Saturday, March 23, 2013

Let There Be Drums

Bio of the great "Wrecking Crew" session drummer available via AROUSE YOUR PASSION (I got a copy from my local library).  Notes from the dust jacket:

That's him playing drums on Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti," Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'," and Lloyd Price's "Lawdy Miss Clawdy"; on the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High"; and on Sam Cooke's "Shake," "You Send Me," and "Twistin' the Night Away."  That's him on the television themes to IRONSIDE, THE ODD COUPLE, 77 SUNSET STRIP, and even THE BRADY BUNCH.  He's been a session man for Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Ray Charles, and Count Basie.  As a studio player in New Orleans and Los Angeles from the 1940s through the 1970s, Earl Palmer co-created hundreds of hits and transformed the lope of rhythm and blues into the full-tilt thrust of rock and roll.


Earl Palmer's Party Rockers - Johnny's House Party Pt. 1 (YouTube)

Earl Palmer & his Ten Piece Rockin' Band - Drum Village Pt. 1 (YouTube)
                                                                       Drum Village Pt. 2 (YouTube)

Earl Palmer - One Mint Julep (YouTube)

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