Famous Drummers in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 494

  • 1943-09-11 Mickey Hart, American drummer (Grateful Dead), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943-11-05 Pablo Gomez, Spanish rock drummer (Los Bravos), born in Barcelona, Catalonia
  • 1943-11-09 Lee Graziano, American rock drummer (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-12-02 Dave Munden, English rock drummer (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • 1944-01-27 Nick Mason, English drummer (Pink Floyd), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1944-02-15 Michael "Mick" Avory, British rock drummer (The Kinks), born in East Molesey, Surrey
  • 1944-03-11 Ric Rothwell, drummer (Mindbenders-Games of Love)
  • 1944-03-17 Pat McCauley, Northern Irish rock drummer (Them)
  • 1944-05-02 Bob Henrit, English pop drummer (Argent - Hold Your Head Up; Kinks), born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1944-05-08 Bill Legend [William Fifield], British musician and rock drummer (T. Rex), born in Barking, Essex
  • 1944-05-16 Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American jazz drummer (Mahavishnu Orchestra), born in Colón, Panama
  • 1944-05-23 Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood, US drummer (Funkadelic, Knee Deep)
  • 1944-06-03 Michael Clarke, American rock drummer (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-06-21 Jon Hiseman, English drummer (Colosseum), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1944-07-08 Jaimoe "Johnny" Johanson, American rock drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • 1944-07-16 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), born in Wynne, Arkansas (d. 2008)
  • 1944-07-23 Dino Danelli, American rock drummer (Fotomaker, Young Rascals), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1944-09-04 Gene Parsons, American rock drummer (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers), born in Morongo Valley, California
  • 1944-12-04 Dennis Wilson, American drummer and vocalist (Beach Boys), born in Hawthorne, California (d. 1983)
  • 1944-12-20 Robert Colomby, American rock drummer (Blood Sweat & Tears-When I Die), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945-02-13 Roy Dyke, English rock drummer (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1945-03-06 Hugh Grundy, Winchester England, drummer (Zombies-She's Not There)
  • 1945-04-01 John Barbata, American drummer (Turtles-Happy Together, Elenore), born in Passiac, New Jersey
  • 1945-04-01 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1945-04-24 Doug Clifford, American rock drummer (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1945-08-16 Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, Merseyside, rock drummer (Easybeats)
  • 1945-09-23 Ronald Bushy, rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-10-16 Roger Hawkins, American drummer (the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), born in Mishawaka, Indiana
  • 1945-10-20 Ric Lee, rock drummer (Ten Years After-Cannock, Staffs)
  • 1945-11-03 Robert "Bobby" LaKind, American conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional backup drummer (The Doobie Brothers), born in New York (d. 1992)
  • 1945-11-08 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), born in Glendale, California (d. 1996)
  • 1945-11-25 Bev Bevan, English drummer (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1945-12-01 John Densmore, LA, drummer (Doors-C'mon Light My Fire)
  • 1945-12-12 Tony Williams, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1945-12-20 Peter Criss [George Peter John Criscuola], American drummer and singer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-12-23 Ronald Bushy, American rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946-01-10 Aynsley Dunbar, English drummer (Journey, Jefferson Starship), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1946-02-06 Richie Hayward, American drummer (Little Feat), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • 1946-02-08 Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra, Mexican blues-rock drummer (Canned Heat), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1946-02-19 Pierre van der Linden, Dutch drummer (Brainbox)
  • 1946-03-10 Gaylord Birch, drummer (Reconstruction, Honey Dripper)
  • 1946-03-17 Harold Brown, rock drummer (War-Summer, Galaxy), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1946-05-07 Bill Kreutzmann, American rock drummer (Grateful Dead), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1946-05-16 Roger Earl, English drummer (Foghat), born in London, England
  • 1946-05-24 Steve Upton, British-Welsh rock drummer (Wishbone Ash-There's the Rub, Locked In), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • 1946-06-15 Duris Maxwell [a.k.a. Ted Lewis], Canadian drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, Powder Blues Band), born in East York, Ontario, Canada

