Gilson Lavis

Gilson Lavis (/ˈɡɪlsən ˈlvɪs/ GHIL-sən LAY-vis, born David Leslie Gilson Lavis, 27 June 1951, Bedford, England) is an English drummer and portrait artist. He gained fame as the drummer with band Squeeze in the 1970s. Lavis is currently the drummer with his ex-bandmate Jools Holland's band Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

Gilson Lavis
Birth nameDavid Leslie Gilson Lavis
Born (1951-06-27) 27 June 1951
GenresNew wave, power pop
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsDrums
Associated actsSqueeze, Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Before joining Squeeze, he had already built up a substantial amount of experience, having toured with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dolly Parton. He was working in a brickyard when he noticed the advertisement in Melody Maker for Squeeze.[1]

Lavis now tours around the United Kingdom with Jools Holland, his long-term musical partner.

Lavis is also a portrait artist having had several exhibitions in London and the home counties. He has painted numerous musicians including Lily Allen, Paloma Faith, Lulu and Smokey Robinson.[2]

References

  1. "Gilson: A Speckled Career". Squeezefan.com. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  2. "Gilson Lavis". Instagram.com. Retrieved 24 June 2014.


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