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Buddy Rich

Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer, songwriter, conductor, and bandleader. He is considered one of the most influential drummers of all time.

Rich was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, United States. He discovered his affinity for jazz music at a young age and began drumming at the age of two. He began playing jazz in 1937, working with acts such as Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, and Harry James. From 1942 to 1944, Rich served in the U.S. Marines. From 1945 to 1948, he led the Buddy Rich Orchestra. In 1966, he recorded a big-band style arrangement of songs from West Side Story. He found lasting success in 1966 with the formation of the Buddy Rich Big Band, also billed as the Buddy Rich Band and The Big Band Machine.

Rich was known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed. He was an advocate of the traditional grip, though he occasionally used matched grip when playing the toms. Despite his commercial success and musical talent, Rich never learned how to read sheet music, preferring to listen to drum parts and play them from memory.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 30, 1917 (Brooklyn), Died April 2, 1987 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1945

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums, traps

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 108 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-031491 10-in. 1/17/1939 Lover, come back to me Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031492 10-in. 1/17/1939 My heart stood still Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031493 10-in. 1/17/1939 Rosalie Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031494 10-in. 1/17/1939 Supper time Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031495 10-in. 1/17/1939 Vilia Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031823 10-in. 1/23/1939 The man I love Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031824 10-in. 1/23/1939 The donkey serenade Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031825 10-in. 1/23/1939 Bill Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031826 10-in. 1/23/1939 Zigeuner Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031827 10-in. 1/23/1939 Carioca Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031864 10-in. 1/31/1939 Alone together Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031865 10-in. 1/31/1939 Rose room Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031866 10-in. 1/31/1939 I want my share of love Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031867 10-in. 1/31/1939 It's all yours Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031868 10-in. 1/31/1939 This is it Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-031869 10-in. 1/31/1939 Delightful delirium Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-032961 10-in. 3/12/1939 Any old time Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-032962 10-in. 3/12/1939 I'm in love with the Honorable Mr. So and So Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-032963 10-in. 3/12/1939 Prosschai Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-032964 10-in. 3/12/1939 Deep purple Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-032965 10-in. 3/12/1939 I'm coming Virginia Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-032966 10-in. 3/12/1939 Pastel blue Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-032999 10-in. 3/17/1939 You grow sweeter as the years go by Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-035300 10-in. 3/17/1939 You're so indiff'rent Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-035301 10-in. 3/17/1939 Snug as a bug in a rug Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
(Results 1-25 of 108 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rich, Buddy," accessed June 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103419.

Rich, Buddy. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103419.

"Rich, Buddy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103419

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