Category: Drummers You Should Know

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Drummers You Should Know – Gene Chrisman

In last week’s post we featured the drum part played by Gene Chrisman on Dusty Springfield’s 1968 hit song, “Son of a Preacher Man”. Although I’m certain you knew the song before last week, did you actually know the drummer who played on it? If so, then you may have some idea of just how…




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Drummers You Should Know – Joseph “Smokey” Johnson

We all love a New Orleans street funk beat, and there are many drummers who do it well. We’ve all heard of Stanton Moore, Johnny Vidacovich, Herlin Riley, and Zigaboo Modeliste. That groove evolved out of a culture and as such it is hard to determine where it came from, but we can thank Joseph…




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Drummers You Should Know – Vic Firth

“Drummers You Should Know is a periodically reoccurring article featuring those countless drummers whose names you either don’t know or just can’t seem to remember even though you should,” is the tag placed at the end of each ‘Drummers You Should Know’ article. This is an exception. Everett “Vic” Firth was born on June 2nd,…




Drummers You Should Know – Harold Jones

Of all the legendary jazz drummers it seems that most people can only name one or two, and typically those names are Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Drummers will usually include Blakey, Tony or Elvin. While the word legendary seems to suggest the past rather than present, the truth is that there are a number of drummers…




Drummers You Should Know – W.S. “Fluke” Holland

60 years after the birth of rock n’ roll, it is well known that the earliest rock pioneers were musicians like Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, what isn’t well known however, is that the man credited with being the first rock n’ roll drummer, a man who played…




Drummers You Should Know – Gary Mallaber

My dad was a high school teacher and had access to the school’s media center equipment. On occasion he would bring home a screen, projector, and movies for the weekend. Movie night was a big deal at our house because it was a time before DVD players and VCRs, so watching a movie at home,…




Drummers You Should Know – Jerry Granelli

How often do you hear music that you know you’ve heard before but you don’t know who is actually playing it? (Probably all the time.) Of course popular songs are played so frequently that we often become familiar with them whether we like them or not, or ever know who it is. If it’s music…