Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa was an extraordinary, influential and flamboyant jazz drummer. He began his professional career playing with Benny Goodman, and later led his own bands. He appeared in movies (such as “Ball of Fire,” a favorite of mine, with Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Coooper). After his retirement from performing, he opened a music school, where he trained drummers including Kiss drummer Peter Criss and New York Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan. You’ll find loads of info about his career on Wikipedia. He’s fun to watch! Check him out:

The Recordings

Dark Eyes

 record label Group: Gene Krupa
Label: Columbia Matrix Number: Columbia (38147)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: March 8, 1945
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Performed by Gene Krupa Jazz Trio. This recording really showcases Krupa’s skills.

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After You've Gone

 record label Group: Gene Krupa
Label: Columbia Matrix Number: Columbia (38147)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: March 8, 1945
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Performed by Gene Krupa and his Orchestra, featuring Roy Eldridge on trumpet.

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Georgia On My Mind

 record label Group: Gene Krupa
Label: Okeh Matrix Number: Okeh (6118)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: March 12, 1941
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Performed by Gene Krupa and his Orchestra. Vocal by Anita O’Day.

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Alreet

 record label Group: Gene Krupa
Label: Okeh Matrix Number: Okeh (6118)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: March 12, 1941
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Performed by Gene Krupa and his Orchestra.

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