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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 51-75 of 108 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-042756 10-in. 9/28/1939 A table in a corner Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-042757 10-in. 9/28/1939 If what you say is true Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-042758 10-in. 9/28/1939 Without a dream to my name Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-043316 10-in. 10/26/1939 Love is here Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-043317 10-in. 10/26/1939 All in fun Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-043318 10-in. 10/26/1939 All the things you are Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-043319 10-in. 10/26/1939 You're a lucky guy Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-043367 10-in. 11/9/1939 Shadows Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-043368 10-in. 11/9/1939 I didn't know what time it was Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-043369 10-in. 11/9/1939 Do I love you Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-043370 10-in. 11/9/1939 When love beckoned (In 52nd Street) Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-048939 10-in. 4/23/1940 East of the sun (and west of the moon) Tommy Dorsey ; Sentimentalists Jazz/dance octet, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-048940 10-in. 4/23/1940 Head on my pillow Tommy Dorsey ; Sentimentalists Jazz/dance octet, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-051278 10-in. 6/13/1940 Funny Little Pedro Tommy Dorsey ; The Pied Pipers ; Sentimentalists Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-051279 10-in. 6/13/1940 Whispering Tommy Dorsey ; The Pied Pipers ; Sentimentalists Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-051280 10-in. 6/13/1940 Quiet please! (It's the drummer in me) Tommy Dorsey ; Buddy Rich ; Sentimentalists Jazz/dance band, with drum solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-051878 10-in. 7/17/1940 So what! Tommy Dorsey ; Don Lodice ; Sentimentalists Jazz/dance band, with tenor saxophone solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-055108 10-in. 10/16/1940 Swing time up in Harlem Connie Haines ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-055109 10-in. 10/16/1940 Swing high Ziggy Elman ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with trumpet soloist instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-055110 10-in. 10/16/1940 Do you know why Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-055111 10-in. 10/16/1940 Isn't that just like love Connie Haines ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-055112 10-in. 10/16/1940 Swanee River Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-060331 10-in. 1/16/1941 Bugle call rag Metronome All Star Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-060332 10-in. 1/16/1941 One o'clock jump Metronome All Star Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-060346 10-in. 1/20/1941 I tried Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 51-75 of 108 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rich, Buddy," accessed May 25, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103419.

Rich, Buddy. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 25, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103419.

"Rich, Buddy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 25 May 2024.

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

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