townsend joined Medicine Head,. After eighteen months he left Medicine Head and spent much of the late 1970s as freelance session drummer for Peter Skellern, George Melly and Bill Wyman amongst others. During this time he played drums for Kevin Ayers, Charlie Whitney’s Axis Point

In 1979 Townsend joined The Blues Band, in a line up including Paul Jones, guitarists Dave Kelly and Tom McGuinness also bassist Gary Fletcher. He has also appeared with Jones and McGuinness in the Manfred Mann splinter band The Manfreds.

In 2005 Townsend told music journalist Mark Forster:

I have come home from tours absolutely dead on my feet and I will get a call to go and play at a local pub because their regular drummer can’t do it and I say yes. . . . When I am not playing I go to drum shops or music shows. I just love it. I feel so lucky to be able to be doing something I love to do and to be able to earn a living from it.