Andy "Stoker" Growcott

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Andrew Growcott
Birth nameAndrew Growcott
Also known asStoker
Born3 June 1959 (1959-06-03) (age 60)
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Genres Pop, soul, Celtic folk, rock, new wave, hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician, recording engineer
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Dexys Midnight Runners, The Bureau, General Public, David Longoria, Sting

Andy Growcott (a.k.a. Stoker) is a former member of the band Dexys Midnight Runners. [1] After Dexys split, he and another bandmate, Mickey Billingham, joined General Public. Growcott also played with Stephen Tin Tin Duffy in the early 1980s. He has since transitioned into a career as a recording engineer, working on albums such as Ice Cube's Death Certificate . [2]

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References

  1. Huey, Steve. "Biography: Dexys Midnight Runners". Allmusic . Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  2. "Andy Growcott". BBC.