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SKF Blog Audio - Frankie Dunlop: Gene Krupa Arranges Slingerland Endorsement

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SKF NOTE: Gene Krupa's kindness to Frankie Dunlop early in Frankie's career is covered in my blog post, Frankie Dunlop: Gene Krupa’s Kindness to an Upcoming Drummer. In this audio excerpt you can hear Frankie telling the whole story. Frankie was playing a "rattletrap" set of drums with Maynard Ferguson's big band. Krupa, who was on the same bill that day, liked Frankie's playing, and offered Frankie an Slingerland drum endorsement - including a new set of drums annually.

 

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Thanks, Scott. Great to hear Frankie.


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Thank you. // skf


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I think it's cool that Frankie didn't really care about the brand of drums, as long as they sounded good. He was just grateful to Gene for getting him an endorsement so he would be in all the drum ads in the magazines. It made Frankie more visible, and it helped his career. 

 

A great drummer creates his own sound. The brand of drums doesn't matter.  But the publicity involved with an endorsement can help a drummer's career a lot. 


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