Mike and I start by discussing the DW/Roland acquisition that has been on everyones mind since it was recently announced. He uses his industry experience and knowledge to shine some light on what might be happening with this shocking announcement that took the drum world by storm. We then go through some historical examples of what happened to the big four drum brands (Gretsch, Ludwig, Slingerland, and Rogers) and hear about the ups and many downs of those acquisitions. Mike was the managing editor of Modern Drummer for many years and is now the Chief Creative Officer at Drum Factory Direct.
Drum Factory Direct site: https://www.drumfactorydirect.com/
DFD YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqTrh62hAxjR2TuexdJS13A/featured
Drum Click Podcast Network: https://www.thedrumclick.com
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Dom Famularo teaches us about Billy Gladstone, Sanford A, Moeller, and George L. Stone - the godfathers of drumming technique. He also shares many great stories from his journey through learning from the students of these great teachers including Shelly Manne, Jim Chapin, and Joe Morello. The lineage of educators that run from these three men runs so much deeper than I ever imagined.
This episode features one of my favorite Buddy Rich stories that I have ever heard. Dom got to hang out with Buddy and learn about his background as a young Vaudevillian who was on the road with Moeller, Stone, and Gladstone.
Dom is known as "Drummings Global Ambassador" and he does that name justice. He can be found at any given time performing clinics around the world and spreading the love of drums to everyone he meets.
The drum teacher lineage chart that we discussed:
The Sessions Panel on youtube:
Find Dom on Instagram at @Global2Dom
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Hal Blaine is one of the most recorded drummers in history and is an icon from the golden age of session musicians. We learn about Hals parents heroic journey to America, Hal's early years and time in the Army, and his meteoric rise as a first call studio drummer. Mike Megaffin's business card says "Hal Blaine Disciple" and he definitely lives up to that title with this very in-depth episode. Mike spent lots of time with Hal and learned tons of great stories about the years that Hal Blaine spent working for mafia types in seedy nightclubs through his rise to the top and love of all things luxurious.
Here is a link to the Hal Blaine Biography book we discussed on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3RgkjaV
Thanks to Milestone Percussion for sponsoring this episode! keep up to date with Ronn Dunnett/Milestone on socials at @dunnettclassicdrums
Franks Drum Shop was one of the four original drum stores in America and was a Midwest hot spot for drummers like Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson and many more as they passed through town. From 1938 to the mid 1980's, It had a world class repair shop, amazing sales floor, and a lesson program that had teachers that were absolute legends like Roy C. Knapp. Rob Cook wrote his first book in 1993 about Franks Drum Shop which originated from his life being changed by a visit to Franks as a very young man. This is a very interesting episode that his information that only someone like Rob Cook can provide!
You can purchase "Franks for the Memories" on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3RIFhiB
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Chris has come up with a great list of tips and tricks for gigging drummers of all levels. He shares how his Honda Fit has been converted into a mobile drum repair shop and everything that he keeps on hand to make sure he never misses a beat. Not only is Chris a long time gigging drummer around the Boston area, he is a successful animator going back to shows like "Dr. Katz", and "Home Movies". Now he works as a presenter for Adobe by day and a gigging drummer by night.
Here is Chris's website: https://keyframer.com/
Find him on social media at Boston Drummer / @chrisgeorgenes
Thanks to Mongiello Cymbals for sponsoring this episode! - www.mongiellocymbals.com
The Northup Drums Museum is one of the only "Playing Museums" in the world where you can play some of the most rare drums known to man. You can walk in the door and play a Slingerland Black Beauty, a Ludwig Top Hat and Cain kit and 30 other rare drum kits, plus cymbals, traps, and great memorabilia! Tim is an antique dealer by trade and has taken his families historical dairy barn and turned into an antique store upstairs, and one of the finest drum museums in the world downstairs, Enjoy this episode!
Here is a link to the Northup Drums Museum website: www.northupdrums.com
TIm's 1920's Drums facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/130530754731699
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Will takes us on a fascinating deep dive into what Ethnomusicology is and how it applies to drums and percussion around the world. We learn the process of how to study different cultures and learn about the music, the instruments, and how to appreciate and apply the styles. Will is a cool guy who has a great way of explaining an interesting educational topic. Enjoy this episode!
