5 Drummerszone artists - Clem Burke

Clem Burke
* November 24, 1955
United States
Clem Burke (born as Clement Anthony Bozewski in 1955) is probably best known as drummer for the band Blondie.

In 1974 at age eighteen, Clem Burke formed the group Blondie with Chris Stein and Deborah Harry. Clem played drums exclusively on all Blondie recordings which include "Call Me", "The Tide is High", "Heart of Glass" and "Rapture". Each of these songs attained number one status worldwide on the Billboard singles chart.

In addition to Blondie, Clem has recorded and performed with Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Joan Jett, Johnny Thunders, Kiki Dee, Ramones, Robert Fripp, Dramarama, The Romantics, Iggy Pop, and Brian Wilson. With the Eurythmics Clem played on three worldwide tours and three albums including "Revenge" which features the Grammy Award winning Best Rock song "Missionary Man".

Other recent projects include a full length CD with "Take That" vocalist Mark Owen. The record entitled "Green Man" has yielded two Top 5 UK singles over the last year. Clem also performed on the release by H (Steve Hogarth) entitled "Ice Cream Genius". And of course, Blondie's latest album!

Burke's dedication and enthusiasm has not deminished at all. Debbie Harry (Blondie) put it this way:
"Ever since I've known him, Clem has been dedicated to rock 'n' roll and being a pop star and musician. That's really all he ever wanted to be. It's his dream. He's worked for it, and now he's done it."

(Source: Modern Drummer, June 1999)