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Terry Williams
Birth nameTerrence Williams
Born (1948-01-11) 11 January 1948 (age 76)
Swansea, Wales
Years active1962–2007
Formerly of

Terrence Williams (born 11 January 1948) is a Welsh rock drummer. During the 1970s and early 1980s Williams was drummer with Dave Edmunds / Rockpile and Man. Rockpile split in 1981 and Williams joined Dire Straits from 1982 until 1988. [1]

Williams was born in Swansea. During the 1960s, he played in a number of Welsh bands, including Commancheros, the Smokeless Zone, Dream and Plum Crazy, before joining Dave Edmunds' band Love Sculpture. [2] In 1970 he joined the Welsh rock group Man, which included two former Dream and Smokeless Zone members, Deke Leonard and Martin Ace.

Between 1981 and 1982, Williams was part of the Neverland Express band, backing Meat Loaf. In June 1982 Williams joined Dire Straits as the replacement for drummer Pick Withers, shortly after the release of their fourth studio album Love Over Gold. Williams played with them for the first time on the 1983 EP titled ExtendedancEPlay (featuring the hit single " Twisting by the Pool") and on the 1982–1983 Love over Gold Tour. The band's double live album Alchemy: Dire Straits Live was a recording of excerpts from the final two concerts from that tour at London's Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983, featuring Williams, and was released in March 1984. In 1983 Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler wrote and produced the music score for the film Local Hero, which also featured Williams.[ citation needed]

Williams remained with Dire Straits for the recording of their fifth studio album, 1985's Brothers in Arms, however according to a Sound on Sound magazine interview with co-producer Neil Dorfsman his drumming performance was considered to be unsuitable for the desired sound of the album during the first month of the recording sessions, and he was temporarily replaced by jazz session drummer Omar Hakim, who re-recorded the album's drum parts during a two-day stay and then left. [3] Both Hakim and Williams are credited on the album, [4] although Williams' contribution on the finished album was the song "Walk of life" and the improvised crescendo at the beginning of " Money for Nothing". According to another interview with Neil Dorsman, Williams played toms and tom fills throughout “Money for Nothing”, while Omar Hakim played drums on all the remaining tracks on the album, [5] although Williams featured in the music videos for all the hit singles. Williams was back in Dire Straits as a full time member for the hugely successful 1985–1986 Brothers in Arms world tour that followed. [4] [6]

After a hiatus of almost two years, Dire Straits regrouped with Eric Clapton to perform at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert staged on 11 June 1988 at Wembley Stadium, in which they were the headline act. This was one of the final concerts in which Williams played with Dire Straits. In September 1988 Mark Knopfler announced the official disbanding of Dire Straits and Williams then left the band. [7] The compilation album Money for Nothing was released in October 1988 and featured selections from Williams’ 1982-85 tenure with the band. Dire Straits did a charity concert in Newcastle in 1989 with Terry on drums. This was his last concert ever with the band. Dire Straits regrouped in 1990 and again in 1991 without Williams as drummer.

In 1988, Williams played drums on albums by Graham Parker and Nick Lowe. [8]


With Billy Bremner
  • Bash! (1984)
With Carlene Carter
With Cliff Richard
  • Rock Connection (1984)
With Dave Edmunds / Rockpile
With Deke Leonard
  • Iceberg (1973)
  • Kamikaze (1974)
  • Before Your Very Eyes (1981)
With Dion
  • Yo Frankie (1989)
With Dire Straits
With Graham Parker
  • The Mona Lisa's Sister (1988)
  • Passion Is No Ordinary Word (1993) 1976-1991 era compilation
  • No Holding Back (1996) compilation
  • Ultimate Collection (2001) compilation
With John Illsley
  • Never Told a Soul (1984)
  • K. Wallis B. And The Dark Shades Of Night – Diamonds (1987)
With Man
With Mark Knopfler
With Mickey Jupp
  • Juppanese (1978)
With The Motors
  • Tenement Steps (1980)
With Nick Lowe
With Paul Brady
With The Everly Brothers
  • Phil Everly (1983)
  • EB 84 (1984)
  • Mercury Years (1993) compilation
With Tina Turner
With Tracey Ullman
With Willie and the Poor Boys ( Bill Wyman)
  • Willie and the Poor Boys (1985)
  • Poor Boy Boogie (2006) compilation

Stiffs Live (1978) Plays with: Nick Lowe's Last Chicken in the Shop, Larry Wallis' Psychedelic Rowdies and Ian Dury & the Blockheads [9]


  1. ^ "Terry Williams — Strait Foundation".
  2. ^ "Mannerisms II – Man and roots/offshoots" by Michael Mycock, published June 1995, page 108
  3. ^ CLASSIC TRACKS: Dire Straits 'Money For Nothing'.
  4. ^ a b Strong, M.C. (1998) The Great Rock Discography, p. 207.
  5. ^ "Classic Tracks: Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing"". February 1999.
  6. ^ "How Dire Straits Shattered Expectations with 'Brothers in Arms'". 13 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Dire Straits Biography: Contemporary Musicians". Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Terry Williams | Credits". AllMusic.
  9. ^ Terry Williams on Allmusic. Retrieved 18 August 2009.