Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What would we do without our drummers?

Over on Facebook, my buddy Lou Hallwas of the Differents and Penthouse Sweets inadvertently started what's turned out to be a really popular thread; he listed his favorite drummers. This started a bunch of us listing off the drummers we thought reigned supreme. Without further ado, this is the list we came up with:

  • Al Jackson Jr.
  • Dan Garrity
  • Sean O'Malley
  • Loren Guzik
  • Mike Zelenko
  • Steve White,
  • Brad Elvis,
  • Keith Moon,
  • Ringo Star,
  • Kenney Jones
  • Neil Peart
  • Bun E. Carlos...
  • Charlie Watts...
  • Jon Densmore...
  • Mitch Mitchell...
  • Ginger Baker
  • Hal Blaine.
  • John Barbata.
  • Gene Krupa
  • Phil Gould
  • John San Juan
  • Buddy Rich,
  • Neil Peart,
  • John Bonham,
  • Phil Collins,
  • Stewart Copeland,
  • Vinnie Colaiuta,
  • Tony Williams,
  • Joe Morello
  • Steve Jordan
  • Bernard Purdie
  • Jason McGerr
  • steve drozd,
  • topper headon,
  • jabo starks,
  • elvin jones,
  • max roach,
  • art blakey,
  • dj fontana,
  • zigaboo modeliste,
  • benny benjamin,
  • pete Thomas
  • chris gach
  • Steve Gadd
  • Jeff Porcaro
  • Zak Starkey
  • Jim Keltner,
  • Ronnie Tutt
  • Mickey Hart
  • Terry Bozzio
  • Dave Grohl
  • Frankie O’Malley

That said, drummers also make excellent (although I'm sure undeserved) targets for merciless humor. Check out here and here (and, you guessed it, here too) for some really funny drummer joke* websites. (*Drummer jokes are a musician's equivalent to blonde jokes.)

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