Stuart Elliott



Stuart Elliott was born in London on May 22, 1953.

It's no surprise that Stuart would take an interest in music. His father was a drummer, and he'd made his mark playing in big bands. "My dad always had drums around. He used to set up the drums in the living room and practice and I'd be in there with him bashing on a pot. I had suitcases, and pot and pans, and an old set of congas. From the age of three I was interested in what he was doing."

Early in his career, Stuart was a member of Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel; playing on albums for them from 1974-78. Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel charted five albums in the UK including "The Best Years of Our Lives" and "The Psychomodo"; both of which hit the Top Ten.

In 1976, Stuart began doing session work, playing drums on Al Stewart’s "Year of the Cat". In 1978, Stuart did his first sessions with Kate Bush ("Lionheart") and The Alan Parsons Project ("Pyramid"). He clicked with all three of these artists, and appeared on more of their albums as the years rolled by. In the case of The Alan Parsons Project he played on every album from 1978 to "Gaudi" in 1987.

Throughout the eighties and nineties, Stuart did sessions for a wide range of artists, including: Sally Oldfield, Justin Hayward, Chris Rea, Kenny Rogers, and Roger Daltrey.

In 1984, Stuart was a member of Keats for their one album, and in 1985 appeared on the "Ladyhawke" soundtrack, and in 1990 was on the "Freudiana" album, all of which were produced by Alan Parsons.

He's also worked with Roger Daltry, and appeared on television programs with Tina Turner and Eric Clapton, and played in concert with Stuart.

When the end of The Alan Parsons Project came, Stuart was one of the key players who stayed with Alan to re-build and to make a new band. Starting with "Try Anything Once" in 1993, his creative input began to shine through. First came his writing abilities on the tracks "Mr Time" (w/Jacqui Copland / Driscoll).

When the live album launched in America, Stuart contributed more than just his pen and drums on "Take The Money And Run" (written with Andrew Powell), as this time he also did the vocals. While Stuart had never done lead vocals on a track before, Alan was so impressed by the demo, that he had Stuart lay down the vocal track.

Stuart continued with writing contributions on the 1996 "On Air" album, with the tracks, "Too Close To The Sun", "Fall Free", "One Day To Fly" and the very popular "Apollo". In 1999, he wrote and played on "The Time Machine" album, and throughout the nineties was a permanent member of the Alan Parsons Live Project.

In the mid to late nineites, Stuart also did live work with Sting, Simple Minds, Paul Young, Alice Cooper, Jon Anderson of Yes, Coolio and Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet.

Following the break-up of the Alan Parsons band, Stuart began to branch out on many fronts. He has successfully entered the world of library music. He has also joined forces with friends from the past: helping with Kate Bush’s next album, and performing live with Steve Harley.

For more about Stuart Elliott, see Issue Eight and Nine of The Avenue.


Selected Discography

  Work With Other Artists  
1974 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Human Menagerie Drums, Percussion
1975 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Psychomodo Drums
1976 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Timeless Flight Drums
1976 Al Stewart Year of the Cat Percussion, Drums, Vocals (bckgr)
1977 David Byron Baby Faced Killer Drums
1977 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Face to Face Drums
1978 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Hobo With a Grin Drums
1978 Charlie Ainley Bang Your Door Percussion, Drums
1978 Kate Bush Kick Inside Drums
1978 Kate Bush Lionheart Percussion, Drums
1978 The Alan Parsons Project Pyramid Percussion, Drums
1978 Cherry Vanilla Bad Girl Drums
1978 John Williams Travelling Drums
1978 Al Stewart Time Passages Drums
1979 Lenny Zakatek Lenny Zakatek Percussion, Drums
1979 Cherry Vanilla Venus d'Vinyl Drums
1979 Kai Olsson Crazy Love Drums
1979 The Alan Parsons Project Eve Percussion, Drums
1979 Chris De Burgh Crusader Drums
1979 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Candidate Drums
1980 Sally Oldfield Celebration Drums
1980 The Alan Parsons Project The Turn of a Friendly Card Percussion, Drums
1980 Justin Hayward Night Flight Drums
1980 Kate Bush Never for Ever Drums, Bodhran
1981 Ali Thompson Deception Is an Art Drums
1982 Chris Rea Chris Rea Drums
1982 The Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky Percussion, Drums
1982 Kate Bush Dreaming Percussion, Drums, Stick
1982 The Dukes Dukes Drums
1983 Exile Exile Drums
1984 Keats Keats Strings, Drums, Tambourine, Triangle, Xylophone, Cowbell, Guiro, Wood Block, Wind Chimes
1984 Paul McCartney Give My Regards to Broad Street Drums
1984 The Alan Parsons Project Ammonia Avenue Percussion, Drums
1985 Kate Bush Hounds of Love Drums
1985 The Alan Parsons Project Vulture Culture Percussion, Drums
1985 Original Soundtrack Ladyhawke Percussion, Drums
1985 Kenny Rogers Heart of the Matter Drums
1986 Zeno Zeno Percussion, Drums
1986 The Alan Parsons Project Stereotomy Percussion, Drums
1987 The Alan Parsons Project Gaudi Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
1989 Kate Bush Sensual World Drums
1989 Deacon Blue When the World Knows Your Name Bodhran
1990 Various / APP Freudiana Percussion, Drums
1993 Jack Bruce Somethin' Els Drums
1993 Kate Bush Red Shoes Percussion, Drums
1993 Kate Bush Eat the Music Percussion, Drums
1993 Alan Parsons Try Anything Once Synthesizer, Drums
1995 Alan Parsons Very Best Live Drums
1996 Alan Parsons On Air Bongos, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Drum Programming
1996 Russ Ballard Russ Ballard/The Fire Still Burns Drums
1996 Roger Daltrey McVicar Drums
1998 Sarah Brightman As I Came of Age Drums
1998 Elaine Paige Queen Album Drums
1999 Alan Parsons The Time Machine Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Drum Programming, Vocals (bckgr)

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