“ Ba-dum-ba-dum-ba-dum-ba-dum-dum-dum, I can feel it coming in the air toniiiiight..” Seriously though, waiting a minute and a half for that iconic drum riff is so well worth it. It’s probably one of the greatest drum riffs of all time if you can call it a riff! And it was given to us by none other than Phil Collins, drum master.
He played for Genesis before going out on his own and has produced some fantastic albums (not to mention the score for “Tarzan.”) But sadly, the iconic drummer and vocalist recently shared that due to his declining health, he is no longer able to play the drums. A loss indeed.
Do you know the song “Be My Baby”? The groovy, funky, catchy beat? Well, you can thank Hal Blaine for that contribution to music! While that’s one of his best-remembered tracks, he also worked alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, and Elvis!
His ability to adapt to any session, regardless of kit size (he’s even played on water jugs before for the Beach Boys!), makes him one of the greatest. He’s undoubtedly the most recorded drummer in history - once you’ve done over 35,000 of those, you’re good for it!
Imagine being on stage and playing on Broadway at the age of four. Yeah, imagine it - Buddy Rich was doing it! Known for his speed, power, and technical ability, Rich is one of the greatest drummers of all time. And self-taught to boot!
A real child prodigy, Rich had a love for big bands - and by the age of 15, he was one of the highest-paid child musicians in the 1930s! He was young, but he was prodigious in his drumming and played for legends Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald!
So we know that this Fort Worthian (yes, that’s what they call them in Texas) is a Foo Fighters and that he’s a lover of the Gretsch drum kit! But did you know that this isn’t his first rodeo on the drums? The skillful drummer was in fact, the drummer for Alanis Morissette before joining the Fooeys!
He’s probably one of the most influential drummers of all time. He cites Roger Taylor and Stewart Copeland as his main influences growing him, showing some classic rock roots there!
Oh yes, Pearl Jam. I mean, it was bound to appear on our list - and we do love a bit of classic rock. Matt Cameron, born in San Diego, California, is the drummer of Pearl Jam.
He’s a “top-shelf” drummer in metal circles but also has an ingrained knowledge of punk rock, which makes him a triple threat with an added ability to handle the more exotic time signatures! He’s a well-respected drummer and is known for his head-banging drumming!