Ray Arnott

Raymond "Big Daddy" Walter Arnott[1] is an Australian rock drummer, singer-songwriter, he was a member of Spectrum (1970–1973), which had a number one hit with "I'll Be Gone" (recorded before Arnott joined) in January 1971.[2][3][4] He also had short stints with The Dingoes in the 1970s and Cold Chisel in 1980s.[2][3]

Ray Arnott
Birth nameRaymond Walter Arnott
GenresRock and roll, progressive rock
Occupation(s)Drummer, songwriter, singer, music teacher
InstrumentsDrums, vocals
Years active1964—present
LabelsSparmac, Wizard, Sony/BMG, Liberation, Albert/EMI
Associated actsSouth Town Mods, The Chelsea Set, Cam-Pact, Company Caine, Spectrum, Mighty Kong, The Dingoes, Ray Arnott Band/Ray Arnott and the Rude Dudes, Flash and the Pan, Cheetah, Cold Chisel, Jimmy Barnes Band, Ray Arnott Group (R.A.G.)


In late 1970 he replaced original drummer Mark Kennedy in the renowned Australian progressive rock group Spectrum and he remained with them until they split in early 1973. He sang backing and lead vocals with the band, as well as drumming, and he contributed several songs to their repertoire.

Arnott left Spectrum to join Mighty Kong, a new band formed by ex-Daddy Cool members Ross Wilson and Ross Hannaford, but the new group was very short-lived and broke up soon after recording its only LP in late 1973.

Arnott took over the drum stool from the original drummer in two of the most prominent Australian groups of the period, The Dingoes in the late 1970s and Cold Chisel in 1983, but in both cases his tenure was relatively short.

Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes took on Arnott for his first two solo releases, the Bodyswerve album in 1984 and For the Working Class Man album in 1985.

Arnott now lives and works on the NSW North Coast of Australia as a Teaching Assistant at Lismore Heights Public School and occasional band member.

In July 2015 Ray was interviewed by The Australian Rock Show http://australianrockshow.libsyn.com/episode-30-ray-arnott-interview


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  • Spencer, Chris; Nowara, Zbig; McHenry, Paul (2002) [1987]. The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Notes by Ed Nimmervoll. Noble Park, Vic.: Five Mile Press. ISBN 1-86503-891-1.[5] Note: [on-line] version established at White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd in 2007 and was expanded from the 2002 edition.
  1. ""Some Feelings" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  2. McFarlane (1999). Encyclopedia entry for 'Spectrum'. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  3. Spencer et al, (2007) Arnott, Ray entry. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  4. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  5. "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
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