Saturday, May 16, 2015


The first thing that comes to mind when I see the word stick? Drumsticks.

Remember Buddy Rich? He was on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson a lot in the 1970’s. He always struck me as sarcastic and even a little mean, but what a drummer he was.

That was him in 1978. He did all that while wearing a three-piece suit.

Buddy was influenced a lot by Gene Krupa, a pretty wild drummer himself. Remember him in “Ball of Fire,” which starred a few of my favorite actors, including Gary Cooper, the lovely Miss Barbara Stanwyck, and S. Z. Sakall?

Gene also played with the Benny Goodman Quartet, along with Goodman on clarinet, Teddy Wilson on piano, and Lionel Hampton on vibraphone. Here they are, playing Eddie Cantor’s “Avalon.” Introducing them is Doc Severinsen, for many years the Tonight Show‘s conductor and trumpet player extraordinaire.

Benny Goodman, by the way, was from Chicago…


I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that this was another Stream of Consciousness Saturday post. SoCS is hostedd by Linda Hill; her blog has all the details on how to join in the fun, so give the link a click!

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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