Lloyd Ryan

Lloyd Ryan is English drummer and educator. He has been described as "a specialist in the big band style of drumming".[1] He was also a support act to Buddy Rich at the Lewisham Jazz Festival in 1986.[2]

Lloyd Ryan
BornLondon, United Kingdom
Years active1960–present


Ryan is best known for his work as a session musician and for having taught Phil Collins, one of the world's most famous drummers and best-selling music artists.[3] Collins has credited Ryan with teaching him the basic drum rudiments.[4]

Active since the 1960s,[5] he has worked with Tony Christie,[3] Matt Monro,[3] Brotherhood of Man,[3] The New Seekers,[3] Tommy Cooper,[3] Bobby Davro,[3] Gene Vincent[5] and P.J. Proby.[5] Ryan has also led his own big band since the 1980s and released his first big band album in 2012.[6][7]

In addition to Collins, other students who have become successful professional drummers include John Coghlan,[3] Keef Hartley,[3] Derrick McKenzie of Jamiroquai,[3] Nick Simms of Cornershop,[3] Graham Broad[1] Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets, and Ralph Salmins.[1]

In British professional wrestling, Ryan is also well known as having been the manager and spokesman of masked heel Kendo Nagasaki. He appeared in this capacity intermittently for All Star Wrestling and LDN Wrestling from 1990 (when he replaced the recently deceased "Gorgeous" George Gillette) until 2007 when he and Nagasaki (kayfabe) fell out.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "The Lloyd Ryan Big Band, Drivin' Force (LR012)". LYTE Records. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Dream Cymbals signs Lloyd Ryan". Music Instrument News. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Collins' drum teacher wows the crowds". This is Wiltshire.co.uk. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  4. ^ Alexander, Susan. "Phil Collins On the Move". Modern Drummer. March 1979.
  5. ^ a b c "'A View From the Rear', Record Collector". Recordcollectormag.com. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  6. ^ "'Lloyd Ryan Big Band: Drivin Force (2012)', All About Jazz". Allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  7. ^ "'March to the beat of the bands', Jazz FM". Jazzfm.com. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Welcome to". Kendonagasaki.org. 20 September 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2017.

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