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Gene Krupa

Eugene Bertram Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was an American jazz drummer, band leader, actor, and composer known for his energetic style and showmanship. His drum solo on "Sing, Sing, Sing" (1937) elevated the role of the drummer from an accompanying line to an important solo voice in the band.

In collaboration with the Slingerland drum and Zildjian cymbal manufacturers, he was a major force in defining the standard band drummer's kit. Krupa is considered "the founding father of the modern drumset" by Modern Drummer magazine.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 15th, 1909 (Chicago), Died Yonkers

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1962

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums, traps, leader, composer, songwriter

Notes: Full name: Eugene Bertram Krupa

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 132 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-56727 10-in. 9/30/1929 Lookin' good but feelin' bad Fats Waller’s Buddies ; Four Wanderers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-56728 10-in. 9/30/1929 I need someone like you Fats Waller’s Buddies ; Four Wanderers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-57145 10-in. 11/14/1929 Hello Lola Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-57146 10-in. 11/14/1929 One hour Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums, composer  
Victor BVE-59800 10-in. 5/21/1930 Rockin' chair Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-62301 10-in. 5/21/1930 Barnacle Bill, the sailor Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra ; Carson Robison Jazz/dance band, with 2 male vocal solos and male vocal chorus instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-92546 10-in. 7/1/1935 Sometimes I'm happy Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-92547 10-in. 7/1/1935 King Porter Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-92549 10-in. 7/1/1935 Jingle bells Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-92704 10-in. 7/13/1935 After you've gone Benny Goodman Trio ; Gene Krupa ; Teddy Wilson Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-92705 10-in. 7/13/1935 Body and soul Benny Goodman Trio ; Gene Krupa ; Teddy Wilson Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-92706 10-in. 7/13/1935 Who? Benny Goodman Trio Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-92707 10-in. 7/13/1935 Someday sweetheart Benny Goodman Trio ; Gene Krupa ; Teddy Wilson Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-96299 10-in. 11/22/1935 Sandman Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-97017 10-in. 9/27/1935 Madhouse Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-97752 10-in. 8/21/1936 Moon glow Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-97772 10-in. 8/26/1936 Dinah Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-97773 10-in. 8/26/1936 Exactly like you Benny Goodman Trio ; Lionel Hampton Jazz/dance trio, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-97774 10-in. 8/26/1936 Vibraphone blues Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, traps, songwriter  
Victor BS-100012 10-in. 2/29/1936 I hope Gabriel likes my music Gene Krupa's Swing Band ; Benny Goodman Jazz/dance band, with clarinet solo leader  
Victor BS-100013 10-in. 2/29/1936 Mutiny in the parlor Gene Krupa's Swing Band ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-100014 10-in. 2/29/1936 I'm gonna clap my hands Gene Krupa's Swing Band ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-100015 10-in. 2/29/1936 Swing is here Gene Krupa's Swing Band Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Victor BS-100395 10-in. 4/23/1936 China boy Benny Goodman Trio Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-100396 10-in. 4/23/1936 More than you know Benny Goodman Trio Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, traps  
(Results 1-25 of 132 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Krupa, Gene," accessed October 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103342.

Krupa, Gene. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103342.

"Krupa, Gene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103342

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