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    Louis Bellson’s 1940s Gretsch Kit in ‘A Song is Born’ Movie

    #SKFBlog - Louis Bellsons 1940s Gretsch Kit in A Song is Born Movie SKF NOTE: Theres quite a cast of jazz greats in this A Song is Born 1948 movie clip including a very young Louis Bellson on his original mid-1940s Gretsch double-bass drum set. Some wonderful footage of Louis. Watch for his...
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    SKFBlog Audio - Roy Burns Drum Clinic - Circa 1974

    SKFBlog Audio - Roy Burns Drum Clinic - Circa 1974 SKF NOTE: In August 2014, a few months after starting my blog, I posted my recollection about a Roy Burns drum clinic I had attended around 1974. I was newly living in Davenport, Iowa the Quad Cities area of Davenport and Betterndorf in...
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    SKFBlog Audio: Freddie Gruber - I Played Leedy & Ludwig Drums

    SKFBlog Audio: Freddie Gruber - I Played Leedy & Ludwig Drums SKF NOTE: Sorting through another box of my audio cassettes, I found the third and final part of my interview with Freddie Gruber circa 1982. We were seated at the kitchen table in Buddy Rich's NYC apartment. (Here's my original...
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    SKF Blog Audio - Frankie Dunlop: Gene Krupa Arranges Slingerland Endorsement

    SKF NOTE: Gene Krupa's kindness to Frankie Dunlop early in Frankie's career is covered in my blog post, Frankie Dunlop: Gene Krupas 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...
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    Hal Blaine: Drum Fills Come From Within

    SKF Blog: Hal Blaine: Drum Fills Come From Within SKF NOTE: Hal Blaine's thoughts on drum fills. From a Hal Blaine letter written about 35-years ago. Good advice that still holds true. Fills...come from within. Somehow the [brain] puts it all together. It takes the song you're working on...
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    SKF Blog UPDATE: Revising My MD Published Posts

    SKF Blog UPDATE: Revising My MD Published Posts SKF NOTE: Yesterday, Friday, June 16, I received an email request from Modern Drummer Publications VP Kevin Kearns, followed by a phone conversation. It was the first time we had communicated since the fall of 1983 when I was stepping down as...
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    SKF Blog: A Conversation with Charlie Watts (1981)

    Just an FYI - I posted the Aug/Sept 1982 MD conversation with Charlie Watts, Max Weinberg, and me. SKF Blog: A Conversation with Charlie Watts (1981)
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    SKF Blog Audio: Will Calhoun: My Drum Gear (1989)

    SKF Blog Audio: Will Calhoun: My Drum Gear (1989) SKF NOTE: Among my favorite interviews, I am sorry to say none of my interview with Will Calhoun ever saw the light of day. By July 1989 I had been gone from my spot as Modern Drummer's managing editor almost six years. From what I've...
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    SKF Blog: Barry Keane's Onstage Drumset for Gordon Lightfoot

    SKF Blog: Barry Keane's Onstage Drumset for Gordon Lightfoot Full story and more photos here: http://wp.me/p4vfuP-2Ru
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    SKF Blog Audio: Gary Chester - Teaching as a Way of Life

    &feature=youtu.be SKF NOTE: This is an excerpt from my Sept. 18, 1982 with Gary Chester which I transcribed, edited, and published as a Modern Drummer feature interview. Other than removing a few of my Mm-hm's -- useless mouth sounds I've since learned to avoid while taping interviews -- this...
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    SKF Blog: Katrina Chester Seeking Gary Chester Memorabilia for Documentary

    SKF Blog: Katrina Chester Seeking Gary Chester Memorabilia for Documentary SKF NOTE: I am happy to pass along this SOS from Gary Chesters daughter, Katrina, who is working on a Gary Chester documentary with Tony Cruz. Heres the original post from the offical Gary Chester Facebook page. Were...
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    SKF Blog Audio: Michael Shrieve: The Making of Santana's 'Promise of a Fisherman' (1983)

    SKF Blog Audio: Michael Shrieve: The Making of Santana's 'Promise of a Fisherman' (1983) &feature=youtu.be SKF NOTE: I found this phone conversation tonight while digitizing interview audiocassettes. The voices are Scott K Fish and Michael Shrieve. This is no doubt me, as Modern Drummer...
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    SKF Blog: Freddie Gruber Has No Recordings; How Do We Know He Can Teach?

    SKF NOTE: If there are no band or performance recordings of drum teachers -- how do we know if what they're teaching is valid? Rafik Mankarios (or someone able to post under Mr. Mankarios's "RM Drums" YouTube account) listened to this Freddie Gruber audio excerpt on my YouTube page, Freddie...
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    SKF Blog Audio: Frankie Dunlop - The Last Place I Expected to Be Able to Continue My Music

    &feature=youtu.be SKF NOTE: Frankie Dunlop spent a long time during our October 16, 1984 interview talking about his being drafted into the US Army and serving in Korea during the Korean War. That Frankie did so was, at the time, a bit frustrating. I wanted to talk about his drumming with...
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    SKF Blog Audio: Artimus Pyle: My Role As a Drummer (1982)

    &feature=youtu.be SKF NOTE: June 23, 1982. Artimus Pyle, no longer with Lynyrd Skynyrd, was on tour fronting his own Artimus Pyle Band. Our mutual friend, Paul T. Riddle, arranged for an afternoon meeting where we all sat, talked, and taped our conversation. That tape was the basis for...
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    SKF Blog Audio: Freddie Gruber: Teaching Saved My Life (1983)

    SKF Blog Audio: Freddie Gruber: Teaching Saved My Life (1983) Audio excerpt #6 from Freddie Gruber's interview with Scott K Fish circa 1983. &feature=youtu.be Scott K Fish Blog: Life Beyond the Cymbals
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    SKF Blog Audio: Fred Below: You've Got to Know What Each Sound Is

    SKF Blog Audio: Fred Below: You've Got to Know What Each Sound Is SKF NOTE: I wanted my friends here to know, if they don't already know, that I am producing more sound exerpts from my drummer interviews. They are available on my blog, Life Beyond the Cymbals. For example, here's today's...
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    SKF Blog Audio: Freddie Gruber: Never Just Go 'Tap, Tap, Tap.' Sing!

    &feature=youtu.be SKF NOTE: Excerpt #2 from my interview with Freddie Gruber in Buddy Rich's NYC apartment circa 1983-84. Freddie was speaking about "legitimate" percussionists he'd studied with: Morris Goldenberg, Fred Albright, and Henry Adler. I asked if any of what he learned from those...
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    Scott K Fish Meets Dan 'red66charger' Eggleston and Cottondale Swamp

    Scott K Fish Meets Dan 'red66charger' Eggleston and Cottondale Swamp My overdue thanks to Dan Eggleston for his kindess when I was visiting St. Petersburg, FL last October. I have Dan's permission to tell you he is "red66charger" on DrumForum.org -- a terrific online gathering of drummers...
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    Clyde Stubblefield: I Do Not Appreciate Not Getting Paid

    SKF NOTE: I look forward to the day it is standard practice in the recording industry to make sure musicians are paid for using their sampled sounds. That this is still an unresolved issue is heartbreaking. Drummer Clyde Stubblefield, comes to Ardmore Music with James Brown Dance Party DECEMBER...
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