Ian Russell Wallace (29 September 1946 — 22 February 2007) was a rock and jazz drummer, perhaps best known as a member of progressive rock band, King Crimson from 1971-1972. Early years
Wallace formed his first band, The Jaguars, at school, before going on to join The Warriors with Jon Anderson in his pre-Yes days. (Wallace later played with Yes once in November 1968 during Bill Bruford’s hiatus from the band). From The Warriors, Wallace went on to join Big Sound. In the 1960s, Big Sound worked in Denmark, Norway and Sweden as a backing band to Danish rock musician Nalle. The Big Sound and The Warriors had been mates, and had gigged together in the Storyville Club, Frankfurt, Cologne and Copenhagen. The Big Sound’s drummer and bass player left, and Ian & The Warriors bass player Dave Foster joined the band. When the Big Sound split at the back end of 1967 during a tour of Norway, some members including Ian, moved to London to back other artists including Sandie Shaw, David Garrick, Marv Johnson and Lou Christie.
Wallace later joined Vivian Stanshall’s, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, and then The World with Neil Innes before King Crimson. He appeared on the album, Islands in 1971, and on the live album, Earthbound in 1972, as well as a number of later archival releases. In May 1972, at the end of a U. S. tour, he and fellow Crimson members Mel Collins and Boz Burrell left the band and went to work for Alexis Korner’s Snape. Wallace subsequently worked with Peter Frampton in 1975. He was invited to join Bob Dylan’s band in 1978 and accompanied Dylan during his tour of Japan. Wallace’s heavy drum style was the driving force behind the pop-heavy album Street-Legal. Musician Rob Stoner later said «The man had a beat like a cop. » Other notable work includes Ry Cooder in 1979 and Don Henley in the 1980s and 1990s. Wallace’s studio and live credits also include Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Bob Dylan, Johnny Hallyday, Keith Emerson, Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, the Traveling Wilburys, Eric Clapton, Jon Anderson, Alvin Lee, Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Quireboys, Brian Eno, Larry Coryell, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Steve Marriott, Badger, Al Kooper, Tim Buckley, Lonnie Mack, Procol Harum (1993 tour), and Warren Zevon. For a short time, Wallace formed The Teabags in Los Angeles with Peter Banks (formerly of Yes), Jackie Lomax (formerly of Badger), David Mansfield, Kim Gardner (also formerly of Badger) and Graham Bell.
Later years and death
In 2003, he joined the 21st Century Schizoid Band, again replacing former King Crimson drummer Michael Giles, and released his only solo album, Happiness With Minimal Side Effects. In 2005 he formed the Crimson Jazz Trio with Tim Landers on bass and Jody Nardone on piano, which released King Crimson Songbook Volume One in November 2005 and King Crimson Songbook Volume Two in early 2009. On 10 August 2006, Wallace was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He chronicled his illness in his online blog in the hope his story would encourage others with similar symptoms to pursue treatment. He died, aged 60, with his wife, Marjorie Pomeroy, at his side.
1970: The World - Lucky Planet 1971: King Crimson — Islands 1972: Billy Burnette - Billy Burnette 1973: Alexis Korner & Snape - Accidentally Born in New Orleans 1973: Jackson Heights - Bump & Grind 1973: Alvin Lee & Mylon LeFevre - Road to Freedom 1974: Alexis Korner - Alexis Korner 1974: Big Jim Sullivan - Big Jims Back 1974: Alvin Lee - In Flight 1974: Alexis Korner - Mr. Blues 1974: Alexis Korner - Snape Live on Tour 1975: Steve Marriott - Marriott 1975: Alvin Lee - Pump Iron! 1978: Bob Dylan - Street-Legal 1979: Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan At Budokan 1981: Ronnie Wood - 1234 1981: David Lindley - El Rayo-X 1982: Don Henley - I Can’t Stand Still 1982: David Lindley & El Rayo-X - Win This Record 1983: Jon Anderson - Animation 1983: Stevie Nicks - Wild Heart 1984: Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast 1986: Graham Nash - Innocent Eyes 1986: Jackson Browne - Lives in the Balance 1986: Bonnie Raitt - Nine Lives 1988: Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 1989: Roy Orbison - Mystery Girl 1990: London Quireboys - Little Bit of What You Fancy 1995: Alvin Lee & Ten Years After - Pure Blues 1995: Joe Walsh - Robocop: The Series Soundtrack 1996: Johnny Hallyday - Destination Vegas 1998: King Crimson — Live at Jacksonville, 1972 2000: Billy Burnette - Are You With Me Baby 2000: King Crimson — Live at Summit Studios: Denver, 03/12/1972 2000: Alvin Lee & Ten Years After - Solid Rock 2001: Rodney Crowell - Houston Kid 2001: King Crimson — Live in Detroit 1971 2002: King Crimson — Earthbound 2002: King Crimson — Ladies of the Road 2003: Esther Phillips - Black-Eyed Blues 2003: The Warriors - Bolton Club ‘65 2003: Ian Wallace - Happiness With Minimal Side Effects 2003: King Crimson — Live in Orlando, 1972 2003: Bob Dylan - Street-Legal [Remastered] 2005: Fission Trip - Fission Trip, Volume One 2005: Adrian Belew - Side One 2005: Crimson Jazz Trio - King Crimson Songbook, Volume One 2006: 21st Century Schizoid Band - Pictures of a City: Live in New York 2007: Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys 2007: Steve Marriott’s All Stars - Wam Bam 2009: Crimson Jazz Trio - King Crimson Songbook, Volume Two.