I'm hesitant to post this because I have no idea if they are good or not, but former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza are avid drummers.
Yankees Mark Texiera and Ron Guidry too. I know Guidry and O’Neil kept kits in the clubhouse. Tony Cintron was close with Paul O’Neil and used to give him lessons at the stadium. Tony would call me at 6:00 and say, “I got Paul’s seats - meet me here at 6:30!” Fun times.Can’t believe I didn’t think of them. I hosted Doug several times at Zildjian (he’s a local boy) and also sent Mike Piazza some cymbals about 20 years ago.
Also retired Yankee outfielder, Paul O’Neil. He was a super cool guy. Invited me to a Red Sox - Yankee game when they came to Boston.
And while I’m thinking about it, “The Big Unit,” Randy Johnson. I drove him from Zildjian to Fenway once before a game. I had an old BMW 3 series and his knees were practically in his chest he was so cramped! Great guy!
Karen Carpenter believe it or notThere are several famous people who could play drum well but most know them for other things. Add yours to these few who come to my mind like Johnny Carson, Jerry Lewis, Mel Torme, Gary Burgoff, Denver Pyke, and Bob Crane. Who can you think of?
Stevie Wonder. Saw him open for Joe Cocker at the Santa Monica Civic. Played a helluva drum solo. Others? Cab Calloway was a drummer in his early days, Peter Sellers was a drummer right after WW II, Harry James played drums and so did Roy Eldridge. Fred Astaire. James Coburn, although it might have been congas rather than kit. Marlon Brando played congas. Scatman Crothers played kit as did Bing Crosby. Jack Palance did a drums/kazoo thing as a kid.Joe Lovano!!!!
Mike Brecker, Chick Corea, George Coligan, Don Alias (most people only think of him as a percussionist,) and if I am going to go "there" then I should mention Mino Cinelu, and Sam Clayton (had a little 3 piece as part of his percussion set-up with Little Feat (I always thought that was REALLY cool!)
Steve Perry (from what I've been told is a very good drummer,) and Stevie Wonder!!!!
It's actually Divinyls he was married to the singer who died from breast cancer ,Charley is a well known drummer. He’s played with the B-52s, Devinyls, Simon & Garfunkel, Michelle Branch as well as the Expensive Winos and many more. Bass is his second instrument.
What was the name of your band?A little OT: My best friend and long time band mate plays bass for The Flutie Brothers Band and another buddy plays guitar for them. I've been lucky enough to be at gigs (usually to benefit Doug's autism charity) where I've been asked to sit in while Doug makes the rounds greeting donors, etc. Even went up to Canada with them when his brother Darren (who usually plays guitar for the band) was picking up some award from the CFL. They play classic rock. Doug is a massive Lynyrd Skynyrd fan - even has one Michael Cartlellone's LS kits at his house. His drumming keeps getting better every time I hear him.
Best part is they would often do gigs with Ernie and The Automatics. Ernie is big wig car dealer up here. His band was made up of local pros including Boston's Barry Goudreau and Sib Hashian (RIP). I not only got to hang out with Sib on several occasions, but a couple of times he let me jump up on Doug's kit and double drum with him...The first time I did it I just kept looking to my right trying watch him and not screw up. I'm thinking, "Omg, I'm freakin' double drumming with Sib freakin' Hashian in front of 1000 ppl!"
He was even nice enough to show up at one of my band's CD release parties (remember those?) and introduce us...
Sorry for the distraction!
Haha! M.S.! Ok, so Mike wasn't a full member of my band, though he did a couple a small tours with us after we all got to know each other. The bass player of my band and he were/are in Flutie's band. That's the connection. Flutie would do shows with Ernie & The Automatics. Eventually we got to know Sib and he was very supportive of our stuff...Did the guitar player play with The Mudhens?