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  • Gary is a historian and expert on all things Ringo Starr. He has curated Ringo's collection of original Beatles drum kits and is full of great stories about Ringo that you won't hear from anyone else!
    We talk about a biography of Ringo, A description of all of his drum sets through the years, and Garys involvement with Ringo and his drums including over 4 million dollars in auction sales from Ringo's collection that Gary curated.
    Check out Gary's website at https://www.ringosbeatlekits.com/ to learn about everything Ringo and also book Gary to speak at your event!
    Thanks for listening, if you like the show give me a rating and leave a review!

  • This James Brown song from 1969 made a very small splash at first, until it's beat was re-discovered in the 80's and changed the world of music forever. We take a deep dive learning everything about Clyde Stubblefield's Funky Drummer beat including how and where it was recorded, the gear he used, the impact on music, and Clyde's legacy. 
    Dylan Wissing has created "sample replays" for artists such as Kanye West, Eminem, TI, John Legend and many more. Find out how he recreates drum beats like Funky Drummer for mega artists so they can legally get the sound of classic breakbeats.
    Check out Dylan at www.gettingthesound.com to learn directly from Dylan! You can also check out his website here: http://dylanwissing.com/

    Check out Getting The Sound on Instagram at @gettingthesound and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GettingtheSound/

    Thanks for listening to this funky episode! Find me on social media @drumhistory_podcast for daily drum videos and visit www.drumhistorypodcast.com to for more Drum History.

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  • This very special episode takes a deep dive into the history of New Orleans Jazz and features multiple interviews that I did in New Orleans while I was there to see the Rolling Stones and meet Charlie Watts in July, 2019. I was lucky enough to sit down with Stanton Moore and get the full history of Nola Jazz, and also go backstage with Walter Harris and Joe Lastie at Preservation Hall Jazz Club, plus even more information from Greg Lambousy of the Nola Jazz Museum.

    New Orleans is one of the few places that can be called the home of Jazz. We cover as much of this history as possible with the help of these four great guests. I also tell the story of why I was in New Orleans and the amazing Rolling Stones experience I had thanks to Don McAulay (Charlie Watts Drum Tech) and the crazy few days I had visiting the city. We end the episode with a great interview with Greg Lambousy about the Drumsville exhibit at the New Orleans Jazz Museum that features tons of amazing pieces of Drum History.

    -Stanton Moore is a world class clinician, educator and the drummer for Galactic. You can check him out at www.stantonmoore.com
    Here is a link to the Ned Sublette book that he mentioned: https://www.amazon.com/World-That-Made-New-Orleans/dp/1556529589


    -Walter Harris is the touring drummer for the Preservation Jazz Hall Band and tours the world spreading New Orleans Jazz.
    -Joe Lastie was the touring drummer for 27 years and is still performing regularly at the Preservation Hall Jazz Club. Find out more about Pres Hall here: https://www.preservationhalljazzband.com
    -Greg Lambousy is the director of the Nola Jazz Museum and was a wealth of information about New Orleans Jazz in general. Check it out here: https://nolajazzmuseum.org/

    Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy this special episode!

  • Sezar teaches us the full History of Istanbul Agop, dating back to its origins in the Zildjian K Factory where Agop Tomurcuk learned how to make cymbals. We discuss how hand hammered cymbals are made and why Turkey is so special for cymbal making. We learn all about the history of the different lines Istanbul Agop offers and also the story behind the split with Istanbul Mehmet.
    Sezar Inceoglu is the International Sales Manager at Istanbul Agop and is a wealth of knowledge who is very passionate about the company.
    Check out Istanbul Agop online at https://istanbulcymbals.com/ and find them on instagram at @istanbulagop
    -Thanks for listening! FInd me on social media at @drumhistory_podcast and leave me a review if you like the show!

  • Matt takes us on a deep dive into the early mistreatment of drummers in the musicians labour unions dating back to the early 20th century, through the rise of the "Radio Stars" of the 1940's all the way up to the great session drummers like Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer. The episode kicks off by learning the origins of drummer jokes that we have all heard through our careers and is full of great information throughout.
    Dr. Matt Brennan is an author, musician, and educator at the University of Glasgow. He is a wealth of knowledge and is extremely down-to-earth and very passionate about drums. We are discussing his latest book: "Kick It: A Social History of The Drum Kit", specifically Chapter 5 - "Working Drummers, Musical Labour, Role Playing, and Authorship".
    This episode is Part 1 of our conversation, part 2 will come down the road and feature the Rock and Roll greats of the 60's and 70's along with writing credits for drummers.
    Matt provided a promo code to save 30% off "Kick It: A Social History of The Drum Kit".
    Use code "AAFLYG6" at this link: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/kick-it-9780190683870?lang=en&cc=us

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  • Drum Engraving goes back to the 1920's when drums such as the Slingerland and Ludwig Black Beauty's would become legendary thanks to the intricate engraving on the metal shells. Fast forward to today, John is the man behind the hand engraving for companies such as Ludwig, A&F, DW, Pearl, C&C and Joyful Noise.
    He is also the founder of the amazing publication "Not So Modern Drummer", which has been an amazing resource for vintage drum enthusiasts for almost 30 years. We go through the full history of NSMD and tons of other great vintage drum talk along the way.

