Ric Parnell

Drummer + Composer + Musician
Born Aug 13, 1951
Age 64

Richard "Ric" J. Parnell is an English rock drummer. Although notable for his work in the band Atomic Rooster, he probably best known for his role as the ill-fated drummer Mick Shrimpton in the film This is Spinal Tap.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ric Parnell.


1951 Birth Born on August 13, 1951.


1970 18 Years Old In 1970 he was a member of the short-lived hard rock band Horse, who recorded one album before breaking up. … Read More
1971 19 Years Old In April 1971 he formed his own progressive rock group, Matchstick Men, whose sole single was much more pop-oriented than the band's genre of choice. … Read More


1984 32 Years Old Parnell's big break came in 1984 when he auditioned for the role of Mick Shrimpton in the cult classic mockumentary This is Spinal Tap. … Read More
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