RIP Ted McKenna

I found out this morning after reading a post from one of Ted’s close friends and band mate, Chris Glenn, that Ted had suddenly passed away after a standard operation for a hernia. This is awfully sad news. Not only was Ted a lovely chap, but he was a sensational drummer. I havent seen Ted for a few years, but, its still a shock. I first met Ted when I was working with the Sentastional Alex Harvey Band around 1975. I shot this photo after the gig, backstage in Portsmouth’s Guildhall on the south coast of England. I dont know Ted’s family, but, my thoughts are with them right now. Not that really helps them much at this very, very sad time.. Here are some photos from happy times with Ted..

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Sensational Alex Harvey Band leaving the stage at Portsmoth Guildhall, 1975.

Sensational Alex Harvey Band leaving the stage at Portsmoth Guildhall, 1975.

Two or three years later I started working and touring with the brilliant Rory Gallagher. The band was Rory, Gerry McAvoy & Ted. Here are a couple of shots from the Rory Gallagher days. The photograph below of Ted on the drums was taken during the pre-tour rehearsals for the “Photo Finish” tour.

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The last photo here is Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna & Rory Gallagher walking throught the streets of London during rehersals just before the tour. This shot or one very similar was one of my shots used in the album “Photo Finish”.

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