Top 10 Qualities of Drumforum.org's Favorite Drummers

Vistalite Black

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I’ve crunched a lot of data to discover the common elements shared by drummers celebrated on Drumforum.org.

Let me know if there are any drummers celebrated on this forum who don't match up to at least three of these elements.

So here now, the Top 10 Qualities of Drumforum.org’s Favorite Drummers:

1, Became known between 1964 and 1980.

2. Tours (or records with) renowned folk singers … Like Cat Stevens or Tim Hardin.

3. Wears dark glasses inside. Always.

4. Played on a soft rock hit named for a specific girl -- Rosanna, Jane, Cecelia, Mandy, etc.

5. Has toured casinos for 15 years-plus years playing parts invented by the original drummer of a band with a Girl's Name hit.

6. Relentless self-promoter (clinic tours, NAMM appearances, books, instructional videos).

7. Has a side project that plays jazz in venues so intimate you can sit literally three feet from his amazing brushwork.

8. Wears a vest over a t-shirt.

9. Has a great nickname or was born with a cool handle like Bartholomew or Elvin.

10. Drummed on a seminal, but unlistenable jazz fusion record.
 

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We are way past the "kick me" sign on your back.
Did you get it tatoo'd back there or something?


Here ... let me help you. All in good fun. You made me laugh out loud on this one.

Here's one that I haven't seen you post yet. Feel free to add it to your chainmail.



Liam Gallagher to join Gretta Van Fleet?

This weeks Musicians Monthly had an interesting article.

According to Editorial Beat Reporter Alvin P. Guttural, an amazing meeting took place between the famous Oasis frontman and the Beatles beat keeper, Ringo Starr. Here's a part of it.

It was a meeting that could never have been predicted. But there it was, Liam Gallagher was indeed sitting across from Ringo Starr. Tea and eggs in the center of the table, and a cast of beans for the former mop-top.

Liam was in town for a meeting with Marv Schumf, an engineer and the son of Murray Schumf, the publicist who ran the London office that represented one Ringo Starr. Marv set up the luncheon at the request of Ringo.

Marv says that, “Ringo has been a fan of Gretta Van Fleet for the past two years. He feels they truly understand what it was the Beatles were communicating in the studio.”

When asked how Ringo came up with Liam as the obvious replacement for Josh, Marv explained, “Once Ringo learned of the throat issues Josh Kiszka was dealing with, he immediately thought of Liam. Ringo feels that Liam has a power in his voice that would add an interesting element to their music. Don’t misunderstand, Ringo loved what Josh was doing for those songs, but he knows that under the circumstances Josh will be unable to continue singing. That’s a very heartbreaking thing to happen to any band, much less such an influential one. Ringo just wanted to help the brothers find a way to continue making their music. He feels Liam is the way forward for these incredibly talented brothers.”

Marv adds, “As Ringo was quick to point out of Noel, having JOHN PAUL in your name doesn’t hurt either.”
 
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Where I live, the type that fits with these common elements often are overweight, ALWAYS have a backwards Kangol style hat on, and usually wearing some kind of bowling shirt. Usually the bass player will also have the Kangol hat. Hopefully, when I hit 50 in ten years, I am not required to sport this look. But then again, how else does one project the "jazz cat" image.
 

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Can anybody come up with ONE drummer who fits all ten criteria?
 

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Can anybody come up with ONE drummer who fits all ten criteria?
I only know of one ...


Roscoe "FlatTop" Bigglesworth - fantastic blind English drummer that got his start playing with The Gregg Fontswilly Orchestra at the Shores Club back in 68. He's renown for his ability to meld several simultaneous time signatures into one driving groove. He spent time touring with Jangles Beazley playing the Folk Festival circuit after the success of their one and only hit, "Nobody Cries Like My Wanda June".
He eventually settled into the drumming chair of Woolshank, the Irish band that rose to fame on the back of "Scream At Me Again, Betsy!!!". The song sat at number three for seventeen weeks ... none of which were consecutive. It's a feat that has never been duplicated to this day.
That lasted for 19 years and included a stint at the Heavy Hand Casino in Willers Mill.
FlatTop decided to take a break from being a "sideman" and partnered with DeepWallet Productions to put out a string of instructional videos centered around profiteering from the drummers chair ... a sort of Ponzi Scheme with sticks and a beat. This came crashing down around him as the Feds began knocking on his door.
He decided to lay low for several years by immersing himself into the French Jazz scene. He played all the notable clubs of the day ... Le Béguin de Pomme, Fumer Sur Les Clefs, and the infamous Son de la Fièvre Et Son Sourd, where he recorded "FlatTop And FlatLiners - Beads Of Heat" - the legendary live album that fused Jazz, Opera, and Spoken Word Protest Chants.
He redefined himself musically ... and socially. He took to wearing the Jazz garb of the day, which included the ubiquitous purple beret, jeans cut short short, jack boots, black t-shirt, and paisley vest. It was striking attire for the elevated French Musician of the day.
FlatTop still resides in Europe. He's amassed quite the following there. He's still open to playing shows in the States, but insists on crossing the Pond by ship.
 

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I’ve crunched a lot of data to discover the common elements shared by drummers celebrated on Drumforum.org.

Let me know if there are any drummers celebrated on this forum who don't match up to at least three of these elements.

So here now, the Top 10 Qualities of Drumforum.org’s Favorite Drummers:

1, Became known between 1964 and 1980.

