Neil Diamond’s Drummer Dennis St. John Dead

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June 6, 2012 | 2:16pm EST

Neil Diamond has paid tribute to his former drummer Dennis St. John, who lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday.
The percussionist played on over 50 gold and platinum albums, and can be heard backing the Bellamy Brothers on Let Your Love Flow, Linda Ronstadt on Desperado, and Diamond on hits like Love on the Rocks, America and Forever in Blue Jeans.
Taking to to pay his respects, Diamond writes, “Lost my old friend Dennis St. John. His drumming graces my recordings from Hot August Night to The Jazz Singer – I’ll miss him big time.”
St. John was also Diamond’s musical director throughout the 1970s.