6 More Very Talented Percussion Masters

Once again, my thanks for all of the great suggestions. You keep ‘em coming, I’ll keep posting them up. And once again, the standard disclaimer – I can only post so many songs per/article, so if I did not (yet) post someone you feel is relevant and a great percussionist, please make a suggestion in the comments. This is one of several open-ended series of articles, and there are hundreds of great drummers out there, so please be patient.


Peart joined Rush in 1974, just two weeks before the beginning of a major tour, and just four months after their self-titled debut album.

1. Neil Peart – (with Rush) – “Tom Sawyer


A “by request” by Kathy Shaidle.

2. Topper Headon (with the Clash) – “The Magnificent Seven


I particularly enjoyed the reminder about Appice. During the 70s, he taught percussion to a variety of students – one of whom I served in the Army with (and who himself later became, briefly, one of America’s most “famous” Hackers – how odd is that?).

3. Carmine Appice (with Vanilla Fudge) – “You Keep me Hanging On


While it’s not one of my “go to” musical forms, this man is damned fast, he is almost a blur of activity.

4. Pete Sandoval – “Generation Chaos”


In 1969, they were the very first act signed by Motown that was an all-white band and that played strictly Rock and Roll.


5. Peter Rivera (with Rare Earth) – “Big Brother

A few years ago, Rolling Stone magazine rated him as the greatest drummer of all time.  Zeppelin was so in synch with each other, that following his untimely death in 1980, the band decided to break up, issuing the following press statement – “We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.”

6. John Bonham – “Kashmir


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