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A surprise result, this, and the Style Council and Paul Weller man very nearly beat Bonham to the top spot! His massive polling of votes in both the qualifying and final poll is testament to Whitey’s popularity in the drum community.
Steve began drumming at the age of nine, and he landed the job of drummer in former Jam frontman Paul Weller’s Style Council while still in his teens. Steve soon made a mark with the chart-topping soul/pop band; his love of Art Blakey and solid pop sensibilities shining through on hits such as ‘Shout To The Top’ and ‘You’re The Best Thing’. He went on to be the Modfather’s drummer for the next 25 years, playing on Weller’s ’90s classics Wild Wood and Stanley Road. He remains a hugely respected figure on the British drum scene, and currently plays in Trio Valore, is the UK’s frontman for Mapex drums and also teaches.
Well done, Steve, for a well-deserved second placing in our Greatest British Drummer poll.