Tribute paid to chart-topping Scarborough drummer, 81

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042334 b 2 june 2nd'Big Band Drummer Ken Golder in Scarborough People...

A chart-topping Scarborough music legend, who worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment, has died.

The funeral of drummer Kenneth Golder, who was perhaps best known for his work with the John Barry Seven, will be held today following his death from a stroke last week.

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The sticksman played alongside Oscar-winner Barry for several years, topping the hit parade, and performing on the soundtrack for the first James Bond film, Dr No.

Ken also worked at Plaxtons for 30 years, and his wife of 23 years Ann called him a “wondeful, loyal and kind man – the best husband in the world.”

A drummer since the age of 14, Ken turned to the instrument following a brief stint as an apprentice joiner.

The thud of Ken’s snare gave his parents a headache, but the teenager had natural talent behind the kit, and he spent hours trying to emulate his hero Buddy Rich.

The practice paid off, and within months he had landed his first gig, at the Barrowliff Community Centre.

He played in various groups, until he landed his “dream” job with the Blue Mariners Band at the Scarborough Spa.

This was cut short when he was called up for national service, but he still kept the beat with the East Yorkshire Military Band while he served.

Upon his return, he was introduced to legendary composer Barry, who was assembling a group, a meeting which changed his life.

He toured all accross Europe with the band, and made several TV apparances.

Such was their popularity at the time, insurance was taken out by Barry in case any member married, such was their appeal to teenagers.

He also shared the stage with names like Des O’Connor, Larry Grayson and Hollywood legend Ava Gardner.