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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 51-75 of 132 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-04585 10-in. 2/8/1937 Stomp Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-09569 10-in. 7/6/1937 Peckin' Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-09570 10-in. 7/6/1937 Can't we be friends? Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PCS-09571 12-in. 7/6/1937 Sing, sing, sing Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PCS-09572 12-in. 7/6/1937 Sing, sing, sing Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-09576 10-in. 7/7/1937 Roll 'em Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-09577 10-in. 7/7/1937 When it's sleepy time down South Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-09578 10-in. 7/7/1937 Afraid to dream Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Betty Van Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-09579 10-in. 7/7/1937 Changes Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-09627 10-in. 7/30/1937 Avalon Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-09628 10-in. 7/30/1937 Handful of keys Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-09632 10-in. 7/30/1937 The man I love Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-09633 10-in. 8/2/1937 Smiles Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-09634 10-in. 8/2/1937 Liza Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-015575 10-in. 10/29/1937 Where or when Benny Goodman Trio Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-015576 10-in. 10/29/1937 Silhouetted in the moonlight Benny Goodman Trio ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance trio, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-015577 10-in. 10/29/1937 Vieni, vieni Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-017039 10-in. 11/12/1937 You took the words right out of my mouth Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-017040 10-in. 11/12/1937 Mama, that moon is here again Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-017041 10-in. 11/12/1937 Loch Lomond Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-017042 10-in. 11/12/1937 Camel hop Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-017043 10-in. 11/12/1937 True confession Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-017044 10-in. 11/12/1937 Life goes to a party Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-017451 10-in. 12/2/1937 I'm a ding dong daddy from Dumas Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-017454 10-in. 12/3/1937 If dreams come true Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
(Results 51-75 of 132 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Krupa, Gene," accessed April 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103342.

Krupa, Gene. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103342.

"Krupa, Gene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 April 2021.

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

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