THE KNACK drummer BRUCE GARY has lost his battle with lymphoma. He was 54. The MY SHARONA hitmaker is also famous for producing archive Jimi Hendrix recordings and performing behind stars like Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, George Harrison and Bette Midler. Biographer and promoter MARTIN LEWIS says, "He looked as tall and stick-thin as the average Brit rocker - yet his personality was as warm, cosy and haimish as your favourite Jewish grandmother. With a mischievous twinkle. "I only had the gift of knowing Bruce for the past few years. I first met him when I was producing some benefit shows and needed a drummer to play with the highly-ranked Brits-in-exile I'd assembled. "It needed a drummer of stature to play with all of those characters - and I found that and more in Bruce. He played like a dervish and provided the unity that bound the unrehearsed musicians together. "Watching him thrash the drums on SPENCER DAVIS' I'M A MAN and ANDY SUMMERS' acid-tinged take on the VENTURES' WALK DON'T RUN was to see a man possessed - possessed of the pure passion of rock 'n' roll."