Today in Drummer History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962-08-16 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1962-09-11 Drummer Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best of the Beatles
  • 1973-08-18 Gene Krupa, drummer, plays for final time with Benny Goodman Quartet
  • 1973-08-25 Butch Trucks, drummer of Allman Brothers, breaks a leg in a car crash

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1976-08-11 Keith Moon, drummer for Who, collapses & is hospitalized in Miami

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • 1978-12-22 Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer
  • 1980-05-20 Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss
  • 1980-12-04 2 months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin breaks up
  • 1984-12-31 Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash
  • 1994-02-08 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee charge with possession of loaded firearm
  • 2000-04-14 Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich files a lawsuit against P2P sharing phenomenon Napster. This law-suit eventually leads the movement against file-sharing programs.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 415

  • 1851-08-13 John Lincoln Clem, Drummer (Union volunteers), (d. 1937)
  • 1898-05-14 Zutty Singleton, US jazz drummer
  • 1898-12-24 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (d. 1959)
  • 1903-10-23 Milford Dolliole, pioneer jazz drummer
  • 1905-04-19 Tommy Benford, jazz drummer
  • 1909-01-15 Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman's drummer (Sing Sing Sing)
  • 1909-10-17 Crozy [William] Cole, US jazz drummer
  • 1910-06-18 Ray McKinley, orchestra leader/drummer (Glenn Miller Time), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1911-10-07 Joe Jones, drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1912-11-29 Viola Smith, American drummer (one of the first professional female drummers)
  • 1914-01-09 Kenny [Klook] Clarke, jazz/drummer, composer (Epistrop), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1915-06-10 Oscar Comras, drummer (namesake of Comras Mall in Bronx Park), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1915-12-05 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, drummer
  • 1916-05-04 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, jazz drummer

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1917-09-30 Buddy Rich, New York, American jazz drummer and band leader (Buddy Rich Band-Away We Go), (d. 1987)

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • 1919-10-11 Art Blakey, drummer (Billy Eckstine Band, Jazz Messengers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1924-01-10 Maxwell Roach, Jazz drummer, born in Newland, North Carolina
  • 1925-03-13 Roy Haynes, US jazz drummer (Trio Music with Chick Corea)
  • 1925-08-27 Tony Crombie, drummer/bandleader
  • 1927-04-07 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (d. 2003)
  • 1927-04-27 Connie Kay, jazz drummer
  • 1927-09-09 Elvin Jones, Pontiac Michigan, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's A Love Supreme')
  • 1927-10-08 Al Duncan, drummer
  • 1929-04-06 Arthur S Taylor Jr, US drummer/band leader (Taylor's Wailers)
  • 1929-07-14 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher
  • 1930-01-27 Bobby "Blue" Bland, Rosemark TN, blues singer (Call on the Drummer), (d. 2013)
  • 1930-07-27 Andy [Andrew] White, Scottish drummer, drummed on early Beatles records, born in Glasgow (d. 2015)
  • 1931-03-25 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer and composer
  • 1932-05-16 Isaac "Redd" Holt, US drummer (Young-Holt Unlimited-In Crowd)
  • 1932-11-11 Al Levitt, drummer
  • 1933-04-28 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, drummer
  • 1934-02-28 Willie Bobo, jazz drummer (Cos), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934-03-31 John D Loudermilk, rock drummer/vocalist (Language of Love, Norman)
  • 1935-11-27 Al Jackson Jr, drummer (Booker T & MGs-Chinese Checkers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1936-08-22 Lex P Humphries, drummer
  • 1936-10-11 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer (d. 2001)
  • 1938-08-26 Jet Black, English drummer, one of the founding members of The Stranglers
  • 1938-12-17 Carlo Little, English drummer (d. 2005)
  • 1939-04-27 Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1939-05-27 Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine Montreal Montreal)
  • 1939-06-11 Bernard Purdie, American session drummer
  • 1939-06-22 Bobby Harrison, England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
  • 1939-07-28 Clem Cattini, rock drummer (Tornados London)
  • 1939-08-19 Ginger [Peter] Baker, England, drummer (Cream-White Room)
  • 1939-08-31 Jerry Allison, Hillsboro Tx, rock drummer (Buddy Holly & Crickets)
  • 1939-11-13 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2014)
  • 1940-02-09 Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • 1940-06-10 John William Stevens, jazz drummer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940-07-07 Ringo Starr, [Richard Starkey], Beatles drummer (Magic Christian), born in Liverpool, England

