Tony Banks founder member and Keyboard player with English Progressive Rock band Genesis was born 27th March 1950 and John Mayhew the third drummer with Genesis was Born 27 March 1947 In Ipswich, England. He replaced previous drummer John Silver and was himself replaced by Phil Collins in august 1970. He appears on the album Trespass as well as the Genesis archive 1967-75 Boxed set. Mayhew grew up in Ipswich with his older brother Paul . His parents parted and After that he saw very little of his brother. He inherited his love of music from his mother, and played with bands in the Ipswich area, moving to the London scene in the late sixties. Mayhew joined Genesis in the summer of 1969 replacing John Silver, after being contacted by Mike Rutherford. The band was impressed by Mayhew’s long-haired appearance and professionalism, plus the fact he brought his own drums with him.
As well as being a professional musician, Mayhew was also a carpenter. He installed proper panelling and seating in the band’s transport, a former bread delivery van, as well as building the cabinet for a home-made Leslie speaker that would often grind to a halt during live performances.He famously earned himself a good-natured rebuke from his bandmates when, upon being offered a wage of £15 per week by new record company Charisma (approximately £181 as of 2011), insisted that £10 was more than enough. Mayhew stayed with Genesis until his dismissal in July 1970. He was replaced by Phil Collins. In 2006, he attended a Genesis convention in London (along with Anthony Phillips and Steve Hackett), and played drums for a tribute band’s performance of “The Knife”. Mayhew died of a heart condition in Scotland on 26 March 2009, a day before his 62nd birthday. He had been working as a carpenter for a furniture company at the time of his death.
Genesis currently consists of Tony Banks (keyboards) and Mike Rutherford (bass, guitar),and Phil Collins (vocals, drums), who first joined in 1970. Past members Peter Gabriel (vocals, flute), Steve Hackett (guitar) and Anthony Phillips (guitar) also played major roles in the band during its early years. Peter Gabriel left in 1975 to pursue a successful solo career and Following Gabriel’s departure, Collins became the group’s lead singer, and sang lead vocals, then Hackett left in 1977. Genesis’s first album was Nursery Cryme and was initially regarded by the band and the fans as a pop experiment, referring to then-popular melodic pop. Then, over the course of a year, (beginning with their second album in mid-1970) they quickly evolved into a progressive rock band with the incorporation of complex song structures and elaborate instrumentation.
Their concerts became theatrical experiences with innovative stage design, pyrotechnics, extravagant costumes and on-stage stories. This second phase was characterised by lengthy performances such as the 23-minute “Supper’s Ready” and the 1974 concept album, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. In the late ’70s and early ’80s the band’s musical direction changed once again, becoming more pop oriented and commercially accessible. This resulted in their first top 40 single in the US with “Follow You Follow Me”, their first number one album in the United Kingdom, Duke, and their only number one single in the United States, “Invisible Touch”. Genesis are among the top 30 highest-selling recording artists of all time, with approximately 150 million albums sold worldwide haves released many great albums, including INVISIBLE TOUCH, FOXTROT & GENESIS, Genesis were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010