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:
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