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1940-09-11 Bernie Dwyer, rock drummer (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • 1940-10-23 Freddie Marsden, rock drummer (Gerry & The Pacemakers), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1941-02-04 John Steel, rock drummer (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)

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1941-06-02 Charlie Watts, drummer (Rolling Stones), born in London, England

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • 1941-08-26 Chris Curtis, [Chris Crummy], rock drummer/vocalist (Deep Purple)
  • 1941-09-01 Sid Pye, drummer
  • 1941-09-16 Joe Butler, Glen Cove NY, rock vocalist/drummer (Lovin' Spoonful)
  • 1941-09-26 Joe Bauer, rock drummer (Youngbloods), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1941-11-24 Pete Best, British drummer (Beatles)
  • 1941-12-12 Robert Covington, drummer/singer
  • 1942-03-15 Hughie Flint, rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • 1942-03-30 Graeme Edge, England, rock drummer (Moody Blues-Your Wildest Dreams)
  • 1942-05-04 Ronnie Bond, drummer (Troggs-Wild Thing)
  • 1942-08-11 Mike Huggs, rock drummer (Manfred Mann) [or 3/11/40]
  • 1942-08-15 Peter York, rock drummer (Spencer Davis Group), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1942-09-30 Dewey Martin, Canada, rock vocalist/drummer (Buffalo Springfield)
  • 1942-10-15 Don Stevenson, rock drummer (Moby Grape), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1942-12-02 Ted Bluechel, San Pedro Ca, rock vocalist/drummer (Association)
  • 1942-12-08 Bobby Elliott, rock drummer (The Hollies), born in Burnley, Lancashire
  • 1942-12-15 Dave Clark, rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England
  • 1943-04-07 Spencer Dryden, rock drummer (Jefferson Airplane-Go Ask Alice), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943-05-28 Tony Mansfield, [Anthony Bookbinder], rock drummer (Billy J Kramer)
  • 1943-07-25 Jim McCarty, rock drummer (Yardbirds-For Your Love), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1943-09-11 Mickey Hart, drummer (Grateful Dead)
  • 1943-11-09 Lee Graziano, rock drummer (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-11-22 Floyd Sneed, rock drummer (Three Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1943-12-12 Dave Munden, rock drummer (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • 1944-01-27 Nicholas Berkeley Mason, drummer (Pink Floyd-Brick in the Wall)
  • 1944-01-28 Brian Keenan, rock drummer (Chamber Bros-Time Has Come Today), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-02-15 Mick Avory, rock drummer (Kinks-Lola)
  • 1944-03-11 Ric Rothwell, drummer (Mindbenders-Games of Love)
  • 1944-03-17 Pat McCauley, N Ireland, rock drummer (Them)
  • 1944-05-23 Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood, US drummer (Funkadelic, Knee Deep)
  • 1944-06-03 Michael Clarke, rock drummer (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-07-08 Jaimoe "Johnny" Johanson, US rock drummer (Allman Brothers)
  • 1944-07-23 Dino Danelli, rock drummer (Fotomaker, Young Rascals), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1944-09-04 Gene Parsons, rock drummer (Byrds, Gene Clark Group)
  • 1944-12-04 Dennis Wilson, Hawthorne CA, drummer/vocalist (Beach Boys)
  • 1944-12-20 Robert Colomby, rock drummer (Blood Sweat & Tears-When I Die), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945-01-08 John Peters, rock drummer (Harpers Bizarre)
  • 1945-02-13 Roy Dyke, rock drummer (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1945-03-06 Hugh Grundy, Winchester England, drummer (Zombies-She's Not There)
  • 1945-04-13 Raymond van Geytenbeek, Dutch singer/drummer (Les Baroques)
  • 1945-04-24 Doug Clifford, rock drummer (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary)
  • 1945-05-02 Bob Henrit, English pop drummer (Kinks-Waterloo Sunset)
  • 1945-08-16 Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, Merseyside, rock drummer (Easybeats)
  • 1945-09-23 Ronald Bushy, rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-10-20 Ric Lee, rock drummer (Ten Years After-Cannock, Staffs)
  • 1945-11-24 Bev [Beverley] Bevan, rock drummer (ELO), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1945-12-01 John Densmore, LA, drummer (Doors-C'mon Light My Fire)
  • 1945-12-20 Peter Criss [George Peter John Criscuola], American drummer and singer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1964-10-14 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts weds Shirley Shepherd

