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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 101-108 of 108 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 63138 10-in. 1/7/1938 Bill Artists vary instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 63139 10-in. 1/7/1938 Singin' the blues Artists vary instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 63140 10-in. 1/7/1938 The sweetest story ever told Artists vary instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 63174 10-in. 1/18/1938 Bei mir bist du schoen Adrian Rollini Quintet instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 63175 10-in. 1/18/1938 Josephine Adrian Rollini Quintet instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 63176 10-in. 1/18/1938 You' re a sweetheart Adrian Rollini Quintet instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 63177 10-in. 1/18/1938 True confession Adrian Rollini Quintet instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 63178 10-in. 1/18/1938 I've hitched my wagon to a star Adrian Rollini Quintet instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 101-108 of 108 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rich, Buddy," accessed June 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103419.

Rich, Buddy. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103419.

"Rich, Buddy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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