“Music teaches you a flow and a rhythm to life,…but, you must be receiving of that lesson.”
Born today looking back at the heart beat of many of music’s top songs. Gary’s body of work is true testament to the fine drummer he truly is.
Drummer Gary Mallaber was born October 11, 1946 in Buffalo, New York.
His studies in music began at the age of 6 and his post secondary studies included art and attaining a music diploma at The University of Buffalo.
His first major success came in the late ‘60’s when his Buffalo based rock-and-blues band ‘Raven’ made the move from up state down to New York City.
They caught the attention of Jimi Hendrix and while on tour in England had an offer from George Harrison to sign with Apple Records. Instead they chose a deal with Columbia and recorded the album Feelin’ Good.
They were opening for bands like Led Zeppelin, The Young Rascals, Procol Harem, The Byrds, Grand Funk Railroad, and others. During this time, Gary became enamored with the Van Morrison album Astral Weeks and sought him out in an East Village nightclub. The musical chemistry clicked and soon they began preparing for a body of work which became Moondance. Followed with Morrison efforts Tupelo Honey and St. Dominics Preview – working with Jesse Ed Davis of the Taj Mahal Quartet – and moving to LA where he met the greatest southern California writing circle consisting of Paul Williams, Ned Doheny, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and Bonnie Raitt to name just a few.