Earl Palmer

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From Carol Kaye...WOW!


Believe it or Not! This is the set of drums he used on those 100s of hit records, movies, and TV shows that got all those 1000s of great drum sounds and grooves! That was all he needed to get those many great sounds, styles and different beats!................. He not only was the Musicians' Musician, he was a great Dad, wonderful Friend to us all, and worked tirelessly at the Musicians' Union Local 47 Hollywood As Secretary-Treasurer too. as well as mentored many a now-fine Prof. Musician with his great Earl Palmer Jazz Nights!
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Hollywood most-recorded No. 1 drummer, Earl Palmer, a few of his credits - and be sure to see the picture of "all" his drums in his drum set that created all those great sounds, styles, and most famous hit sounds (Picture below):
Singles: 1947-1949 Dave Bartholomew "Dave's Boggie Woogie, Stardust, others, Fats Domino The Fat Man, Detroit City Blues.
1950: Dave Bartholomew Good Jax Boggie, etc. Fats Domino Every Night About This Time, Jewel King, Tommy Ridgley, Joe Turner Jumpin Tonight Midnight Rockin
1951 Fats Domino Rockin' Chair
1952 Dave Bartholomew Little Girl Sing Ding-a-ling etc., Fats Domino Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Smily Lewis The Bells Are Ringing, Lloyd Price Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Shirley & Lee I'm Gone
1953 Fats Domino Little School Girl, Rose Mary, Swanee River Hop, Shirly & Lee Big Mamou
1954 Dave Bartholomew Jump Children, Cat Music, When The Saints Go Marching In, etc., James Booker, Ernie K-Doe, Earl King, Professor Longhair (In The Night), Spiders, Earl Williams I Can't Go On.
1955 Fats Domino Bo Weevil, I'm In Love Again, My Blue Heaven, Poor Me; Smiley Lewis I hear You Knocking, One Night, Little Richard Directly From My Heart, Kansas City, Tuttie Frutti, Bob Luman Red Hot, Roy Montrell Ooh Wow, Shirley & Lee "Feel So Good
1956 Lee Allen, Charles Brown (I'll Always Be In Love With You, Merry Christmas Baby; Roy Borwn Saturday Night, Fats Domino When My Dreamboat Comes Home, Merle Kilgore, Earl King, Little Richard The Girl Can't Help It, Long Tall Sally, Slippin & Slidin', Amos Milburn, Art Neville Ooh-Whee Baby, Shirley & Lee Let The Good Times Roll, Spider That's My Desiire
1957 Let the 4 Winds Blow, Party Doll, Sam Cooke Forever, You Send Me, Sugarboy Crawford, Fats Domino I'm Walkin', Don and Dewey I'm Leavin It All Up To You, Thurston Harris, Hollywood Flames, Little Richard Baby Face, Jenny Jenny, Miss Ann, Lucille
Marvin & Johnny Pretty Eyes, Percy Mayfield Please Believe Me, Ricky Nelson Bebop Baby, I'm Walkin etc., Earl Palmer's Party Rockers, Tommy Sands Sing Boy Sing, Slim whitman Unchain My Heart, Larry Williams

1958 Burnette Bros. Eugene Chuch, Eddie Cochran Summertime Blues etc., Bobby Day Rockin Robin, The Bluebird, etc. Doris Day Everybody Loves a Lover, Fats Domino I Hear You Knocking, Margi, Don & Dewey Koko Joe, Jan & Arnie, Johnny Otis Show Willie and the Hand Jive, Little Richard Good Golly Miss Molly, Earl Palmer's own "Drum Village", Art & Dotty Todd Chanson d'amour", Ritch Valens, Come On Let's Go, Donna, La Bamba, Larry Williams Heebie Jeebies, Sheb Wooley The Purple People Eater.
1959: Dorsey Burnette There Was a Tall Oak Tree, Edd Byrnes Kookie, Kookie etc. Eddie Cochran, Don & Dewey, Ernie Field In The Mood, Jan & Dean Baby Talk, Don Ralke Bourbon St. Beat, Chan Romero, Spectors Three I Really Do, April Stevens Teach Me Tiger, Connie Stevens 16 Reasons, Teddy Bears Oh Why,

1960: Bobby Barre Book of Love, Walter Brennan Dutchman's Gold, Dorsey Burnette Hey Little One, Dante & The Evergreens Alley Oop, Bobby Vee Devil or Angle, Dinah Washington Love Walked In.
1961: Paul Anka Dance On Little Girl, B. Bumble & The Stingers: Bumble Boogie, Caravan, Nutrocker, Glen Campbell: Turn Around Look at Me, Castelles, Sacred, Sam Cooke - Stupid, Twistin' The Night Away, Bobby Darin - You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Jackie DeShannon - Heaven Is Being With You, Fleetwoods - He's the Great Impostor, Tragedy, Lettermen - When I Fall In Love, Limelighters - A Dollar Down, Gene McDaniels - Chip Chip, A Hundred Pounds of Clay, Toward of Strength, Lou Rawls - Above My Head, Simms Twins Sooth Me,l Bobby Vee - Run to Him, Take Good Care of My Baby, Dinah Washington - Our Love Is Here To Stay, Sept. in The Rain, Jimmy Witherspoon - Warm Your Heart, Timi Yuro - Hurt.
1962: Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass - The Lonely Bull, Walter Brennan - Mama Sang a Song, Anita Bryant Till There Was You, Vikki Carr - He's a Rebel, Ray Charles - I Can't Stop Lovin' You, You Don't Know Me, Nat King Cole - Ramblin' Rose, Johnny Crawford - Cindy's Birthday, Bobby Darin - You're the Reason I'm Living, Duane Eddy - The Ballad of Paladin, Deep in The Heart of Texas, Everly Bros. - Don't Ask Me To Be Friends, Ketty Lester - Love Letters, Willlie Nelson - Half a Man, Clifford Scott - The Kangaroo, Walk That Twist, Frank Sinatra - Everybody's Twistin', Bobby Vee - The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.
1963: Roy Clark: Through the Eyes of a Fool, Bobby Darin - Treat My Baby Good, Everly Bros. - It's been Nice, Jan & Dean - Drag City, Surf City, Wayne Jennings Rave On, Willie Nelson - Opportunity to Cry, Nino Tempo/April Stevens - Deep Purple, Andy Williams - Can't Get Used to Losing You.

