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Gene Krupa: That Legendary Drummin' Man's 100th Birthday

 
 
Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 01:20 pm
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He was born on January 15, 1909, and became the first superstar drummer in popular music. Drumming anoraks will tell you that he was the first to use a bass drum pedal on recordings and invented the rim shot on the snare drum.

A double achievement of which to be proud. But Eugene Bertram Krupa was much more than the king of swing " he lived the rock’n’roll lifestyle decades before rock’n’roll, spending three months in jail for marijuana possession (a 1959 biopic starring the tragic Sal Mineo as Krupa had him saying the memorable but terrible line: “Reefers huh? So that’s what they look like.” ). He also knew and played with some of the stellar names, from Bix Beiderbecke to Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. More than enough then to fill the four programmes in this series.

Source: Times

http://i39.tinypic.com/24wu104.jpg

Gene Krupa's biography at drummerman
 
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 01:20 pm

The Benny Goodman Big Band playing Sing Sing Sing, featuring Gene Krupa


Gene Krupa and his orchestra with Drum Boogie
Ragman
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 01:31 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Awesome...bravo..for posting that. What a precious cut from that 'Drum Boogie' movie. Krupa was one of my all-time faves. Buddy Rich and he had quite a rivalry.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 01:39 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:

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He was born on January 15, 1909, and became the first superstar drummer in popular music. Drumming anoraks will tell you that he was the first to use a bass drum pedal on recordings and invented the rim shot on the snare drum.
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I've forgotten to add the link to the above mentioned BBC-program (which should be only a couple of days): BBC: Gene Krupa
Ragman
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 01:47 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Here's an older Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich in a drum battle. Good stuff:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwJAAlXomVk&feature=related
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 04:29 pm
@Ragman,
Ragman wrote:
What a precious cut from that 'Drum Boogie' movie.

That's from Ball of Fire (1941) with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 04:37 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:
He was born on January 15, 1909, and became the first superstar drummer in popular music.

Not to take away anything from Gene Krupa, but I think the first drummer to lead his own big band was Chick Webb (not counting Cab Calloway, who was a drummer but who led his band as a singer).
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 04:52 pm
@joefromchicago,
Right, but he was the first drummer to have used more than a snare drum and cymbal - he's considered "the father of the modern drumset".

(And as a bandleader/drummer from these days - from Chicago as well - Jack DeJohnette should be mentioned.)
joefromchicago
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 06:54 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Chicagoans should always be mentioned. Even if they have nothing to do with the topic. Like Johnny Weissmuller.
Ragman
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 12:52 pm
@joefromchicago,
So, Tarzan was good on the jungle drum, eh?
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