Person of interestKeith Moon

1946-08-23 Keith Moon, English rock drummer (Who-I'm A Boy), born in London, England (d. 1978)

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon
  • 1946-09-01 Greg Errico, American drummer (Sly & Family Stone-Stand!), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1946-09-04 Greg Elmore, American rock drummer (Quicksilver), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946-09-19 John Coghlan, English rock drummer (Status Quo), born in London, England
  • 1946-09-29 Ian Wallace, English drummer (King Crimson), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 2007)
  • 1946-10-17 Michael Hossack, American drummer (The Doobie Brothers), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1946-10-24 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian rock drummer (Steppenwolf), born in Oshawa, Ontario (d. 1993)
  • 1946-11-19 Joe Correro, Greenwood Ms, rock drummer (Paul Revers & The Raiders)
  • 1946-12-12 Clive Bunker, British rock drummer (Jethro Tull), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England
  • 1947-01-20 George Grantham, American drummer and vocalist (Poco-Crazy Eyes), born in Cordell, Oklahoma
  • 1947-02-02 Peter Lucia, American rock drummer (Tommy James & Shondells-Crystal Blue), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1947-03-18 Barry Wilson, England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale)
  • 1947-03-20 Carl Palmer, drummer (Asia-Heat of the Moment, Emerson Lake & Palmer)
  • 1947-03-24 Mike Kellie, rock drummer (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
  • 1947-04-06 Tony Cooner, Essex, drummer (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)
  • 1947-05-11 Butch Trucks, drummer (The Allman Brothers), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)

Person of interestMick Fleetwood

1947-06-24 Mick Fleetwood, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way), born in London, England

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
  • 1947-07-07 Rob Townsend, rock drummer (Family Leicester)
  • 1947-07-09 Mitch Mitchell, English drummer (Jimi Hendrix Experience), born in Ealing, Middlesex (d. 2008)
  • 1947-07-22 Don Henley, rock drummer/vocalist (Eagles-Desparado), born in Linden, Texas
  • 1947-07-30 John Siomos, American rock drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1947-08-01 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2011)
  • 1947-09-02 Richard Coughlan, English drummer and percussionist (Caravan), (d. 2013)
  • 1947-09-05 Buddy Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • 1947-09-23 Neal Smith, American musician and drummer for rock group "Alice Cooper", born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1947-12-03 John Wilson, Irish rock drummer (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1947-12-17 Jim Hodder, American drummer (Steely Dan), born in Bethpage, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1947-12-29 Cozy Powell, English rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group, Whitesnake, ELP), born in Cirencester, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
  • 1948-01-11 Terry Williams, Welsh rock drummer (Dire Straits), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1948-01-20 Mel Pritchard, British progressive rock drummer (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 2004)
  • 1948-01-26 Laurence "Corky" Laing, Canadian rock drummer and songwriter (Mountain, Cork), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1948-02-18 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (Doobie Brothers), born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • 1948-04-01 Simon Crowe, rock drummer (Boomtown Rats-Maxinguaye)
  • 1948-04-04 David "Pick" Withers, English jazz drummer (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • 1948-04-07 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clear Light), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1948-05-05 Bill Ward, English heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1948-05-28 Ray Laidlaw, British rock drummer (Jack the Lad)

Person of interestJohn Bonham

1948-05-31 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), born in Redditch, England (d. 1980)

Drummer John Bonham
John Bonham
  • 1948-06-11 Skip Alan, English drummer (Them, Pretty Things), born in Westminster, London
  • 1948-06-29 Ian Paice, British hard rock drummer (White Snake, Deep Purple), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1948-07-17 Brian Glascock, English rock drummer (Motels-Only the Lonely), born in Islington, England
  • 1948-07-18 Cesar Zuiderwijk, Dutch rock drummer (Golden Earring, Radar Love), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1948-08-28 Daniel Seraphine, rock drummer (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948-09-03 Don Brewer, American rock drummer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1948-09-16 Kenney Jones, English rock drummer and vocalist (Small Faces, The Who), born in London, England
  • 1948-10-24 Dale "Buffin" Griffin, English rock drummer (Mott The Hoople), born in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England (d. 2016)
  • 1948-11-05 Rick Cobb, American hard rock drummer (Bloodrock)
  • 1948-11-09 Alan Gratzer, rock drummer (Reo Speedwagon), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1949-01-05 George Brown, American rock drummer (Kool & the Gang-Celebration), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1949-01-29 Tommy Ramone [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2014)
  • 1949-02-10 Nigel Olsson, British rock guitarist and drummer (Elton John's Band), born in Wallasey, Cheshire
  • 1949-03-11 Richard de Bois, Dutch drummer/producer
  • 1949-03-12 Mike Gibbins, Welsh musician & drummer (Badfinger), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2005)
  • 1949-04-09 Steve Gadd, American jazz drummer ('Late In The Evening', '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover'), born in Irondequoit, New York