1964: Beefeaters (later called the Byrds) - Please Let Me Love You/It Won't Be Wrong, Roy Clark When the Wind Blows in Chicago, Sam Cooke - Shake, A Change is Gonna Come, Vic Damone - On the Street Where You Live, Jan & Dean Dead Man's Curve, The Little Ol' Lady From Pasadena, New Girl In School; Little Richard - Bama Lama Bama Lou, Righteous Bros. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, Ronettes Born to Be Together, You Baby,Glenn Yarbrough Baby The Rain Must Fall.
1965: Beach Boys - Please Let Me Wonder, Stan Kenton - Theme from Peyton Place, Righteous Bros. Just Once In My Life, Unchained Melody, Sonny & Cher What Now My Love, Supremes A Lovers' Concerto
1966: Ray Charles Let's Go Get Stoned, Jackie De Shannon I can Make it With You, Tim Hardin It'll Never Happen Again, Misty Roses, Neal Hefti Batman Theme, Brenda Holloway Where Were You, PJ Proby Niki Hoeky, Righteous Bros. Soul & Inspiration, Ike & Tina Turner A Love Like Yours', River Deep - Mountain High.

1967: Bobbie Gentry Okolona River Bottom Band, Brenda Holloway You Made Me So Very Happy, Monkees Tapioca Tundra, Lou Rawls Dead End Street, Paul Revere & Raiders Legend of Paul Revere Lalo Schifrin Mission Impossible.
1968: Ray Charles Eleanor Rigby, I Don't Need No Doctor, Fats Domino Lady Madonna, Little Richard Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes, Stingy Jenny, Monkees It's Nice to Be With You, Lou Rawls Down Here on The Ground, Natural Man, Marty Robbins Padre.
1969: Sonny Charles & The Checkmates, Proud Mary, James Brown, World part 1, Jimy Durante He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother, Screamin Jay Hawkins Constipation Blues.

1970 Jose Feliciano, and other artists such as: Beach Boys, Ella Fitzgerald, the Jackson 5, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Peggy Lee, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Steisand, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick. (Motown stuff was cut without contracts from 1963 on for Earl along with the rest of the studio musicians: Supremes, Four Tops etc.), tons of albums throughout the years with the above artists also.

a select few Motion Picture Scores
1961: Judgment at Nuremberg, 1963: Hud and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World; 1964: Baby The Rain Must Fall, 1974 - Cinderella Liberty, For Pete's Sake, Freebie and the Bean, Harry & Tonto, The Longest Yard, 1975- Matt Helm, 1977 - The Deep, Greased Lightning, The Island of Dr. Moreau, New York New York. 1978 An Unmarried Woman, 1979, Breaking Away, The Rose. `982 - The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Cannery Row, Honkytonk Man. 1984 - Gremlins. 1985 Armed & Dangerous. 1986 - The Money Pit, Top Gun. 1987 - The Big Town, Predator, Tin Men. 1988 - Cocktail. ;1989 - The Fabulous Baker Boys. 1990 - The Hot Spot. Also, he's credited for being the drummer on BULLITT movie score.

Some TV shows which include: M Squad, 77 Sunset Strip, Bourbon St. Beat, Hawaiian Eye, Peyton Place, I Dream of Jeannie, Green Acres, Ironside, The Outsider, It Takes a Thief, The Leslie Uggams Show, The Brady Bunch, Della, The Partridge Family, The Odd Couple, The Pearl Bailey Show, MASH 1972-83, The Midnight Special

from Carol: Note...Earl did a LOT more than the above which was taken from his book as well as from contracts too....I played on a ton of the above stuff with him. we were very close, and enjoyed playing together, a wonderful man, great Daddy, great friend to all musicians, and a fine person, loved, admired and cared about by everyone as well as #1 DRUMMER/MUSICIAN!
He's also well-known and loved in the UK for his recorded hits here in the USA which include: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" - Righteous Bros., "Mountain Deep River High" - Tina Turner, "Do I Love You" - '65 Motown dance hit by Frank Wilson, "I Don't Need No Doctor" - Ray Charles, Mission Impossible, Bullitt, In The Heat of The Night etc.
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Earl Palmer is the most-recorded drummer, from New Orleans to finest Studio Drummer in Hollywood's studios....
 

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Such a fine drummer! One of the first drummers I tried to emulate as a teen. Inventor of the backbeat and Wrecking Crew Alumnus. What a long and storied career.
Yesterday I was listening to a Blaemire Piccolo that was custom made for Earl. Steve Maxwell was selling some of his gear in 2013 on behalf of his widow. Steve quoted Earl as having played approximately 450 dates in '67 alone...amazing. The video is on You Tube and the drum sounds phenomenal for a 3x13. Great post!
 

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I have read that book and it's a very good read. I went and dug it out after your post it's been 10 yrs. or so since I last read it. One of the great unsung pioneers of early R'n'R.
 

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