Famous Drummers in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962-08-16 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer, first official concert two days later

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best

Music concertMusic Concert

1973-02-06 Drummer Buddy Rich plays influential performance at the Top of the Plaza, Richmond New York, later televised by PBS

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973-08-09 Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell quit the Wings group founded by Paul McCartney

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1973-08-18 Drummer Gene Krupa plays for the final time with the Benny Goodman Quartet
  • 1973-08-25 Butch Trucks, drummer of the Allman Brothers, breaks a leg in a car crash

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 rock band Kiss

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980-12-04 Two months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin announces they will disband

Drummer John Bonham
Drummer
John Bonham
  • 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

Birthdays in Music

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  • 1851-08-13 John Lincoln Clem, American general and drummer boy (Union Army), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1937)
  • 1898-05-14 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), born in Bunkie, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • 1898-12-24 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1903-10-23 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1905-04-19 Tommy Benford, American jazz drummer, born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1909-01-15 Gene Krupa, American jazz and big band drummer (Benny Goodman, Sing Sing Sing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1909-10-17 Crozy [William] Cole, US jazz drummer
  • 1910-06-18 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1911-10-07 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (1985)
  • 1912-11-29 Viola Smith, American drummer (one of the first professional female drummers)
  • 1914-01-09 Kenny Clarke, American jazz drummer & bandleader (Epistrop), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 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, American jazz drummer, born in Chapman, Kansas (d. 1995)
  • 1916-05-04 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, born in Huntington, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1917-02-07 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)

Person of interestBuddy Rich

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

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • 1919-10-11 Art Blakey, American drummer (Billy Eckstine Band, Jazz Messengers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • 1923-07-15 [Joseph Rudolph] Philly Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Philadelphia (d. 1985)
  • 1924-01-10 Max Roach, American jazz drummer, born in Newland, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1924-06-01 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1924-07-06 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), born in Rock Falls, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1924-10-25 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (The Wrecking Crew), born in New Orleans (d. 2008)
  • 1924-10-27 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], drummer (Monkees, Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, born in Siracusa, Italy (d. 1987)
  • 1925-03-13 Roy Haynes, American jazz drummer (Trio Music with Chick Corea), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1925-08-27 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, born in Bishopsgate, London (d. 1999)
  • 1926-06-11 Brother Dave Gardner, American comedian, drummer and singer, born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • 1927-04-07 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian percussionist (Drums of Passion), born in Ajido, Lagos (d. 2003)
  • 1927-04-27 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1927-09-09 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's A Love Supreme'), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1927-10-08 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1928-07-17 Joseph Albert Morello, American jazz drummer, born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • 1928-12-23 Buddy Harman, American drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1929-01-20 [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis' First Great Sextet), born in Washington D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1929-02-05 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American drummer and session musician (The Wrecking Crew), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1929-04-06 Arthur S Taylor Jr, US drummer/band leader (Taylor's Wailers)
  • 1929-04-29 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican American congo drummer (El Watusi), born in New York City (d. 2006)
  • 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 ("Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You"), born in Glasgow (d. 2015)
  • 1931-03-15 [Dominic Joseph] D. J. Fontana, American drummer (drummer for Elvis), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1931-03-25 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer and composer
  • 1932-01-14 Grady Tate, American jazz drummer & singer, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1932-05-16 Isaac "Redd" Holt, US drummer (Young-Holt Unlimited-In Crowd)
  • 1932-11-11 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1933-04-28 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, born in Detroit (d. 1994)
  • 1934-02-28 Willie Bobo [Correa], American jazz percussionist (Evil Ways), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1934-04-07 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1935-03-20 Sam Lay, American drummer and vocalist (Original Thunderbirds, Howlin' Wolf Tribute), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1935-11-27 Al Jackson Jr, drummer (Booker T & MGs-Chinese Checkers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1936-04-30 Robert "Bobby" Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1936-08-22 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1936-09-21 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, born in Idabel, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • 1936-10-11 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1938-04-07 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane), born in NYC, New York
  • 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, Canadian rock drummer (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1939-06-11 Bernard Purdie, American session drummer, born in Elkton, Maryland
  • 1939-06-17 James Gadson, American drummer and session musician, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1939-06-22 Bobby Harrison, English rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
  • 1939-07-28 Clem Cattini, rock drummer (Tornados London)
  • 1939-08-19 [Peter] Ginger Baker, English drummer (Cream), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1939-08-28 Clem Cattini, English rock drummer (the Tornados), born in London
  • 1939-08-31 Jerry Allison, Hillsboro Tx, rock drummer (Buddy Holly & Crickets)
  • 1939-11-13 Idris Muhammad [Leo Morris], American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1940-02-09 Brian Bennett, English rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • 1940-05-26 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - Up On Cripple Creek), born in Elaine, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • 1940-06-10 John William Stevens, jazz drummer

