Michael William "Mick" Gallagher is a British Hammond organ player and best known as a member of Ian Dury and the Blockheads and for his contributions to albums by the Clash. He has also written music for films such as "Extremes"(1971) and "After Midnight" (1990), also the "Broadway play Serious Money"(1987).
Mick Gallagher started his musical career with The Unknowns. He played with the Animals during 1965, replacing their founding member Alan Price. He moved on to form The Chosen Few, where he played alongside Alan Hull, who later formed Lindisfarne. Other associations include Skip Bifferty, Peter Frampton's Camel and Cochise.
Under the management of Andrew King and Peter Jenner, the original managers of Pink Floyd, Ian Dury and the Blockheads quickly gained a reputation as one of the top live acts of new wave music. His Hammond sound was a major contribution to them.
He played on two of the most influential Clash albums, "London Calling" (1979) and "Sandinista!" (1980), and made live appearances with the band, also playing on their last album "Cut the Crap" (1985), for which he never received a credit.
Gallagher worked with the Clash's drummer Topper Headon again in a short-lived band called Samurai, and again when they recorded "Headon's Waking Up" (1986), appearing with Bobby Tench and Jimmy Helms. Samurai guitarist Henry Padovani briefly described Gallagher in his memoir: "He had a family, was the serious one of the group, never snorted anycoke and managed to somehow control Topper [Headon] a little. Playing with this talented musician was a pleasure." Gallagher has also performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Robbie Williams, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox. More recently he returned to perform with The Blockheads and John Steel's The Animals and Friends.
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