    Check out Johns website at:
    https://drumscratcher.com/

    here is the current version of Not So Modern Drummer which is run by George Lawrence:
    https://www.notsomoderndrummer.com/

    Here are some great NSMD articles by Bob Campbell about John Aldridge that go into further detail about this topic and have great pictures:
    https://www.notsomoderndrummer.com/not-so-modern-drummer/2019/5/8/the-drum-engravers-part-1-john-aldridge
    https://www.notsomoderndrummer.com/not-so-modern-drummer/2019/10/25/the-drum-engravers-part2-john-aldridge-custom-works

    Thanks for listening!

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  • George Way is one of the most innovative people in drum history, and is known as the godfather of the modern drum set. George passed away in 1969, but Ronn Dunnett has been carrying on the legacy of George Way Drums since 2006. 
    George worked for basically all of the classic American drum companies including Leedy, Slingerland, Rogers and many more. His designs were decades ahead of what was being used at the time and many of his inventions are still found on the modern drum set. Ronn and I go through the entire life of George H. Way and many of his greatest contributions, plus the many ups and downs he faced in his career. George was faced with tragedy towards the end of his ownership of his own company which later turned into Camco, but he continued to work in the world of drumming until the end of his life.
    Ronn tells us all about how he acquired George Way Drum's and the relationship he has had with DW about the use of the round lugs (a George Way invention). He is also the owner of Dunnet Classic Drums and makes some of the finest drums available today and is a master drum builder.
    -You can check out Dunnett Classic Drums here: http://www.dunnett.com/

    -The George Way Drums website with the history I reference in this episode: http://waydrums.com/

    -Here is a wonderful article written by Bob Campbell for Modern Drummer about George Way Drums and Ronn Dunnett:
    https://www.moderndrummer.com/article/february-2018-george-way-drum-company/

    -Here is a link to Rob Cook's book "The Leedy Way" which is an amazing source for information on both Leedy and George Way: https://www.halleonard.com/product/266454/the-leedy-way

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  • We learn the evolution of how early drummers learned their craft by watching other drummers who passed through town and by apprenticing with drummers such as Chick Webb and Art Blakey. Then came the advent of drum notation books which allowed young drummers to learn at home, followed by drum tapes and DVD's, and now social media which has drastically changed the learning process.

    Stephen also teaches us all about brain science and how we can better use our practice time to most efficiently evolve as drummers. We talk about tons of other great topics in this episode revolving around practice and learning from our percussion ancestors. Stephen Taylor is a wealth of information and really came very well prepared for the interview, enjoy!

    Check out Stephen's website here: https://www.stephensdrumshed.com/

    And be sure to listen to his podcast "The Drum Show" available on all podcast platforms. 

    He is on social media as @stephensdrumshed

    In this episode, I also mention Queen City Drums - Check out this great Cincinnati drums at https://www.queencitydrums.com/ and find them on social media at QueenCityDrums

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  • Bernie purchased the original Slingerland radio frequency drum shell making machinery on an Ebay auction in 2001, and that began his decade long quest to figure out how they work. He went through hundreds of attempts to figure out how these incredibly complex machines created drum shells before he got help from from Jack Moritz, a former Slingerland employee who ran the machines for 22 years. Once that happened, Bernie was off and running and making drum shells in under 5 minutes under his new company, Stone Custom Drum.
    Learn all about how Radio Frequencies we're used to create drum shells, and also we discuss the recent acquisition of Slingerland by DW, plus tons of other great stories along the way.
    Stone Custom Drum has Slingerland in its DNA, but is its own brand that creates beautiful, one of a kind drums. You can check them out at www.stonecustomdrum.com.
    In this episode, we also discuss Jim Moritz who is the owner of Chicago Drum. He was the guest on episode 4 and you can check him out at www.chicagodrum.com
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  • A Pearl tom mount on an ultra-rare Ludwig Top Hat and Cain kit? It happened... Steele teaches us his process of preserving and restoring classic drums in an effort to keep them as original as possible with tons of great stories along the way. We discuss the hierarchy of his process, beginning with diagnosing the wrap, followed by what to do if extra extra holes were drilled in the drums, and then fixing the bearing edges. He has an amazing way of looking at the history of drums and loads of experience with instruments that have been around longer than most of us have been alive.
    Steele Turkington is the owner of Kentville Drums in Sydney Australia and is a true master at the art of restoration. He is also the creator of the famous Kangaroo Hide Drumheads, learn all about him by visiting http://www.kentvilledrums.com.au
    And find him on social media at @kentville_drums

