Drums: Buddy Rich
Bernard Rich better known as Buddy Rich was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 30, 1917. He was known for prodigious talent in the drums. He started his career as a child in vaudeville, a type of entertainment popular in the US in the early 20th century. He began to play at before his second birthday. He appeared in Broadway at the age at 4 and toured at the age of 6. He also singed and danced but drumming was his most impressive talent. Later in life he joined bandleader Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey. During World War 2 he enlisted for the Marines but once the war ended he began to play the drums once again. Rich is also known for his short temper. He would explode on fellow musicians. He was recorded while going off on his band members which was exposed to the public. Rather than knowing him for his wonderful talent he was known for his short temper and disrespecting his band. Many believe that Rich would express himself in such a manner to demonstrate to younger musicians that he took his work serious and he didn’t tolerate anyone who wasn’t serious about music like he was. Unfortunately Buddy pasted away in Los Angeles, California on April 2, 1987 due to a chemotherapy.
In December of 1938 Rich joined Artie Shaw, a famous jazz bandleader and clarinetist. During this time period big bands were the musical phenomenon in the U.S., and Shaw was one of the best. Rich made the band swing as it never had before. Besides being great musicians both Shaw and Rich were disliked by many. Rich had an advantage because the Shaw orchestra would appear on a weekly radio show where he was recognized by other musicians.
The following year Rich was hired by bandleader Tommy Dorsey. Dorsey’s band had a young singer named Frank Sinatra. Both Sinatra and Rich traveled on tours together but both men had similar personalities which caused them to clash with one another. Rich didn’t have much luck with the Dorsey band because...
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