Basic Background Info

Birth: February 9, 1940
Location: Palmers Green, North London, England
Band: The Shadows
Genres: Rock
Instruments: Drums, Piano
Occupation: Musician, Composer, Producer



After finishing school, sixteen-year-old British drummer Brian Laurence Bennett played with a skiffle group. Brian Bennett returned to London and became a regular drummer at renowned coffee bar 2i's and on television's Oh Boy. In that late 1950s, Brian Bennett played with Marty Wilde's Wildcats, the Krew Kats, and Tommy Steele.

In 1961, Brian Bennett replaced drummer Tony Meehan in Cliff Richard and The Shadows. Throughout many personnel changes, Brian Bennett performed with The Shadows for more than forty years. After playing with The Shadows for ten years, Brian Bennett became Richard's musical director. At that time he also created the world-touring Brian Bennett Orchestra. 

In the 1970s, Brian Bennett added composer and arranger to his credits. Brian Bennett quickly found a niche composing soundtracks for film and television. Brian Bennett wrote music for Dallas, Knotts Landing, Pulaski, The Royal Wedding, BBC Golf, The Sweeney, The American Way, and Terminal Choice, among countless others. Later, Brian Bennett composed music for The Knock, Nomads of the Wind, Global Sunrise, The Harpist, David Jason in his Element, Living Britain, and Dirty Work.

In 2001, the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters Society awarded Brian Bennett with their Gold Badge Award. Brian Bennett also received the Royal Television Society Craft & Design Award for Best Original Title Music for Murder in Mind that year.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1968 Change of Direction Brian Bennett
1968 Dr. Doolittle Marty Wilde
1969 Hank Marvin Hank Marvin
1969 Illustrated London Noise Brian Bennett
1970 About That Man Cliff Richard
1970 Jesus Christ Superstar Original Cast Recording
1971 Olivia Newton John Olivia Newton-John
1973 Let Me Be There Olivia Newton-John
1973 Moody The Gentle Rain
1974 We May Be Cattle But We've All Got Names Michael D'albuquerque
1975 Clearly Love Olivia Newton-John
1975 Modern Times Al Stewart
1975 Remember My Song Labi Siffre
1976 Come on Over Olivia Newton-John
1976 Wheelin' N Dealin' Sassafrass
1977 Chris Spedding Chris Spedding
1977 Down to Earth Sutherland Brothers
1977 Every Face Tells a Story Cliff Richard
1977 Guitar Syndicate Hank Marvin
1977 Lines The Walker Brothers
1977 Rock Dreams Brian Bennett
1978 Green Light Cliff Richard
1978 Voyage Brian Bennett
1984 Ready! Spedding! Go! Chris Spedding
1988 Guitar Speak, Vol 2 Various Artists
1990 Knebworth: The Album Various Artists
1990 Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Vol. 2 Brian Bennett
1991 Second Opinion...Plus Marvin, Welch & Farrar
1992 Kaleidoscope Mario Stantchev
1992 Shadow Music/Shades of Rock The Shadows
1992 So in Love Craig Fraedrich
1994 48 Original Tracks Olivia Newton-John
1994 Nomads of the Wind Original Soundtrack
1994 Pushing the Norton Various Artists
1994 Would You Believe It...Plus Hank Marvin
1995 One Step Ahead Brian Bennett's Heat Exchange
1995 Parlance Steve Swallow & John Taylor
1995 Senses: 20 Contemporary Moods & Themes Various Artists
1996 A to Z of British TV Themes, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1996 At the Movies Cliff Richard
1996 Blue Juice Various Artists
1996 Sound Gallery, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1997 Annees Barclay Dalida
1997 Global Sunrise: Around the World in 80 Minutes Original Soundtrack
1997 Harpist Original Soundtrack
1997 Rock Dreams/Voyage Brian Bennett
1997 Vocals The Shadows
1998 Jour le Plus Long Dalida
1998 Olivia Olivia Newton-John
1998 On the Continent Cliff Richard
1998 Shadow Music The Shadows
1999 Favorite TV Themes Various Artists
1999 Matt Besey Matt Besey
2000 At Their Very Best The Shadows
2000 Modern Times Al Stewart
2000 Moonlight Shadows The Shadows
2000 Reiko Howland Ensemble
2000 Shadows at Abbey Road: The Collectors Edition The Shadows
2000 Tony Rivers Collection, Vol. 3: Harmony Soul Tony Rivers
2001 Best of Hank Marvin & the Shadows Hank Marvin
2001 Shut It!: Music From The Sweeney Various Artists
2001 Simply Shadows The Shadows
2001 Singles Collection Hank Marvin & the Shadows
2001 Songs for the Soul, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2002 Abstract Funk Theory Faze Action
2002 Cliff Richard Show: Live at the ABC Kingston 1962 Cliff Richard
2002 Every Face Tells a Story Cliff Richard
2002 Green Light Cliff Richard
2002 Magic Demis Roussos
2002 Silver Cliff Richard
2002 Summer Holiday: 40th Anniversary Edition Cliff Richard
2003 10 Years in 5 Days Howland Ensemble
2003 Definition of Love Engelbert Humperdinck
2003 Survivors Survivors
2004 Complete Singles A's & B's 1959-1980: 21 Years at the Top The Shadows
2004 Final Tour The Shadows
2004 Guitar Ballads: Over 2 Hours of Relaxing Classics Hank Marvin
2004 Life Story: The Very Best of the Shadows The Shadows
2004 Orange/Past, Present & Future/Modern Times Al Stewart
2004 Thank You Very Much Cliff Richard
2005 36 Classic Guitar Favourites Hank Marvin
2005 Aim High: Brian Bennett at KPM 1973-1976 Brian Bennett
2005 Get Moving Matilda
2005 Just Yesterday Al Stewart
2005 Returning Home Brian Licorice Locking
2005 Rose by Another Name John Carter
2005 Singles Collection: The 80's & 90's Hank Marvin & The Shadows
2006 Everything Under the Sun The Walker Brothers
2006 Fingerprints Peter Frampton
2006 Marvin Welch and Farrar/Second Opinion Marvin, Welch & Farrar
2006 Terminator Nick Ingman
2006 Two's Company: The Duets Cliff Richard
2006 Wheelin' 'N' Dealin'/Riding High Sassafras


  • In 2004, the Queen of England honored Brian as an Officer of the British Empire for his contribution to music.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Ludwig
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Ludwig

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