Happy Birthday, Gene Krupa
Monday, January 15, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | birthday
Eugene Bertram "Gene" Krupa lived from January 15,
to October 16, 1973. He was an American jazz and big band drummer, actor
composer, known for his highly energetic and flamboyant style.
One of my all-time favorite non-piano songs is Sing Sing Sing. Krupa joined Benny Goodman's band in 1934, where his featured drum work made him a national celebrity. His tom-tom interludes on their hit "Sing, Sing, Sing" were the first extended drum solos to be recorded commercially.
The Benny Goodman big band playing Sing Sing Sing, featuring Gene Krupa at the end. We get the added benefit of hearing Mr. Harry James play a trumpet solo.
Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich: Famous Drum Battle