Topper Headon, drummer
The Clash
birth name: Nicholas Bowen Headon

Topper Headon

May 30, 1955, Bromley, England

Drummer Topper Headon wasn't an original member of the Clash, but it was his arrival that helped push them to the next musical level, as he quickly became an integral part of the group. ~ Allmusic: Topper Headon ~ retrieved June 22, 2013 © Allmusic

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May 30, 1970 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (7) The Moments, Love On A Two Way Street ~ #2 (1) The Guess Who, American Woman/No Sugar Tonight ~ #1 (4) Ray Stevens, Everything Is Beautiful


Topper Headon ~ Ranked #7 Stylus 50 Greatest Rock Drummers in 2007 ~ Headon’s legacy isn’t as clear as most due to the fact that the Clash used Terry Chimes (no slouch himself) before and after his tenure, but his chemistry with the other three was far superior and he could switch from outright punk sprints to funk, reggae and jazzier forms without blinking. ~ 2007 © Stylus

The Clash

The Clash's politicised lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock, alternative rock in particular. They became widely referred to as “The Only Band That Matters,” originally a promotional slogan introduced by the group's record label, CBS. ~ Wikipedia: the Clash ~ retrieved August 20, 2013 © Wikipedia

The Clash ~ Ranked #28 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “The Clash, more than any other group, kick-started a thousand garage bands across Ireland and the U.K. For U2 and other people of our generation, seeing them perform was a life-changing experience. There's really no other way to describe it.” ~ The Edge, U2 ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

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