Endorser - Ronnie Stephenson

Ronnie Stephenson (born 26 January 1937 in Sunderland – died 8 August 2002) was an English jazz drummer, and appeared as an Endorser in the 1964/65 and 1967/68 catalogues.

Stephenson was one of the most in-demand drummers on the British jazz scene in the 1960s. He had a close association with Ronnie Scott and the Club, spending two years in Ronnie Scott's Quartet, and accompanied many visiting stars.
He toured Germany with Tom Jones in 1969 and he performed or recorded with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Zoot Sims, Quincy Jones, Johnny Griffin,  Barney Kessel, Benny Goodman, Nelson Riddle, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé,  Stan Trcey, Ted Heath, , Jack Parnell, John Dankworth, Tubby Hayes, Cleo Laine, Kenny Clarke, among many others.
In addition to his many jazz connections, he also played with pop stars such as Tom Jones, Matt Monro, Tony Bennett, Engelbert Humperdinck, Cilla Black and Shirley Bassey.
He also played on the Bond themes Diamonds Are Forever and You Only Live Twice and on other film scores including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.