    Thanks for listening!
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  • The origins of the Hi-Hat pedal have long been debated, and Rob Cook introduces us to a new theory that a gentleman named Skip Retherford was the inventor in the 1922. This pre-dates Papa Jo Jones, who is widely thought to be the earliest user of the Hi-Hat. Rob shares this great story with us and how he got involved after Zildjian decided he was the best man to handle this information. Find out what happened to Skip's invention and learn everything else you could want to know about the Hi-Hat in this episode!
    Rob Cook is the founder of the Chicago Drum Show and runs www.rebeats.com . He is a wealth of information and publishes a number of great books that can be found on the Rebeats website. You can also hear him on previous episode of Drum history about the history of Leedy Drums.
    Here are the images of Rob's article about the hi-hat in Drum Magazine.
    http://rebeats.com/images/drum_magazine/hi-hat-part1-large.jpg
    http://rebeats.com/images/drum_magazine/hi-hat-part2-large.jpg

    Thanks for listening!
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  • In the roaring 20's, drummers would have beautiful hand painted artwork on their bass drum heads that would be illuminated by a lightbulb on the inside of the drum. This lightbulb looked great but also served a very necessary function, as well..keeping the calfskin heads from going out of tune when the temperature changes!

    Jim Messina is an icon in the vintage drum community and is the host and owner of Vintage Drums Talk. He is a long time collector and has expertise in many different areas, but in this case he shares his passion and knowledge about the painted bass drum heads with us.

    Jim's Vintage Drums Talk website: www.vintagedrumstalk.com
    Here is a link to Jim's video about these heads that we discuss in this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYNSnyoXqRs
    I highly recommend checking out his youtube page to see his coverage of the Chicago Vintage and Custom Drum Show, along with many other great videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq8_L90Sr8ER6nDDsCxoucQ