Person of interestRingo Starr

1940-07-07 Ringo Starr [Richard Starkey], English drummer and member of The Beatles, born in Liverpool, England

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1940-08-12 Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2020)
  • 1940-09-11 Bernie Dwyer, British rock drummer (Freddie & The Dreamers), born in Manchester, England (d. 2002)
  • 1940-10-23 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)
  • 1941-02-04 John Steel, rock drummer (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)

Person of interestCharlie Watts

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)
  • 1941-09-16 Joe Butler, American rock vocalist and drummer (Lovin' Spoonful), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1941-09-26 Joe Bauer, American rock drummer (Youngbloods), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Person of interestPete Best

1941-11-24 Pete Best, British drummer (Beatles), born in Madras, British India

Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • 1941-12-13 Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1942-01-08 John Peterson, American drummer (the Beau Brummels), born in Rudyard, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1942-02-12 Rick Frank, American drummer (Elephant's Memory)
  • 1942-03-01 Michael Giles, British drummer (King Crimson, Giles, Giles & Fripp), born in Waterlooville, Hampshire
  • 1942-03-15 Hughie Flint, English rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London
  • 1942-03-30 Graeme Edge, England, rock drummer (Moody Blues-Your Wildest Dreams)
  • 1942-04-27 James Lee "Jim" Keltner, American drummer, described as "the leading session drummer in America", born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1942-05-04 Ronnie Bond, English drummer (Troggs-Wild Thing), born in Andover, Hampshire
  • 1942-08-11 Mike Huggs, rock drummer (Manfred Mann) [or 3/11/40]
  • 1942-08-15 Peter York, British rock drummer (Spencer Davis Group), born in Redcar, Yorkshire
  • 1942-09-25 Billy Mundi [also Tony Schnasse, born Antonio Salas], American session musician and drummer (The Mothers of Invention, Rhinoceros), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2014)
  • 1942-09-30 Dewey Martin, Canadian rock vocalist and drummer (Buffalo Springfield)
  • 1942-10-15 Don Stevenson, American rock drummer (Moby Grape), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1942-11-22 Floyd Sneed, Canadian rock drummer (Three Dog Night), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1942-12-02 Ted Bluechel, American rock vocalist and drummer (Association), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1942-12-08 Bobby Elliott, rock drummer (The Hollies), born in Burnley, Lancashire
  • 1942-12-15 Dave Clark, English rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in Tottenham, Middlesex, England
  • 1943-01-28 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (The Chamber Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1943-03-17 Tony Newman, English drummer (Sounds Incorporated, T.Rex), born in Southampton, England
  • 1943-05-28 Tony Mansfield [Anthony Bookbinder], British rock drummer (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1943-07-25 Jim McCarty, English rock drummer (Yardbirds-For Your Love), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1943-08-01 Geoffrey Britton, British rock drummer (Paul McCartney & Wings), born in Lewisham, South East London

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

2010-12-19 Guitar legend Carlos Santana (63) weds rock drummer Cindy Blackman (51) in Maui, Hawaii

Musician Carlos Santana
Musician
Carlos Santana
  • 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

Divorces in Music

  • 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

Deaths in Music

  • 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 jazz and swing drummer (Sing Sing Sing), dies at 64
  • 1974-09-23 Robbie Mcintosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band), overdoses at 24
  • 1975-07-14 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), dies at 77
  • 1975-10-01 Al Jackson, rock drummer (Booker T & The MG's), dies at 39

Person of interestKeith Moon

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

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon

Person of interestJohn Bonham

1980-09-25 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), dies from asphyxiation after heavy alcohol intake at 32

Drummer John Bonham
Drummer
John Bonham
  • 1983-02-04 Karen Carpenter, American vocalist and drummer (We Only Just Begun), dies of anorexia at 32
  • 1983-09-15 Willie Bobo [Correa], American jazz percussionist (Evil Ways), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1983-12-28 Dennis Wilson, American drummer and singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39
  • 1984-12-08 Razzle [Nicholas Dingley], British drummer (Hanoi Rocks), dies at 24
  • 1985-08-30 [Joseph Rudolph] Philly Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1985-09-03 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, dies at 73
  • 1985-10-05 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (The Chamber Brothers), dies of a heart attack at 42

