Drummer Bev Bevan's music career began with 'Denny Laine And The Diplomats' in their hometown of Birmingham, England in 1963. In spite of opening shows for various artists such as 'The Beatles', 'The Rolling Stones' and 'Stevie Wonder' and being signed to 'EMI Records' the group folded shortly after Denny left to form 'The Moody Blues'. In 1965 Bev joined 'Carl Wayne and the vikings', touring the U.K. and Germany’s club circuits.
The following year Bev became a co-founder of 'The Move', and over the next 6 years enjoyed huge success in Great Britain and Europe. 'The Move' also built a reputation as one of the most respected and controvertial bands of the sixties, even being sued by the then Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. They often performed with the likes of 'Cream', 'The Who', 'The Rolling Stones', 'Joe Cocker', 'The Kinks' and 'The Byrds', and in 1968 toured the U.K. with 'Jimi Hendrix' and 'Pink floyd'.
The band notched up 10 hit singles, including chart topper 'Blackberry Way' and the first record ever to be played on the BBC's Radio One 'Flowers in the rain'.
In the early 70's Bev was co-founder of 'The Electric Light Orchestra', who went on to achieve phenomenal success, selling millions of albums and singles. ELO's tours were spectacular affairs and the legendary 'Out Of The Blue' tour, featuring an enormous spaceship is still rated as one of the best tours in the history of rock and roll.
In 1983 Bev penned 'The ELO Story', one of the most refreshing and humourous books ever written about life as a rock musician. In that same year, Bev was asked to join 'Black Sabbath' who for many define the term 'Heavy Metal'. His powerful drumming earned him new respect on the heavy rock scene. Throughout 1983 and 1984 'Black Sabbath' extensively toured the U.S.A. and Europe, including topping the bill at 'The Reading Festival' in the U.K.
In 1990 Bev founded 'ELO Part 2', and they became one of the hardest working bands around, touring the U.K., North America, South America, Europe, Austrailia, New Zealand, Singapore etc. They also worked with some of the worlds leading orchestras, including 'The Moscow Symphony', 'The Royal Philharmonic', The New York Philharmonic', 'The Sydney Symphony' and 'The Halle Orchestra'.
Following 'ELO Part 2's' sell out concert at Londons Royal Albert Hall in 1999, broadcast live by the BBC, Bev disbanded the group to move on to new challenges.
Between 2001 and 2006 he hosted 'Bev Bevans Jukebox' on Saga radio, and then hosted 'Bev Bevan’s Seventies Sunday' on Smooth Radio 105.7. For the past 5 years he has also written weekly C.D. reviews in his column 'Bevs Pick' in the Sunday Mercury
Over the years Bev has also found time to play drums on a 'Who's Who' of music talent, including Robert Plant, Paul Carrack, Jools Holland, Lisa Stansfield, Del Shannon, Jose Feliciano, Ian Gillan, The Animals, Mica Paris, Sam Brown, Olivia Newton John, Duane Eddy, The Everly Brothers, Beverly Craven, Rick Astley, Alex James, Chas Hodges, Phil Lynott, Bobby Womack and childhood pal Jasper Carrott (providing drums and bass vocals on his 1975 top 5 hit 'Funky Moped').
Following the tragic loss of 'Move' lead vocalist Carl Wayne to cancer in 2004, Bev agreed to recreate the magic of 'The Move' and bring the bands music to a new generation of fans. The Move, featuring original members Trevor Burton and Bev Bevan (plus Phil Tree and Tony Kelsey) now regularly perform in the U.K. and Europe.
In 2014 Bev will be on Tour with The Move, The Bev Bevan Rock Band, Quill and a revamped 'Made In Brum' Tour which will span 30 shows. Busy times ahead.