History - Eddie Ryan

One character who was very much a central figure in the English Rogers story and was kind enough to help in the compilation of the following was Eddie Ryan.

Eddie served his apprenticeship with B&H/Ajax in their Edgware factory until 1961 when he moved on to making English Rogers drums. He then moved to the Boosey and Hawkes retail shop in Denman Street, Piccadilly where he worked along with other craftsmen doing on the spot repairs, mainly for musicians working in the theatres and clubs in the West End of London. In those days, most theatres employed over twenty musicians. When B&H ceased drum production in 1970, Eddie opened his own store and workshop in London. In 1987 he moved his workshop to Hornchuch in Essex where he still makes repairs and refinishes drums today.

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Martin Black
Eddie in his workshop with a re-wrapped English Rogers bass drum
 
The players that Eddie has worked for read like a Who’s Who of drumming: Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson and Phil Collins, being just a few. Eddie met Buddy when he came to the UK in the 60s for a concert tour, and there was some talk of Eddie making him an English Rogers kit, but sadly this never came to fruition. Eddie has been kind enough to look over some of the information on this site and comment accordingly.