Geoff Bridgford is an Australian drummer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and record producer. He joined numerous of local bands but he was widely known as the member of the Bee Gees as a session musician in 1970, and later became an official member from 1971 to 1972.
His drum work was featured on the Bee Gees' first USA number one single, "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart".
In the early 1960s, Bridgford was seen playing with the Kingpins then St. Louis Union and from 1964 to 1966 he became a member of the Nomads but in 1966 as he attended the Steve & the Board concert, he had heard that the drummer of the group which was Colin Petersen would go to England with the Bee Gees (Bridgford's future band). At the end of Steve & the Board concert Steve Kipner announced that Petersen was leaving. Steve & the Board released two singles with Bridgford such as "Now I'm Older" and "Sally Was a Good Girl" and one album Giggle Eyed Goo.
By 1967 Gary Spry had the idea to form an Australian soul rock group. He personally selected the members for the band, which should work as the Groove, that group released six singles and one album. Their last single was recorded at the Abbey Road Studios in London. In 1970 Eureka Stockade was formed consisted of Tweed Harris (keyboards), Jamie Byrne (bass), Rod Stone and Peter Williams (guitar/vocals) and Bridgford (drums/vocals). Eureka Stockade released only one single, and later after the release of the band Tin Tin's debut album the group wanted to become a real group by adding other musicians. While looking for the right people Steve Kipner found out, that Bridgford who had been the last drummer for the group Steve & the Board was living in London and that he was free to join Tin Tin, another Steve & the Board member Carl Grossman was also in London at that time as they released one single with Grossman and then Grossman himself left to start a solo career.
Also in 1970 he joined the English rock supergroup the Fut formed by Bee Gee Maurice Gibb and the group released only one single "Have You Heard the Word". From 1970 to 1972 he was a member of Tin Tin. In March 1970 he played drums on Maurice Gibb sessions for the album The Loner.
Bridgford was also an official member of the Bee Gees from March 1971 to 1972, but he started to work with the Bee Gees in 1970 but only as a session musician as Bee Gees' original drummer Colin Petersen (who was also an ex-member of Steve & the Board) left the band in August 1969 and Pentangle drummer Terry Cox replaced Petersen but was not a member just a session musician. His album with the group as a session musician including 2 Years On (1970), his only full-length appearance on a Bee Gees album when he was an official member was Trafalgar, his last song with the Bee Gees was "Paper Mache, Cabbages and Kings" but was released on the album To Whom It May Concern just before the Bee Gees' tour, Bridgford was replaced by Chris Karan. After his departure from the Bee Gees, Bridgford recorded his first solo single, "Loving Time" but was not a success and later he travelled around the world and finally he went back to his hometown in Australia. When Jim Keays were looking for a new drummer for his band as Bridgford was the member of the Jim Keays band which was from 1974 to 1975. In 1977, when Billy T. were looking for a new drummer, Joe Creighton asked Bridgford to join, the group released one album and promote it on a tour. In 1978, he was probably a member of the first line-up of the group One Foundation and released three singles, the other members of the group were Kim Field, Lindsay Field, Batty Evans and Tim Horn. When Evans and Horn were leaving One Foundation, Bridgford called his former colleagues from Billy T. band to complete the second line-up and released two singles.
In 1983, Bridgford joined the folk rock group Goanna for a tour to promote Spirit of Place which was produced by Trevor Lucas of FAIRPORT CONVENTION fame. When the album was re-released on CD it contained some live bonus tracks featuring Bridgford himself. In 1986, when Venetta Fields and Shirlee Matthews formed a group to present their gospel music, they asked Joe Creighton to select the right musicians. He asked Bridgford to join and the group played a complete season at the Troubadour in Brunswick Street in Melbourne. Also in 1986, Wayne Gillespie founded the Wayne Gillespie Band. Together they toured Australia and in 1987 the group accompanied Wayne Gillespie into a studio to record the album New Locations. When John Schumann started to record his album Etched In Blue Bridgford and Greg Lyon from the Wayne Gillespie band joined him in the studio in 1987 as did Louis McManus from the Bushwacker and Mal Logan. The recording sessions were very good and so the musicians stayed together for a few concerts. In 1988, Bridgford decided to form his own band Modern Life together with Gary Phillipson and Geoff Hassall.
Bridgford released a single "O Come All Ye Faithful" in 1999.
In 2000 he released his third solo single "Malibu Rain". In 2002, he released his first full-length LP Rock My Soul. In 2003 Bridgford joined Kalizzmo and the group released one single and album.
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