Ronnie Verrell

Ronnie Verrell

Born Feb 21, 1926

Ronald 'Ronnie' Thomas Verrell was an English jazz drummer. He played in two of the United Kingdom's "most famous" big bands, The Ted Heath Orchestra and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Verrell also worked extensively in television, including as a drummer in Jack Parnell's ATV Orchestra and Sunday Night at the London Palladium. He also provided the drumming for The Muppet Show's Animal, and was a "Skinnerett" on The Frank Skinner Show.… Read More

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1926 Birth Ronnie Verrell was born on 21 February 1926 in Rochester, Kent in England.


1938 12 Years Old Initially he showed little interest in music until he saw The Benny Goodman Quartet perform in a film, Hollywood Hotel in 1938. … Read More
1940 14 Years Old In 1940, after the outbreak of World War II, the 14-year-old Verrel was evacuated to Porthcawl in South Wales, where he made his first public appearances drumming with local bands in the area.
1943 17 Years Old He returned to Kent in 1943 and worked professionally for a while with the Claude Giddins band, before being conscripted to work as a Bevin Boy in the coal mines for the remainder of the war. … Read More


1947 21 Years Old Then between 1947 and 1951 he played with several big bands, including those led by Carl Barriteau and Cyril Stapleton.
1951 25 Years Old In September 1951 Verrell joined The Ted Heath Orchestra and remained with the band until Heath’s retirement in 1964. … Read More


1980 54 Years Old In 1980 Verrell joined Syd Lawrence's band and stayed with them for almost 20 years. … Read More


2000 74 Years Old In 2000 Verrell toured with an all-star band, Best of British, where his drum solos earned him standing ovations.
2001 75 Years Old 1 More Event
His final appearance was on The Frank Skinner Show in 2001.
2002 76 Years Old Verrell died on 22 February 2002 in Kingston-upon-Thames in England, one day after his 76th birthday.
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