Person of interestBuddy Rich

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 and drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • 1987-06-08 Yogi Horton, drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33
  • 1987-08-17 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], drummer (Monkees, Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62
  • 1987-12-05 "Fat" Larry James, American drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
  • 1988-11-04 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), dies at 88
  • 1989-06-14 Pete de Freitas, British drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies in a motorcycle accident at 27
  • 1990-06-05 Jim Hodder, American drummer (Steely Dan), dies at 42
  • 1990-10-16 Art Blakey, American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1991-11-24 Eric Carr [Paul Charles Caravello], American drummer (Kiss), dies of cancer at 41
  • 1992-04-01 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), dies of a drug overdose at 28
  • 1992-04-16 Andy Russell, American drummer and 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
  • 1992-12-24 Robert "Bobby" LaKind, American conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional backup drummer (The Doobie Brothers), dies from terminal colon cancer at 47
  • 1993-03-19 Jeff Ward, drummer (9 Inch Nails), commits suicide at 30
  • 1993-11-28 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian rock drummer (Steppenwolf), dies at 47
  • 1993-12-19 Michael Clarke, drummer (Byrds), dies of liver failure at 49
  • 1994-03-09 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • 1994-03-24 Tommy Benford, American jazz drummer, dies at 88
  • 1994-05-03 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • 1994-05-29 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, dies at 61
  • 1994-07-11 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer, dies at 57
  • 1994-09-13 John William Stevens, jazz drummer, dies at 54
  • 1994-11-28 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, dies at 63
  • 1994-11-30 Connie Conrad Henry Kirnon Kay, jazz Drummer, dies at 67
  • 1994-11-30 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies of a cardiac arrest at 67
  • 1995-01-03 Al Duncan, American blues 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, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), dies at 84
  • 1995-08-03 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, dies at 79
  • 1995-10-06 Walter "Crash" Morgan, drummer, dies at 35
  • 1996-01-17 Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, dies at 54
  • 1996-02-23 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66
  • 1996-03-22 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), dies from post-operative complications at 50
  • 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
  • 1997-02-23 Tony Williams, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
  • 1997-04-19 El Duce [Eldon Wayne Hoke], American singer and drummer (The Mentors), dies from a "misadventure" on a train-track at 39
  • 1998-01-26 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • 1999-06-21 Kami, Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer) (b. 1973)
  • 1999-07-14 Gar Samuelson, American drummer (Megadeth) dies of liver failure at 41
  • 1999-07-17 Kevin Wilkinson, English drummer (The Waterboys), commits suicide at 41
  • 1999-10-18 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 74
  • 2001-05-03 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, dies at 64
  • 2002-03-26 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • 2002-12-04 Bernie Dwyer, British rock drummer (Freddie & The Dreamers), dies at 61
  • 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)
  • 2004-01-16 John Siomos, American rock drummer, dies at 56
  • 2004-01-28 Melvyn "Mel" Pritchard, British progressive rock drummer (Barclay James Harvest), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2004-05-18 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer, dies at 76
  • 2004-09-12 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, dies at 59
  • 2005-01-11 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane) dies of colon cancer at 66
  • 2005-02-08 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers), dies at 56
  • 2005-03-26 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • 2005-03-30 Derrick Plourde, American drummer (b. 1971)
  • 2005-04-08 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), dies at 85
  • 2005-08-20 Krzysztof Raczkowski, Polish drummer (b. 1970)
  • 2005-10-31 John "Beatz" Holohan, American drummer (Bayside) (b. 1974)
  • 2006-02-17 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican American congo drummer (El Watusi), dies at 76
  • 2006-08-22 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack) (b. 1951)
  • 2006-12-09 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), dies at 66
  • 2007-02-22 Ian Wallace, English drummer (King Crimson), dies of cancer at 60
  • 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)
  • 2007-11-11 John Peterson, American drummer (the Beau Brummels), dies at 65
  • 2008-02-09 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • 2008-02-26 Buddy Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag), dies of congestive heart disease at 60
  • 2008-03-16 Ola Brunkert, Swedish session drummer for ABBA (b. 1946)
  • 2008-05-05 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), dies at 63
  • 2008-05-11 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush), dies at 55
  • 2008-07-06 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • 2008-08-21 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79