Check out Will's great YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/WilliamJohnsonmusic
and his website: https://williamjohnsonmusic.com/
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Joe Barthelette has created a very unique drum shop in Massachusetts that offers some extremely rare drum sets that are presented with his unique style. He is a young guy but has accumulated a vast knowledge of instrument through years of hunting down vintage drums and presenting at the drum shows. Every drum shop is different and it is fun to speak with the owners to see what makes their shop different and special - I look forward to doing more in the future!
Check out Wood and Weathers website here: https://woodandweatherdrumshop.com/
and find him on Instagram at @woodandweatherdrumshop
OCDP is one of the most iconic brand of the late 90's/Early 2000's with endorsees like Travis Barker, Chad Sexton, Adrien Young, and Taylor Hawkins. My guests are Michael Kelley who was a part of OCDP from the very beginning through the mid 2000's and Jarrod Fallon who is an OCDP enthusiast, collector, and restorer. These two guys together cover the somewhat mysterious background of this iconic brand that was a part of the rock and roll zeitgeist of the early 2000's. We discuss the early days as a So-Cal drum shop, the wild designs, vented snares, famous endorsers, the rise and fall of the company and much more!
Check out Michael's new drum company: www.kelleydrums.com
Thanks to Twin Cities Drum Collective for sponsoring this episode!
Rob Cook, founder of the Chicago Drum Show and Author of "The Complete History of Leedy Drums" and "The Leedy Way", gives us the complete history of the Leedy Drum Company. The amazing story begins with U.G. Leedy producing snare stands in his apartment in Indianapolis and evolves into becoming the largest manufacturer of drums in the world. Rob also teaches us about George Ways involvement in the rise and fall of Leedy.
Rob is the author of many great books (The Slingerland Book, The Ludwig Book, The Rogers Book..etc) and "The Leedy Way" via Hal Leanord Publishing. I highly recommend reading anything that he writes, they are the most complete histories of all the major drum companies.
You can purchase all of his books through his website, www.rebeats.com
**This episode was originally released in December 2018 as Episode 6.**
Drum Archive is the online home of more drum catalogs in one place than you will find anywhere else in the world! Andy has created a resource that I personally use multiple times a week and has become essential for vintage drum enthusiasts to learn and research about the instrument that we love. He shares the story of how and why he created this site and why he has such a passion for archiving drum catalogs!
Check out the site at www.drumarchive.com
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Chick Webb fell down the stairs as a child and smashed multiple vertebrae which left him with a serious physical handicap, but he still managed to become one of the best drummers in the world in his short 30 year life. Chick Webb is one of the god fathers of modern drumming and was revered by Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and every top drummer of the 1920's and 30's. Chet is the author of a great Chick Webb biography book and has extensive knowledge about Chick, Billy Gladstone, and vintage Gretsch drums. Chick died very young but accomplished an incredible amount in that time - enjoy this great underdog story!
Here is Chets book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chick-Webb-Spinnin-Little-Giant/dp/1574243098/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2CETL6TZBXNXV&keywords=Chick+Webb+Spinnin%27+the+Webb%3A+The+Little+Giant&qid=1657597127&sprefix=chick+webb+spinnin%27+the+webb+the+little+giant%2Caps%2C38&sr=8-1
Thanks to Lowboy Beaters for sponsoring this episode - use code DRUMHISTORY at www.lowboybeaters.com to save 15% off
A group of armed bandits robbed the Payroll at the Gretsch Manufacturing Co. in 1927! This article has never been seen by the modern Gretsch family or Gretsch employees and is a glimpse into an exciting and scary situation that happened in Brooklyn at the factory!
Here is the episode with Lucas von Gretsch: https://www.drumhistorypodcast.com/post/ep-159-gretsch-the-eternal-brand-with-lucas-von-gretsch
Lucas takes us back to the Victorian Era when Gretsch was founded in 1883 and gives a family members inside scoop on this iconic drum brand. Lucas covers the origins of the company up to the 1950's in this episode which includes the birth of the drum set, the explosion of jazz, the great depression, and surviving through World War 2. We hear about all of the Gretsch family members and the important role each person had in the development of the brand over the last 139 years.
