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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 October 16th, 1973 (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 26-50 of 132 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-100397 10-in. 4/23/1936 All my life Benny Goodman Trio Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-100500 10-in. 4/27/1936 Oh, lady be good! Benny Goodman Trio Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-100501 10-in. 4/27/1936 Nobody's sweetheart Benny Goodman Trio Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-100502 10-in. 4/27/1936 Too good to be true Benny Goodman Trio ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance trio, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-02103 10-in. 10/7/1936 Riffin' at the Ritz Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-02460 10-in. 11/5/1936 Bugle call rag Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-03062 10-in. 11/18/1936 Sweet Sue (Just you) Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-03063 10-in. 11/18/1936 My melancholy baby Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-03064 10-in. 11/18/1936 Tiger rag Benny Goodman Trio Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-03549 10-in. 12/9/1936 When you and I were young, Maggie Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-03550 10-in. 12/9/1936 Gee! But you're swell Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-03551 10-in. 12/9/1936 Smoke dreams Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-03552 10-in. 12/9/1936 Swing low, sweet chariot Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-03872 10-in. 12/30/1936 He ain't got rhythm Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-03873 10-in. 12/30/1936 Never should have told you Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Margaret McCrae Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-03874 10-in. 12/30/1936 This year's kisses Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Margaret McCrae Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-03875 10-in. 12/30/1936 You can tell she comes from Dixie Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Margaret McCrae Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-04235 10-in. 1/14/1937 Goodnight my love Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-04236 10-in. 1/14/1937 I want to be happy Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-04237 10-in. 1/14/1937 Chlo-e (Song of the swamp) Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-04238 10-in. 1/14/1937 Rosetta Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-04561 10-in. 2/3/1937 Runnin' wild Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-04582 10-in. 2/8/1937 My last affair Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-04583 10-in. 2/8/1937 Jivin' the vibres Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-04584 10-in. 2/8/1937 The mood that I'm in Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
(Results 26-50 of 132 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Krupa, Gene," accessed April 13, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103342.

Krupa, Gene. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103342.

"Krupa, Gene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 13 April 2021.

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

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