Weddings in Music

Divorces in Music

Deaths in Music

  • 2008-09-19 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 83
  • 2008-11-30 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) (b. 1958)
  • 2009-02-14 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), dies at 84
  • 2009-07-04 Jim Chapin, American drummer (b.1919)
  • 2009-12-28 James Owen Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) dies aged 28
  • 2010-08-12 Richie Hayward, American drummer (Little Feat), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • 2011-02-25 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), dies at 64
  • 2011-03-12 Joseph Albert Morello, American jazz drummer, dies at 82
  • 2011-04-04 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • 2011-10-14 Chuck Ruff, American rock drummer (Frankenstein), dies after a long illness at 60
  • 2011-11-22 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer, dies at 80
  • 2012-03-12 Michael Hossack, American drummer (The Doobie Brothers), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2012-04-19 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - Up On Cripple Creek), dies from throat cancer at 71
  • 2013-03-12 Clive Burr, English drummer, dies from complications from multiple sclerosis at 56
  • 2013-06-24 Alan Myers, American rock drummer (Devo), dies of cancer at 58
  • 2013-08-13 Jon Brookes, English drummer (The Charlatans), dies of cancer at 44
  • 2013-12-01 Richard Coughlan, English drummer, dies from pneumonia at 66
  • 2014-03-29 Billy Mundi [also Tony Schnasse, born Antonio Salas], American session musician and drummer (The Mothers of Invention, Rhinoceros), dies of complications from diabetes at 71
  • 2014-05-03 Robert "Bobby" Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), dies at 78
  • 2014-07-11 Tommy Ramone [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • 2014-07-29 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, dies at 74
  • 2015-01-18 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clear Light), dies of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease at 66
  • 2015-04-03 Bob [Robert Lewis] Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a car crash at 64
  • 2015-11-09 Andy [Andrew] White, Scottish drummer, drummed on early Beatles records ("Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You"), dies at 85
  • 2015-11-11 Philthy Animal [Phil Taylor], English rock drummer (Motörhead), dies from liver failure at 61
  • 2016-01-17 Dale "Buffin" Griffin, English rock drummer (Mott The Hoople), dies at 67
  • 2016-04-06 Dennis Davis, American drummer (David Bowie), dies of cancer at 66
  • 2016-05-21 Nick Menza, American musician and drummer (Megadeth), dies at 51
  • 2017-01-24 Butch Trucks, American drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), dies at 69
  • 2017-12-07 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, dies at 81
  • 2018-03-03 Patrick Doyle, English drummer (Veronica Falls, Boys Forever), dies at 32
  • 2018-05-01 John "Jabo" Starks, American drummer (James Brown, The J.B.'s), dies at 79
  • 2018-06-12 Jon Hiseman, English drummer (Colosseum), dies at 73
  • 2018-06-13 [Dominic Joseph] D. J. Fontana, American drummer (drummer for Elvis), dies at 87
  • 2018-06-22 Vinnie Paul [Vincent Abbott], American heavy metal drummer (Pantera), dies of a heart condition at 54
  • 2019-03-11 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American drummer and session musician (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 90
  • 2019-10-06 [Peter] Ginger Baker, English drummer (Cream), dies at 80
  • 2020-04-30 Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, dies of an aortic aneurysm at 79
  • 2020-05-24 [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis' First Great Sextet), dies of lung cancer at 91