Jan 1976

Joined Jean-Luc Ponty’s band, did several US tours

July 1976

Recorded Jean-Luc Ponty’s “Imaginary Voyage” album and toured Australia, New Zealand, US, and Europe

Oct-Dec 1976

Toured with Tommy Bolin (until his death on Dec. 4, 1976)

April 1977

Toured US with the Mark Almond band and recorded unreleased material

Jan 1978

Toured with Caldera, a latin jazz fusion band

Summer 1978

Recorded Gino Vannelli’s “Brother to Brother” album

Jan 1979

Toured US with Gino Vannelli, recorded live double album and feature-length concert film

Summer 1979

Toured with Phyllis Hyman

Fall 1979

Recorded “La Luna” album with Ray Barretto and Tito Puente

April 1980

Recorded demo material for Eddie Jobson of “UK

June 1980

Joined Jethro Tull; recorded “A” album playing drums and percussion

July 1980

Recorded Jean-Luc Ponty’s “Civilized Evil” album

Fall, 1980

Toured US with Jethro Tull and shot feature-length companion film called “Slipstream”

Nov 1980

Recorded British band Ph.D.’s self-titled debut album

Jan 1981

Toured Europe with Jethro Tull

April 1981

Shot Gino Vannelli video for “Living Inside Myself”

July 1981

Shot Gino Vannelli video for “Nightwalker”

Oct 1981

Recorded Gino Vannelli’s “Twisted Heart” album (unreleased)

Feb 1982

Recorded Ph.D’s “Is it Safe?” album

Mar-Oct 1982

Recorded Gino Vannelli’s “Live” album

Jan-April 1983

Recorded Gino Vannelli’s “Black Cars” album

April-July 1983

Joined Hughes Thrall band

July 1983

Formed Back to Back with Pat Thrall and Alex Ligertwood

August 1983

Played concerts with Robben Ford

November 1983

Toured US with Tower of Power

Jan-Feb 1984

Recorded Gregg Rolie’s solo debut album

Feb-July 1984

Joined Willie Dee band

July 1984

Toured with Frank Stallone

Nov 1984-85

Joined “Esquire” (British band produced by Trevor Horn)

Spring 1985

Joined Jeff Beck, rehearsed in London (never toured)

Summer-Fall 1985

Played with Canadian pop group “The Headpins”

Dec 1985-?

Played with Phil Brown

Summer 1986

Toured with Tower of Power

July 86-Nov 87

In and out of hospital/kidney failure

July 1987

Mark Craney Drum Summit. Benefit held by Mark's friends and colleagues at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, California

November 1987

All-day benefit held by Mark's friends and colleagues at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

March, 1988

First kidney transplant

April 1989

Sat in on an LA gig with Gregg Bissonette - first time behind the kit since kidney failure

Summer 1990

Mark and mom Daisy Mae - guests on the Geraldo Show, “Rockers and their Mothers”


Toured Europe with Randy Myers (Eagles) Billy Swan (Bread) and Allan Rich (son of Charlie Rich) for project called, "Meisner, Rich & Swan."


Attended Jethro Tull 25th anniversary party/reunion in London


Recorded Dweezil Zappa’s “Shampoo Horn” album

1995 Recorded on Doug Jackson's "Storm Chaser" album
1995 Recorded on Maestro Alex Gregory's "12 Jokes for Heavy Metal Mandolin"


Joined Eric Burdon and the Animals, recorded material and toured US and Europe

Spring-Summer 1997

Recorded a benefit CD (Mark Craney and Friends) called "Something With a Pulse." Disc features Mark's own songwriting and performances as well as rare performances by Jethro Tull, Gino Vannelli, Tower of Power and a specially-donated version of James Taylor's "New Hymn Live."

September 1997

A second Mark Craney benefit concert was held. Called, "A Day of Drums and Music Part II," this second benefit again took place at The Guitar Center in Hollywood.

Spring 2000 Appeared on Jimmy Haslip's "Red Heat" produced by Joe Vannelli

October 2004

Recorded 12 songs at Aberdeen Recording Studios with old friend Tim Andersen and other friends; a key highlight for that year.

August 2005 Scheduled to do another recording session at Aberdeen Recording Studios, but suffered a brain stem stroke the day before his scheduled departure.


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