Andy Newmark

Born 14 July 1950.

Biography

Andrew "Andy" Newmark (born July 14, 1950 in Port Chester, New York) is an American session drummer who is well-known as the onetime drummer for Sly and the Family Stone, and has also played with numerous other artists, particularly British acts such as John Lennon, Pink Floyd, and Roxy Music.

Andy was born in Port Chester, NY and raised primarily in the nearby suburb of Mamaroneck. Andy's mother was Bermudian, and Andy is also a citizen of Bermuda. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant who worked in the New York District Attorney's office. First taking up the drums at the age of nine, Andy gradually honed his craft and was taking paid gigs as early as age 15. Visiting Bermuda frequently throughout his youth, Andy made the decision to move there on a more permanent basis at the age of 16. Andy played in two Bermuda groups: The Savages (as a fill in for Howie Rego) and as the drummer for the Bermuda Jam.

Best known as a popular session drummer, and for playing with the funk band Sly and the Family Stone from 1972 to 1973. Hired to replace Gerry Gibson, who in turn had replaced founding Family Stone member Gregg Errico, Newmark was invited to audition for Sly Stone by Family Stone saxophonist Pat Rizzo. Newmark went on to record one album as the Family Stone's drummer, Fresh (1973) and also performed with the band for two years in live concert.

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