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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 126-132 of 132 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 90461 10-in. 11/19/1935 Jazz me blues Gene Krupa and his Chicagoans instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 90462 10-in. 11/19/1935 Three little words Gene Krupa and his Chicagoans instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 90463 10-in. 11/19/1935 Blues of Israel Gene Krupa and his Chicagoans instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 112664 9/27/1962 Begin the beguine Cozy Cole instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 112665 9/27/1962 I love Paris Cozy Cole instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 112666 9/27/1962 What is this thing called love? Cozy Cole instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 112667 9/27/1962 I could have danced all night Cozy Cole instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 126-132 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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