CORKY LAING




Laurence Gordon “Corky” Laing is a Canadian rock drummer, best known as a longtime member of American hard rock band, Mountain. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Laing was the youngest of five children. Getting his break playing drums for legendary vocal group The Ink Spots in 1961, he later played in a group called Energy, who were produced by Cream collaborator and Laing's future band mate Felix Pappalardi. Laing left Energy in 1969 to replace drummer N.D. Smart in hard rock outfit and heavy metal forerunner Mountain, who, with Laing at the drum kit, released three albums and the classic song Mississippi Queen between 1970 and 1971.



After the band's first breakup the following year, Laing and Leslie West went on to form blues-rock power trio West, Bruce and Laing with former Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce. West, Bruce and Laing produced two studio albums and a live release before Mountain reformed in 1974 and released two more albums, Avalanche and the live Twin Peaks, only to break up again shortly after. The band would once again reconvene in 1985 upon the release of Go For Your Life, and Laing has continued with them to this day, most recently working on the band's 2007 Bob Dylan cover album Masters of War.

In addition to Mountain, Corky Laing has recorded as the group Cork, with Spin Doctors guitarist/vocalist Eric Schenkman and Noel Redding, best known as bassist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience. In late 1975, he played congas on several tracks on Bo Diddley's all-star album The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll.

In 2003, Laing and Leslie West authored Nantucket Sleighride and Other Mountain on-the-Road Stories, a chronicle of their time with Mountain in its heyday and their careers in the years following. In 2007, Laing recorded Stick It!, the audio version of his memoirs that would ultimately inspire the Under The Rock radio show, beginning on CHUM stations across Canada in September 2008.

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