Burleigh Drummond has been a member of the Southern California band Ambrosia since its formation – he’s one of the group’s founding members, after all.
The band picked up five Top 40 hits in the time span between 1975-1980, with songs such as Holdin’ On to Yesterday and Nice, Nice, Very Nice achieving widespread success.
Drummond took a few minutes out of his day to answer some of our most burning questions.
Enjoy the quick Q&A below.
Warm-Up Question: Tell us something about yourself/your career that’s really, really good – maybe something nobody knows.
Burleigh Drummond: Every year I feel like I’m just starting to figure out how to plays drums
Q: Describe your very first concert experience.
Burleigh Drummond: Cream at the Santa Monica Civic with Steppenwolf opening. I was the ultimate Cream fan, putting two drumsets together to look like Ginger. Steppenwolf was great, really great. I settled in waiting for Cream with my big popcorn and my large coke.
The curtain parted and a dark blue light hung on the stage as they began Tales of Brave Ulysses “You thought the Latin winter…….” And the Ginger hit that rimshot into the guitar riff and a bright white flooded the stage and I jumped up and showered the four rows in front of me with my drink and popcorn.
Q: Chances are, you’ve heard a fan yell something to you while on stage at a concert. Any particularly memorable stories of that, and what did the fan say?
Burleigh Drummond: I once had a very attractive woman yell at me that she wanted to have my baby.
I had trouble concentrating the rest of the show.
Q: What was the very first car you ever drove?
Burleigh Drummond: 1960 VW Burgundy Van with a bed in the back and tinted Church windows.
Q: What’s your favorite charity?
Burleigh Drummond: Lily of The Fields, Mopela-South Africa: Battered Women
Q: Describe the best day of your life.
Burleigh Drummond: Took me a few years to realize it but it was the day I met my wife.
Q: What song written by someone else do you wish YOU had written?
Burleigh Drummond: My Back Pages.