John "Rabbit" Bundrick

born on 21/11/1948 in Houston, TX, United States

John Bundrick

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John Bundrick

John Douglas "Rabbit" Bundrick (born November 21, 1948 in Houston, Texas) is an American rock keyboardist, pianist and organist. He is best known for his work with The Who and associations with others including Eric Burdon, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Roger Waters, Free and Crawler. Bundrick is noted as the principal musician for the cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the mid-1970s, he was a member of the short-lived group Mallard, formed by ex-members of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band. He is also known as a composer and has recorded solo albums. [1][2] [3]


Johnny Nash and Bob Marley

Bundrick toured and recorded with Texan vocalist Johnny Nash. Bundrick played on Nash's hit single and album "I Can See Clearly Now" (1972). He met Bob Marley while in Sweden, while working on the soundtrack to the Swedish film Vill så gärna tro. Marley, Bundrick, and Johnny Nash became roommates there during the stay. Sometime after their return to London, Bundrick was brought in to collaborate on arrangements for Marley's Catch a Fire album, adding keyboards to the original Jamaican recordings to make the record more accessible to listeners.[4] Around this time, Bundrick also worked with Chris Blackwell of Island Records, appearing on recordings by the company.

Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit;

In 1971, Bundrick recorded and wrote five tracks for the album Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit with guitarist Paul Kossoff, drummer Simon Kirke and bassist Tetsu Yamauchi.[5]


In 1972 the members of Free reformed joined by Bundrick on keyboards. They recorded Free's final album Heartbreaker, which included "Muddy Water" and "Common Mortal Man" by Bundrick, who was also credited for collaborations on two other tracks. After a brief tour period of touring Free broke up. [6]

Pete Townshend and The Who

Bundrick first worked with Pete Townshend in 1977 when he performed on Rough Mix, Townshend's solo collaboration with Ronnie Lane, former bass player for Small Faces and Faces. He was invited to play on the Who's album Who Are You (1978), but broke his arm falling out of a taxi at the studio door and was unable to participate in recording sessions. Bundrick toured with The Who from 1979 to 1981 along with drummer Kenney Jones and played on their album Face Dances (1981), then briefly parted with the band during the recording of It's Hard (1982) and the subsequent tour. Bundrick later rejoined the band performing with them at Live Aid in 1985 and has since played live with them for most of the last twenty years.

Bundrick played on the Who's single "Real Good Looking Boy" and "Old Red Wine" in 2004," and on their album Endless Wire (2006) and joined the band for The Who Tour 2006-2007, appearing in the summer and fall concerts. He missed the start of the second leg of the North American tour due to the illness of his wife Sue; keyboard technician Brian Kehew took keyboard duties. Townshend said at the time that Sue was "very close to the end, and [Rabbit] will be back with us when she's gone".


In the spring of 2008, Bundrick married Canadian Jody Ahern. On July 12, 2008, he performed at the recording of VH1 Honors The Who in Los Angeles. He then worked with English alternative folk band Small engine repair and has recently played on their track "This Whole Setup Is A Lie". In December 2009, it was announced he was working with the band Night Parade on their new album.

Selected discography

  • 1971 Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit
  • 1972 Johnny Nash  I Can See Clearly Now
  • 1972 Sandy Denny  Sandy
  • 1973 Free  Heartbreaker
  • 1973 Paul Kossoff  Backstreet Crawler
  • 1973 John Martyn  Solid Air
  • 1973 Bundrick  Broken Arrows
  • 1974 Bundrick  Dark Saloon
  • 1974 Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico, Eno  June 1, 1974
  • 1974 Bryn Haworth  Let The Days Go By
  • 1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • 1975 Jim Capaldi  Short Cut Draw Blood
  • 1977 Joan Armatrading  Show Some Emotion
  • 1977 Eric Burdon  Survivor
  • 1977 Townshend & Lane  Rough Mix
  • 1979 The Only Ones  Special View
  • 1981 The Who  Face Dances
  • 1985 Deep End  Deep End Live!
  • 1988 Bundrick  Dream Jungle
  • 1992 Roger Waters  Amused to Death
  • 1998 Fairport Convention  Cropredy 98
  • 2004 Andy Fairweather Low  Wide-Eyed and Legless
  • 2006 The Who  Endless Wire
  • 2007 Mick Jagger  The Very Best of Mick Jagger (Deluxe Edition)


  1. John (Rabbit) Bundrick. Retrieved on January 28, 2012.
  2. Artists Using TableEdit: John Bundrick. Retrieved on January 28, 2012.
  3. ASCAP List of songs composed by John Douglas Bundrick. ASCAP. Retrieved on January 28, 2012.
  4. Interview with John Rabbit Bundrick. Bob Marley Magazine. Retrieved on January 28, 2012.
  5. Kossoff, Kirke, Testsu and Rabbit Album Review. Retrieved on January 28, 2012.
  6. Simon Kirke and John "Rabbit" Bundrick On "Heavy Load". Mambo Sons. Retrieved on January 28, 2012.

External links

The Who
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Kenny Jones - John "Rabbit" Bundrick - Pino Palladino - Zak Starkey - Simon Townshend - Jon Carin - Simon Phillips - Doug Sandom - Colin Dawson
Discography - Filmography
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