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Doug Sampson


1977-1979 Iron Maiden - drums  
1987-1999 Airforce - drums  
2010- Airforce - drums  

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Born on: 30.06.1957

Doug Sampson (born June 30, 1957 in Hackney, East London) was the third drummer for Iron Maiden. He was in the band from 1977 to 1979.

Prior to joining Maiden, Sampson was a member of one of Steve Harris' previous groups.

He was one of the four members of the band to sign a record contract with EMI. However, shortly after he fell ill due to the rigours of touring. He was replaced by Clive Burr shortly before the recording of the self-titled first Iron Maiden album.

Sampson appears on the legendary demo Soundhouse Tapes as well as the song "Burning Ambition" from the very first Iron Maiden single Running Free.

He should not be confused with Paul Samson from the band Samson, which also had as members several people who were also in Iron Maiden, including Bruce Dickinson, Clive Burr, and Thunderstick.