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  • Paul Francis, a 30 year employee of Zildjian, takes us back to 1618 when Avedis I discovered the alloy that changed music for ever. We go on a deep dive into every detail of Zildjians amazing history, including the struggles with trademarks, jealous cousins trying to steal the formula, and all of the amazing innovations that have been made along the way.
    We learn the whole family timeline and the contributions each family member brought to the company, and even learn about one uncles assassination attempt on a Sultan!
    Paul Francis is the Director of Cymbal Innovations for Zildjian and has climbed the ranks from sweeping floors and hanging Christmas decorations to now developing and creating the cymbals that we all know and love . You can hear the passion in his voice every time he talks about Zildjian and is an absolute expert on the topic with many first hand experiences with the older generations of Zildjians.
    Find him on Instagram at @cymbalcraftsman
    Visit Zildjians website for all kinds of great information: www.zildjian.com
    Thanks for listening!
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  • Nick takes us back to a time when trap drummers were king and could be found in every theater around the country. He shares his vast collection of sound effect Instruments with us and plays examples of some of his favorite pieces. He also tells us the full history of trap drummers and describes what it would have been like to be a working drummer in the early 1900's.
    Life was very different back then for musicians but drummers were never short of work thanks to the overwhelming need for theaters to keep the audience entertained by supplementing silent movies with sound effects. We learn all about where they would work, what instruments they would use, how they got around to the gigs, and the manufacturers who created these fascinating instruments.
    Here is some great information directly from Nicks website:
    "Few drummers these days recall the life of an early 20th century drummer, and the many circumstances they were faced with that would often require creativity, and an extensive branching out of their instrument collection. Basic additions to the trap kit were ratchets for off-beats, and triangles for soft strains and theatre work. When jobs at motion picture houses were widely in demand, sound effect instruments added realism to the silent screen. These basics of these would often include  a songbird whistle, cuckoo whistle, clog mallets (for dancing scenes), and a duck call that could produce farm animal sounds. Larger cinemas would separate the drummer from the effects, having a full table of “contraptions” (or "traps") for thunderstorm sounds, vehicle sounds, and animal sounds. Every time the screen showed a locomotive, a rooster, a gunshot, a doorbell, a dog barking, a streetcar, or even a growling bear, the traps drummer would be prepared!
    When the silent film era ended in 1927, the need for the more bizarre effects diminished. Jazz songs with amusing themes about train travel would have the drummer picking up the train whistle once in a while; and, a “billy goat stomp” would start with humorous bleat, but the need to pack your case with car horns and horse hooves was certainly gone. Sound effect instruments had a brief second calling in radio, but as many of the radio studios would build their own effects, the need for the portable traps that a drummer could buy from his local drum shop slowly faded away."
    Check out Nicks website here: http://www.vintagepercussionsoundeffects.com
    Find his awesome page on Instagram at @weeklytrapdrummer
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  • Herbie is a 32 year veteran of the Remo Company and shares the full history of the company with us, including the controversial debate between Evans and Remo and who was first to invent the synthetic drumhead. Remo is one of the most famous names in drums and it all stems back to one man, Remo Belli. Herbie was good friends with Remo and worked closely with throughout his career and shares many stories that come straight from Remo himself.
    We discuss the origins of synthetic heads and the trials and tribulations that faced that process, the introduction of C.S. Dot heads, Sparkletone heads, Remo Drumsets, RotoToms, World Percussion and a whole lot more. Herbie May has been there for the invention of many of these innovations and gives us a rare behind the scenes look at everything Remo!
    Check out the History page on the Remo website that we discuss here: https://remo.com/company/history/
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  • Learn the full history of Country Western drumming from its early jazz origins, to the "behind the curtain" days at the Grand Ole Opry, all the way up to the arena drummers of today. Before drummers became an integral part of Country music, they had to fight for the right to be on stage...and it didn't happen overnight.
    Matty Meyer is a Nashville drummer who has a deep knowledge and appreciation for the Roots of Country Music drumming. He is a working drummer who can always be found playing around Nashville and on the road with a number of great artists.
    Keep up with Matty by visiting his website: http://www.mattymeyer.com or finding him on Instagram at @Mattymeyerdrummer
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  • Founded by George Way, Camco is one of the most iconic brands in Drum History and it only existed for 17 years... Without Camco, we wouldn't have the iconic round lugs that were later made famous by DW and the classic 5000 pedal that we all know and love.
    Joe Luoma takes us through the history of this extremely sought after drum brand from the beginnings as the Geo. H. Way drum company, through the 4 seasons of the company, and the end when Tama and DW purchased all of the assets of the company. 
    Joe is not only a devoted Camco collector, he is also the creator of the iconic "Hot Rod" multi-sticks. He tells us about how they came about and exploded with the unplugged craze that happened in the early 90's. 
    You can meet Joe every year at the Chicago Drum Show and see his collection of Camco's in person!
    Joe also highly recommends the Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Hollywood, and St. Louis Drum Shows
    as well as the Vintage Camco Drums Facebook page.
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  • Dr. Clark wrote her dissertation on the origins of the jazz ride pattern and shares the full amazing history with us! She teaches us about the pioneers who brought the famous pattern to the forefront of jazz music and the variations that made it evolve over time.
    Colleen does an amazing job of explaining where things began in 1917 and ended up in 1941 with what we know as the jazz pattern today, but also fills us in on many great stories about our drumming heroes along the way including Tony Sbarbaro, Papa Jo Jones, Zooty Singleton and many more. She is truly a wealth of information and has a passion for drumming that is contagious!
    Keep up with Colleen by visiting her website at www.colleenclarkmusic.com
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  • Starting in 1849 as a maker of drumheads in Ireland, Rogers Drums has had a long life that is full of innovations such as the Dyna-Sonic snare, Swiv-O-Matic hardware, and countless iconic drum sets. Jeff and Po take us through the various eras of Rogers history in great detail, and we also learn about the recent resurgence of the iconic brand.
    Po Shy covers the first half of Rogers Drums that includes the origins in Dublin, followed by time in New York/New Jersey, and through the iconic Ohio days of production. Then, Jeff Burke teaches us about the Fullerton, California era when CBS purchased Rogers and the many owners and that followed.
    -Keep up with Jeff and Po by finding them on Facebook at the various Rogers Facebook groups  
    -Rogers Drums USA facebook group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1665871023670039/
    -Covington Drummers Group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/445087259289998/
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  • Drumming since he was 18 months old, Buddy Rich turned into one of the worlds most beloved drummers thanks to his incredible speed and tenacity on the kit. His story is full of tragedies and triumphs that shaped him into the one of a kind person that he became. His incredible passion and unwavering dedication to being a drummer took him to the top of the drumming world, but ultimately lead to his demise.
    Shawn Martin is a drumming historian who specializes in Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. He shares his vast knowledge of Buddy's life with us in a very detailed description that begins with Buddy's start as "Traps The Drum Wonder" at 18 months old, all the way through his remarkable career and death in 1987.
    Keep up with Shawn by visiting his website: www.drummerman.net - (This is his Gene website, but you can find all of his content for Buddy through the site)
    Find him on Instagram at @thecrippleddrummer and youtube at Drumuitar
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