Kim Gardner (27 January 1948, Dulwich, London — 24 October 2001, Los Angeles) was a musician. He was part of the British invasion of the 1960s, and recorded more than thirty albums during his music career.
Kim Gardner and his neighbour Ron Wood shared a passion for both art and music. They began drawing and playing music together as a teenagers in Yiewsley, England. From their late teens and onward, the focus was primarily on music.
While attending art college together in 1964 Gardner and Wood met Tony Munroe, Ali McKenzie and Pete McDaniels and formed The Thunderbirds. They were signed to Decca Records at the end of that year, and in 1965 released several singles, including "No Good Without You Baby" and "Leaving Here", after a name change from The Thunderbirds to The Birds.
In late 1965 the Birds left Decca to sign with Reaction Records, but Gardner and Wood quit the band and joined The Creation, a mod band popular in Europe, especially Germany. In 1967, Gardner recorded some tracks with Jon Lord, Ronnie Wood and Twink under the name Santa Barbara Machine Head. In 1968 at the dissolution of the Creation, Kim Gardner joined with Tony Ashton and Roy Dyke to form Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, a jazz-rock band.