Reg Isidore born 1949 died 2009

 

Reg Isidore August 2008 as photographed by John Waters

 

It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of Reg Isidore, The Robin Trower Band’s drummer on the first two, seminal albums.

John Waters writes: “I got a call from Reg’s wife  on  Sunday morning, 22 March 2009, which just happens to be ‘Mothers’ Day’ here in the UK, to say that Reg had passed away earlier that morning after suffering a heart attack " .

This is devastating news for Reg’s family and friends. Suffice to say, the thoughts and prayers of Trower fans all over the world are with them at this moment in time.

John adds "I had the very great honour of meeting Reg for the first time last summer and struck up an immediate friendship with him and  family members including his brother and fellow musical collaborator, guitarist Gus Isidore.”

Reg was the proud father of four children, Monique, Mandy, Jason and his eldest son, Tony and grandfather to five grandchildren, Jordan, London, Preston, Jackson and Halle. He loved them all dearly.

“Reg was great company,” says John. “Very much the life and soul of the party, someone who always had a smile on his face, enjoyed telling jokes and stories. In the short of time I got to know him, he was a wonderful, kind man who had time for anyone. He will be sorely missed by his family. Indeed, they had been preparing a special party in early April to celebrate Reg’s 60th birthday.”

 

Robin Trower Twice Removed from Yesterday

Jimmy Witherspoon Love is a Five Letter Word

Robin Trower Bridge of Sighs

Pete Bardens The Answer

Trower Bruce Isidore Truce

Peter Green White Sky

Robin Trower Someday Blues

Richard Wright Wet Dream

 

Reg Isidore played drums on many fine records including four albums featuring Robin Trower. Reg was a founding member of The Robin Trower Band, joining Robin and James Dewar after having been recommended by Zoot Money. His distinctive drum sound features on the albums ‘Twice Removed From Yesterday’ and ‘Bridge of Sighs’.

Reg joined forces with Robin eight years later to record ‘Truce’ with Jack Bruce. Most recently, Reg reunited with Robin for the ‘Someday Blues’ sessions in 1997, recordings which were subsequently reissued, in part, on 'Another Days Blues'. Reg’s musical career started with the 1960's soul scene and included  stints with The High Tensions, The Rick ' n' Beckers, Peter Green and the late great Richard Wright. 

 

Reg in action last summer in Chislehurst performing with his brother Gus and bassist Andrew Heart

 

Photographs of Reg Isidore by John Waters.

Check out John’s review of the Isidore Brothers gig on 5 July 2008 at Zoom @ the Moon, Half Moon, Herne Hill.

 

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