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts

HeartWedding of Interest

1966-03-17 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon

HeartWedding of Interest

1970-06-12 Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood (22) weds Jenny Boyd (23)

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood
  • 1970-08-04 "The Beach Boys" drummer Dennis Wilson (25) weds Barbara Charren (24)
  • 1986-05-10 Tommy Lee drummer of Motley Crue marries Heather Locklear
  • 1996-09-07 Five-foot-eleven model-actress Eva Herzigova (23) weds Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres (43) in Sea Bright, New Jersey
  • 2004-10-30 Blink-182 pop punk band drummer Travis Barker (28) weds actress and First Runner Up Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler (29) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2005-12-10 "Audioslave" drummer Brad Wilk (37) weds "Seven Year Bitch" former lead vocalist Selene Vigil near the frozen waters of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe
  • 2008-09-06 Singer KT Tunstall (33) weds drummer Luke Bullen in a marquee overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Isle of Skye
  • 2009-11-14 "Kings of Leon" drummer Nate Followill (33) weds singer Jessie Baylin (25) at the Wolf Den Farm in Brentwood, Tennessee
  • 2012-01-07 Lady Antebellum singer-songwriter Hillary Scott (26) weds drummer Chris Tyrrell (25) at the Appel Inn near Albany, New York
  • 2012-06-10 Country music singer Wynonna Judd (48) weds "Highway 101" drummer Cactus Moser in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee
  • 2012-09-15 "The Black Keys" drummer Patrick Carney (32) weds Emily Ward in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2012-12-21 "McFly" drummer Harry Judd (27) weds former Escala violinist Izzy Johnston (29) at St Nicholas Church in Harpenden, Herts

Famous Divorces

  • 1994-06-01 Guns n Roses drummer Matthew Sorum files to divorce Kai
  • 1998-02-28 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (31) divorces Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (35) after 3 years of marriage
  • 2008-08-17 Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1939-06-16 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
  • 1959-02-14 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (b. 1898)
  • 1959-11-10 Lupino Lane, English actor (Deputy Drummer), dies at 67
  • 1972-07-24 Bobby Ramirez, drummer (White Trash), killed at 23 in bar brawl
  • 1973-10-16 Gene Krupa, US swing drummer (Sing Sing Sing), dies at 64
  • 1974-09-23 Robbie Mcintosh, drummer (Average White Band), overdoses at 24
  • 1975-07-14 Zutty Singleton, US jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • 1975-10-01 Al Jackson, rock drummer (Booker T & The MG's), dies at 39

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978-09-07 Keith Moon, rock drummer (Who), dies of drug overdose at 31

