Garry continues, “the story I was told was that during the three years in the 1970s when Kenny worked with Tony Bennett in the USA he became friendly with Jake Hanna. At that time Kenny was still playing his White Marine Pearl WFL Super Classic set, which I also have.
“Jake Hanna was a Slingerland endorsee and told Ken that he should be playing Slingerland and that Jake would arrange it for him. In due course Slingerland provided Kenny with a complete kit - bass drum, rack and floor toms and a wooden shell snare, all in plain black.
“Ken nearly always used metal snares and asked for one, hence this drum. All five drums had a special badge attached with Kenny’s signature. The kit turned up at the NDF four years ago, but I can’t remember who had it.
“I got the drum and case around 1990. I played it a few times, but when I found that it didn’t make me play like Kenny Clare I went back to my old Ludwig 400. I still couldn’t play like Ken - who could? I then put it away for safe keeping.”