Chatting with Londoner Graham Lear drummer for Santana, Gino Vanelli and REO Speedwagon!

Published On April 4, 2017 | By Kate Wright | Middays

The Jack Richardson London Music awards is taking over London this week, with so many great events and performances. We are honoured to have Londoner Graham Lear join us, who was raised right here in London, Ontario. He was also the JRLMA Lifetime Achievement recipient 2010 and is a world class drummer. Graham has recorded and performed with Gino Vannelli, Santana, Reo Speedwagon and Paul Anka.

Check out his work with Santana!

We had a chance to chat with Graham about his appearance this week and his experiences working with Santana and REO Speedwagon!

Graham Lear’s Bio:

Graham Lear is best known for his time with Gino Vannelli, Santana and REO Speedwagon. Graham went to Prince Charles Public School and Clarke Road High School in London. He began his professional career at the age of 13 with the London (Ontario) Symphony Orchestra. During his teenage years he practiced, played and toured with several bands in Canada and the United States. Gino Vannelli was the first major recording artist to recognize Graham’s talents and he recorded with Gino on some of his most important work. He has toured and/or recorded worldwide with Carlos Santana, Paul Anka, REO Speedwagon and Saga. He has also worked with T.V./ Film composers Henry Mancini, Domenic Troiano, Jimmy Dale, David Foster, and recorded jingles for Nike, Molson and Avia

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