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • 1980-09-25 John Bonham, English pop drummer (Led Zeppelin), overdoses at 32
  • 1983-02-04 Karen Carpenter, rock drummer (Carpenters), dies of anorexia at 32
  • 1983-09-15 Willie Bobo, jazz drummer (Cos), dies at 49
  • 1983-12-28 Dennis Wilson, drummer/singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39
  • 1984-12-08 Razzle, English Musician and drummer for Hanoi Rocks (b.1960)
  • 1984-12-09 Razzle, English drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (b. 1960)
  • 1985-09-03 Joe Jones, drummer, dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1987-04-02 Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • 1987-04-17 Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • 1987-05-12 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist/drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • 1987-06-08 Yogi Horton, drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33
  • 1987-12-05 "Fat" Larry James, US drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
  • 1989-06-14 Pete de Freitas, drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies
  • 1990-10-16 Art Blakey, jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1991-11-24 Eric Carr, drummer (Kiss-Beth), dies of cancer at 41
  • 1992-04-16 Andy Russell, drummer/vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
  • 1992-04-19 Robert F Clayton, drummer (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1992-08-05 Jeff Porcaro, drummer (Toto-Africa), dies of cardiac arrest at 38
  • 1992-08-24 Larrie Londin, jazz drummer, dies at 48
  • 1992-10-07 Ed Blackwell, US jazz drummer (Quartet), dies
  • 1993-03-19 Jeff Ward, drummer (9 Inch Nails), commits suicide at 30
  • 1993-11-28 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian drummer (Steppenwolf) (b. 1946)
  • 1993-12-19 Michael Clarke, drummer (Byrds), dies of liver failure at 49
  • 1994-03-09 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • 1994-03-24 Tommy Benford, jazz drummer, dies at 88
  • 1994-05-03 Milford Dolliole, pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • 1994-05-29 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, drummer, dies at 61
  • 1994-07-11 Lex P Humphries, drummer, dies at 57
  • 1994-09-13 John William Stevens, jazz drummer, dies at 54
  • 1994-11-28 Al Levitt, US/French jazz drummer, dies at 63
  • 1994-11-30 Connie Conrad Henry Kirnon Kay, jazz Drummer, dies at 67
  • 1995-01-03 Al Duncan, drummer, dies at 68
  • 1995-02-06 Arthur S Taylor Jr, US drummer/author (Notes on notes), dies at 65
  • 1995-03-08 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (b. 1965)
  • 1995-05-07 Ray McKinley, drummer, dies at 84
  • 1995-08-03 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, drummer, dies at 79
  • 1995-10-06 Walter "Crash" Morgan, drummer, dies at 35
  • 1996-01-17 Robert Covington, drummer/singer, dies at 54
  • 1996-02-23 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66
  • 1996-04-14 Gaylord Birch, drummer (Pointer Sisters, Herbie Hancock), dies at 50
  • 1996-06-14 Thomas Edward Montgomery, drummer, dies at 73
  • 1996-07-16 John Panozzo, drummer, dies at 48
  • 1996-08-11 Mel Taylor, drummer, dies at 63
  • 1996-10-24 Sid Pye, drummer, dies at 55
  • 1997-02-25 Tony Williams, jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
  • 1997-04-19 El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (b. 1958)
  • 1998-01-26 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • 1999-06-21 Kami, Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer) (b. 1973)
  • 2001-05-03 Billy Higgins, American drummer (b. 1936)
  • 2002-03-26 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • 2003-01-11 Mickey Finn, English drummer (T. Rex) (b. 1947)
  • 2003-04-06 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (b. 1927)
  • 2003-11-12 Tony Thompson, American drummer (Chic, Power Station) (b. 1954)
  • 2004-05-18 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)
  • 2005-01-11 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1938)
  • 2005-02-08 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers) (b. 1948)
  • 2005-03-26 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • 2005-03-30 Derrick Plourde, American drummer (b. 1971)
  • 2005-08-20 Krzysztof Raczkowski, Polish drummer (b. 1970)
  • 2005-10-31 John "Beatz" Holohan, American drummer (Bayside) (b. 1974)
  • 2006-08-22 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack) (b. 1951)
  • 2007-02-27 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • 2007-08-16 Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2007-11-02 Witold Kiełtyka, Polish metal drummer (Decapitated) (b. 1984)
  • 2008-02-09 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • 2008-02-26 Buddy Miles, American drummer (Band of Gypsies; b. 1947)
  • 2008-03-16 Ola Brunkert, Swedish session drummer for ABBA (b. 1946)
  • 2008-05-11 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer, formerly for Canadian progressive rock band Rush (b.1953)
  • 2008-07-06 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • 2008-11-30 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) (b. 1958)
  • 2009-07-04 Jim Chapin, American drummer (b.1919)
  • 2009-12-28 James Owen Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) dies aged 28
  • 2011-04-04 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • 2011-11-22 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer, dies at 80
  • 2012-03-12 Mike Hossack, American rock drummer, dies from cancer at 65
  • 2013-03-12 Clive Burr, English drummer, dies from complications from multiple sclerosis at 56
  • 2013-12-01 Richard Coughlan, English drummer, dies from pneumonia at 66
  • 2014-07-11 Tommy Ramone [Erdélyi Tamás], Hungarian-American punk rock drummer/bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • 2014-07-29 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, dies at 74
  • 2015-11-09 Andy [Andrew] White, Scottish drummer, drummed on early Beatles records, dies at 85
  • 2015-11-11 Philthy Animal [Phil Taylor], English rock drummer (Motorhead), dies at 61