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Dryden was born in New York City to Alice and Wheeler Dryden, a half-brother of Charlie Chaplin. He moved to Los Angeles as an infant, when his father went to work as an assistant director for Chaplin.
From 1966 to 1970, Dryden served as the drummer for Jefferson Airplane. During this time, he had an affair with Grace Slick. Afterwards, he played with New Riders of the Purple Sage until 1977, at which point he became manager of the band. After leaving the New Riders, Dryden went on to play a lengthy stint with The Dinosaurs and Barry Melton's band before retiring from drumming in 1995.
He had been suffering from two hip replacements in the past few years before his death. In 2004, several musicians, led by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule and the Allman Brothers), raised US$36,000 to help pay Dryden's medical bills.
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