Tommy Eyre - Career


Eyre began piano lessons at the age of four and started playing guitar when he was in his teens . In 1968 he joined Joe Cocker's Grease Band where he played the organ on With A Little Help From My Friends. In the same year Eyre moved to London to work with The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation and later with a progressive rock band called Blue Whale, founded by drummer Aynsley Dunbar . After a short period with the band Juicy Lucy, Eyre joined the duo Mark-Almond and played on two of their albums. After that, in 1972, Eyre and bassist Roger Sutton resumed their own project Strabismus which they had started in 1969, and which was now called Riff Raff . With Riff Raff Eyre recorded three albums, one of them not being released until 2001.

Together with singer Alan Marshall from Riff Raff, Eyre joined the band ZZebra in 1974 for their first album, replacing keyboarder and singer Gus Yeadon . Eyre played on some of the tracks but is not credited on the album. With Zzebra he recorded a second album in 1975. In August 1977, Eyre became a member of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, with whom he stayed until 1979 . After that, Eyre recorded an album with John Martyn and did a promotion tour with him in 1980 . In June 1981, he joined Greg Lake for his solo project, and in 1982 became a member of Gary Moore's band.

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