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James Varley

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For over 30 years, drummer Jim Varley has been seated behind Rock 'n Roll legend Neil Sedaka.   Playing for one of Rock's icon's requires not only talent, but the ability to shift musically into many directions.  His early music education provided the foundation for his versatile style, studying music at North Texas State and then onto the famed Dick Grove School in Los Angeles.  Since the 1970s, Varley's played with some of Rock's biggest names including Jose Feliciano, Seals & Crofts (on their smash hit "I'll Play For You"), Jaye P. Morgan, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Shawn Phillips, Kim Carnes, Sanford & Townsend Band, Mac Davis and currently, Neil Sedaka.  

Jim Varley initially almost missed the opportunity to work with Sedaka entirely.  When first approached by Neil, he was juggling tours with Kim Carnes and recording with Sanford Townsend Band.  When offered the Sedaka gig, Varley quit the Sanford Townsend Band, only to find out that the drummer who'd just quit working with Sedaka changed his mind and returned to the gig.  Luckily, Sanford Townsend reconsidered his resignation and he ended up traveling to Mussel Shoals with the band, playing on their biggest hit, "Smoke From A Distant Fire", produced by Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, Jerry Wexler. After that record and tour, Varley toured with country legend Mac Davis and it was during that tour that Neil Sedaka once again approached Jim to play drums, ultimately mapping his career for the next three decades.