Check out all the great Gretsch Drums currently available at: https://www.gretschdrums.com/
Here is the Gretsch Heritage series: https://youtu.be/cxMMgojtsHE
English Newspaper articles about Premier selling drums behind the Iron Curtain to Soviet Russia and West Germany. This was a big part of Premiers business at the time and this made the evening news around the UK! Be sure to check out the other full length interview episodes of the podcast.
Here is a link to this episode on YouTube so you can see the original article: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCji5q4G2pY
EDIT -- I said Dr. Della-Porta when it should be Mr. Della-Porta. He wasn't a doctor :)
1938 Drum Newspaper Ad for Gene Krupas "Drum Method" book from the Daily News in New York City. Gene Krupa is one of the god fathers of modern drumming and is responsible for many drummers picking up the sticks in the mid 20th Century.
His drum book came out in the same year and can still be purchased today, here is a link to it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gene-Krupa-Drum-Method/dp/0760400857
Here are some podcast episodes that I have done about Gene with Krupa expert, Brooks Tegler:
-A Biography of Gene Krupa: https://youtu.be/mO98TNoNyEw
-The Utimate Gene Krupa Gear Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvZ58uqa4Zs
-Discovering Gene Krupas Lost Drum Collection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga7f0sEk1YI
Thanks for watching and thanks to my friend Jerry Reiman for compiling these articles.
This is a classic episode that I am excited to re-release! Charlie Watts purchased Gene Krupas long lost drum collection - what is better than that?! I also announce the start of a new series that I am launching simultaneously with the release of episode. Listen to learn more!
Original Description: A large collection of Gene Krupa's gear has been in a storage unit since 1973 and has recently been discovered! If that wasn't enough...It was all purchased by the legendary Charlie Watts! Our friend Brooks Tegler was the man who authenticated this collection and shares the story with us.
Are the myths true about Gene playing a Dynasonic? You'll have to listen to find out! Brooks takes us through the whole story of how this amazing collection was found and what was included, and how it ended up with a Rolling Stone.
You can find the full report that Brooks created for this collection at his blog:
Purchase physical GK book here: http://rebeats.com/books.html
and the Digital copy here: https://hudsonmusic.com/product/gk-the-tools-that-built-the-gene-krupa-legend/
In addition to Pork Pie, Bill has been the man behind the scenes doing work for DW, Tama, Mapex, new Rogers, OCDP, Gruv-X and a number of other brands for over 3 decades. Bill has also been building drums, doing edges, and painting drums for massive artists like Tre Cool, Chad Smith, Mike Bordin, and countless others all out of his small California shop where he has had a huge influence on the drum industry. This episode is full of great information about the full history of Pork Pie, but also things like the brand new Rogers drums that Bill is building in his shop, the Gruv-X brand he created with Russ Miller, and lots of interesting industry stories along the way.
Enjoy this episode and be sure to check out the bonus episode at patreon.com/drumhistorypodcast
WFL Drums was born in 1937 when William F. Ludwig sold the company and rights to use his name to CG Conn and he became a competitor with Ludwig and Ludwig Drums. Kurt is an expert on this roughly 18-year period where William F. Ludwig and The Chief (William II) operated out of the Damen Ave factory as WFL Drum Co. and created beautiful drum sets and hardware that are still revered today. We discuss the initial opening of the factory, the war-time era, and the eventual purchase of the Ludwig name back from Conn in the mid-1950s. Kurt has a great collection and really knows his stuff - enjoy this episode!
Here are some other Ludwig related Podcast episodes:
EP 8 - The History of Ludwig Drums with William F. Ludwig III:
EP 44 - The History of the Ludwig Black Beauty with Uli Salazar:
EP 61 - Living a Ludwig Life with Jim Catalano
EP 95 - The History of Ludwig Bass Drum Pedals with Steve Zemanek
EP145 - Ludwigs Role in the Development of Plastic Drumheads with Bill Ryder
EP 153 - Ludwig Supraphonic History with Uli Salazar