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Aynsley Dunbar

Background information
Birth name Aynsley Thomas Dunbar
Born 10 January 1946 (1946-01-10) (age 64)
Liverpool, England
Genres Jazz, blues, jazz fusion, hard rock, progressive rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums
Years active 1961 - Present
Associated acts David Bowie, Frank Zappa, UFO, Whitesnake, Journey, Jefferson Starship, Lou Reed, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Sammy Hagar, Jake E. Lee, Jeff Beck, Black Sabbath

Aynsley Thomas Dunbar (born 10 January 1946, in Liverpool, England) is an English drummer. He has worked with some of the top names in rock and roll, including John Mayall, Frank Zappa, Ian Hunter, Lou Reed, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, UFO, and Journey.



He was almost the drummer for The Jimi Hendrix Experience when in an audition Hendrix was unable to decide between Dunbar and Mitch Mitchell - the latter won Hendrix's coin flip.

Dunbar led the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation which issued a number of albums. Dunbar co-wrote "Warning," recorded by Black Sabbath on their first album. The Dunbar version was recorded in 1967 for his solo release The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation.

Subsequently, Dunbar founded a short-lived progressive rock band called Blue Whale, which debuted with a tour of Scandinavia in January 1970. Following the recent collapse of the original lineup of King Crimson, Dunbar unsuccessfully tried to recruit Robert Fripp as Blue Whale's guitarist. Fripp, in turn, unsuccessfully tried to recruit Dunbar as King Crimson's new drummer.

Dunbar was later the drummer for Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, featuring on albums such as Waka/Jawaka, and The Grand Wazoo, as well as the film 200 Motels. In 1974 he played on the soundtrack for "Dirty Duck", a Chuck Swenson adult animated movie. In the mid 1970s, Dunbar joined Journey for their first four albums; he left and joined Jefferson Starship for three albums. In 1985, Dunbar joined Whitesnake, and drummed on their 1987 album, Whitesnake. He also spent some time working with Eric Burdon and The Animals.

More recently, in 2005, he drummed on Jake E. Lee's solo Retraced album.

He has been the drummer for the World Classic Rockers since 2003.

Currently, Dunbar is recording a new album of material for Direct Music with Mickey Thomas of Starship, and musicians such as Jake E. Lee, former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne.



With Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation

  • The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation (1968)
  • Doctor Dunbar's Prescription (1969)
  • To Mum, From Aynsley & The Boys (1969)
  • Remains To Be Heard (1970)

With Blue Whale

  • Blue Whale (1971)

With John Mayall & Bluesbreakers

  • A Hard Road (1967)
  • Looking Back (1969)
  • So Many Roads (1969)
  • Thru The Years (1971)

With Frank Zappa

With David Bowie

With Lou Reed

With Mick Ronson

With Ian Hunter

With Journey

With Sammy Hagar

With Jefferson Starship

With Whitesnake

With UFO

With Jake E. Lee

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Preceded by
Prairie Prince
Journey drummer
1974 – 1978
Succeeded by
Steve Smith


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