Drummer who influenced Led Zep's John Bonham dies at 89
Artist biography Barry "Frosty" Smith
Barry "Frosty" Smith is a funk clock, in the pocket and ball in socket. His musical credentials are too numerous to list in full, but at least include Papa Mali & The Instagators, Lee Michaels, Sly And the Family Stone ('Riot Goin On'), Dr. John, Soulhat, Sweathog, Parliament/Funkadelic ('Let's Take It To The Stage'), Rare Earth, Steve Miller Blues Band plus various Motown releases.
Barry Smith began in San Francisco as a young boy when he studied tap dancing. In his teens, he got his start drumming in R&B show bands and the topless clubs of North Beach playing for snake dancers and the likes of "Topless Twiggy".
When the counterculture descended upon the Bay Area in the mid 60s, Frosty grew disenchanted and moved to Los Angeles, where his association with organist Lee Michaels began.
Legend has it that Michael Lee and Frosty toured Europe and Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham caught every one of their London dates and was blown away by Frosty's routine of playing the skins with his bare hands... some time later, the technique would become a signature of Led Zeppelin's live shows, in particular during Moby Dick.