Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford



William Scott “Bill” Bruford (born 17 May 1949) is an English drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, and record label owner. He is best known for his work as a founding member of the progressive rock band Yes and the rock band King Crimson.

Bruford was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, England. He began his musical career playing in a school jazz band, but quickly developed an interest in modern jazz and progressive rock. After studying at the Guildhall School of Music, he joined the band Yes in 1968 and played on their first three albums. He then moved on to King Crimson in 1972, where he stayed for five years. Throughout his career, Bruford has played with a variety of other bands and artists, including Genesis, U.K., Gong, and National Health.

Bruford is known for his innovative playing style and his use of electronic drums. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of progressive rock drumming and is widely regarded as one of the most influential and innovative drummers of all time. He has also been an influential teacher and mentor to many drummers, including Steve Smith, Gavin Harrison, and Virgil Donati.

In addition to his work as a musician, Bruford has also established himself as a successful record producer. He has produced albums for many artists, including singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega and jazz musicians John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham. He has also been involved in the production of several instructional books and DVDs.

Bruford has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Classic Rock Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Throughout his long and distinguished career, Bruford has consistently pushed the boundaries of what is possible on the drumset. He has inspired generations of drummers with his creative and innovative approach to playing. He remains an active and in-demand musician and a respected figure in the music industry.


May 17, 1949

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