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Mark Craney (August 26, 1952 – November 26, 2005) was an American rock and jazz drummer. He played with the band Jethro Tull from June 1980 to May 1981.

Mark Craney
Born(1952-08-26)August 26, 1952
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedNovember 26, 2005(2005-11-26) (aged 53)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
GenresRock, jazz
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Craney grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.[1] His father had played the drums and was a big influence on his musical career. Craney initially played with local bands, beginning with the "Vandals" and later, while living in Vermillion, South Dakota, he played with "Zero Ted".

He also played on Tommy Bolin's last tour in 1976, Gino Vannelli's album Brother to Brother, released in 1978 and the following tour, and with Jean-Luc Ponty on the famous Imaginary Voyage in 1976 as well as the 1980 album Civilized Evil.[2] Craney also appeared on several tracks from Ph.D. In the mid-1990s he was the drummer for Eric Burdon's I band.

Craney died of complications from diabetes and pneumonia in Sherman Oaks, California, at the age of 53.


  1. ^ Melone, Steve. "A Tale of Two Tull Drummers: Doane Perry and Mark Craney". Modern Drummer. ISSN 0194-4533. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Flans, Robyn. "Mark Craney—Pursuing His Art". Modern Drummer. ISSN 0194-4533. Retrieved February 11, 2018.

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