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Earl Palmer was the New Orleans drummer who largely defined the beat of rock 'n roll on thousands of recordings from the late 1940s on. Dapper and outspoken, Earl Palmer may well have been the most recorded drummer in the history of popular music. He stamped his sound on everything from early Fats Domino and Little Richard hits to classic movie soundtracks to music for "The Flintstones" cartoon. Palmer recorded with Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke, Glen Campbell, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Sonny & Cher, the Supremes and the Monkees, among many others. He was the drummer on Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep Mountain High," the Righteous Brothers' smash "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and Ritchie Valens' signature "La Bamba." "He's the trunk of the tree of drumming, if not a big ol' root," said renowned New Orleans jazz, funk and rhythm & blues drummer Johnny Vidacovich


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums

Read "Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz and the movies have a shared history stretching back almost a hundred years. The relationship came into its own in the US in the mid twentieth century. Elia Kazan's 1950 movie Panic In The Streets is an early example of how film makers used jazz-based soundtracks to enhance drama and atmosphere and create ambiances of ...


Article: Book Review

Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

Read "Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis StoryGeorge LipsitzHardcover; 264 pagesISBN-10 0816666784University of Minnesota Press2010 For six decades, Johnny Otis played just about every role you can play in the music business: musician (on drums, vibes and piano), singer, songwriter, arranger, bandleader, talent maven, ...


Article: Album Review

Willie Buck: The Life I Love

Read "The Life I Love" reviewed by Nic Jones

It's always a joy to hear the Chicago blues when it isn't cut with anything, and this is as pure as it comes. Willie Buck has been leading bands in the city for over forty years and this material was committed for posterity some twenty eight years ago. Passing time hasn't diminished it however and it ...


News: Performance / Tour

Tateng Katindig Trio Live One Night Only April 2, 2009 Upstairs at Vitello's New Jazz Room

Tateng Katindig Trio Live One Night Only April 2, 2009 Upstairs at Vitello's New Jazz Room

Pianist Eduardo Katindig Jr. known to his family, friends and the music circle as “Tateng" is making a rare appearance April 2nd 2009 with his Trio ,vocals April Williams, in “The Hippest new Jazz Room in Studio City" and making waves as a Jazz pianist in the Los Angeles area. He was born in the Philippines ...


News: Obituary

Earl Palmer Funeral Announced

Earl Palmer Funeral Announced

Famed Drummer Earl Palmer Open Service Friends: In case you haven't heard, we were asked by Earl's family to let our musicians know that Earl's viewing will be held this Sunday, September 28, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and the burial services will be this Tuesday, September 30, at 2 PM. Both the viewing and ...


News: Obituary

Earl Palmer Legendary Rock 'N' Roll Drummer Dies at 83

Earl Palmer Legendary Rock 'N' Roll Drummer Dies at 83

Earl Palmer, a New Orleans drummer who provided the distinctive backbeat for seminal rock 'n' roll songs by Fats Domino and Little Richard, then traveled west to become one of Hollywood's busiest session musicians, has died. He was 83. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, Palmer died Friday at his home ...



Label: Ace Records
Released: 1999


Percolator / Midnight In Moscow

Label: Warner Bros. Records
Released: 1962



Label: Warner Bros. Records
Released: 1961


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