2. Tours (or records with) renowned folk singers … Like Cat Stevens or Tim Hardin.

3. Wears dark glasses inside. Always.

4. Played on a soft rock hit named for a specific girl -- Rosanna, Jane, Cecelia, Mandy, etc.

5. Has toured casinos for 15 years-plus years playing parts invented by the original drummer of a band with a Girl's Name hit.

6. Relentless self-promoter (clinic tours, NAMM appearances, books, instructional videos).

7. Has a side project that plays jazz in venues so intimate you can sit literally three feet from his amazing brushwork.

8. Wears a vest over a t-shirt.

9. Has a great nickname or was born with a cool handle like Bartholomew or Elvin.

10. Drummed on a seminal, but unlistenable jazz fusion record.
I don't know about anyone else, but I celebrate Ray Bauduc and Danny Barcelona. I don't think any 3 of these accolades qualifies for them.
 
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We are way past the "kick me" sign on your back.
Did you get it tatoo'd back there or something?


Here ... let me help you. All in good fun.

Here's one that I haven't seen you post yet. Feel free to add it to your chainmail.



Liam Gallagher to join Gretta Van Fleet?

This weeks Musicians Monthly had an interesting article.

According to Editorial Beat Reporter Alvin P. Guttural, an amazing meeting took place between the famous Oasis frontman and the Beatles beat keeper, Ringo Starr. Here's a part of it.

It was a meeting that could never have been predicted. But there it was, Liam Gallagher was indeed sitting across from Ringo Starr. Tea and eggs in the center of the table, and a cast of beans for the former mop-top.

Liam was in town for a meeting with Marv Schumf, an engineer and the son of Murray Schumf, the publicist who ran the London office that represented one Ringo Starr. Marv set up the luncheon at the request of Ringo.

Marv says that, “Ringo has been a fan of Gretta Van Fleet for the past two years. He feels they truly understand what it was the Beatles were communicating in the studio.”

When asked how Ringo came up with Liam as the obvious replacement for Josh, Marv explained, “Once Ringo learned of the throat issues Josh Kiszka was dealing with, he immediately thought of Liam. Ringo feels that Liam has a power in his voice that would add an interesting element to their music. Don’t misunderstand, Ringo loved what Josh was doing for those songs, but he knows that under the circumstances Josh will be unable to continue singing. That’s a very heartbreaking thing to happen to any band, much less such an influential one. Ringo just wanted to help the brothers find a way to continue making their music. He feels Liam is the way forward for these incredibly talented brothers.”

Marv adds, “As Ringo was quick to point out of Noel, having JOHN PAUL in your name doesn’t hurt either.”
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Can anybody come up with ONE drummer who fits all ten criteria?
Jim Keltner qualifies for most of these.
 

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I’ve crunched a lot of data to discover the common elements shared by drummers celebrated on Drumforum.org.

Let me know if there are any drummers celebrated on this forum who don't match up to at least three of these elements.

So here now, the Top 10 Qualities of Drumforum.org’s Favorite Drummers:

1, Became known between 1964 and 1980.

2. Tours (or records with) renowned folk singers … Like Cat Stevens or Tim Hardin.

3. Wears dark glasses inside. Always.

4. Played on a soft rock hit named for a specific girl -- Rosanna, Jane, Cecelia, Mandy, etc.

5. Has toured casinos for 15 years-plus years playing parts invented by the original drummer of a band with a Girl's Name hit.

6. Relentless self-promoter (clinic tours, NAMM appearances, books, instructional videos).

7. Has a side project that plays jazz in venues so intimate you can sit literally three feet from his amazing brushwork.

8. Wears a vest over a t-shirt.

9. Has a great nickname or was born with a cool handle like Bartholomew or Elvin.

10. Drummed on a seminal, but unlistenable jazz fusion record.
Art Blakey didn't do 8 of those 10 things.
 

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I only know of one ...


Roscoe "FlatTop" Bigglesworth - fantastic blind English drummer that got his start playing with The Gregg Fontswilly Orchestra at the Shores Club back in 68. He's renown for his ability to meld several simultaneous time signatures into one driving groove. He spent time touring with Jangles Beazley playing the Folk Festival circuit after the success of their one and only hit, "Nobody Cries Like My Wanda June".
He eventually settled into the drumming chair of Woolshank, the Irish band that rose to fame on the back of "Scream At Me Again, Betsy!!!". The song sat at number three for seventeen weeks ... none of which were consecutive. It's a feat that has never been duplicated to this day.
That lasted for 19 years and included a stint at the Heavy Hand Casino in Willers Mill.
FlatTop decided to take a break from being a "sideman" and partnered with DeepWallet Productions to put out a string of instructional videos centered around profiteering from the drummers chair ... a sort of Ponzi Scheme with sticks and a beat. This came crashing down around him as the Feds began knocking on his door.
He decided to lay low for several years by immersing himself into the French Jazz scene. He played all the notable clubs of the day ... Le Béguin de Pomme, Fumer Sur Les Clefs, and the infamous Son de la Fièvre Et Son Sourd, where he recorded "FlatTop And FlatLiners - Beads Of Heat" - the legendary live album that fused Jazz, Opera, and Spoken Word Protest Chants.
He redefined himself musically ... and socially. He took to wearing the Jazz garb of the day, which included the ubiquitous purple beret, jeans cut short short, jack boots, black t-shirt, and paisley vest. It was striking attire for the elevated French Musician of the day.
FlatTop still resides in Europe. He's amassed quite the following there. He's still open to playing shows in the States, but insists on crossing the Pond by ship.
Well done sir.
 

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I only know of one ...


Roscoe "FlatTop" Bigglesworth - fantastic blind English drummer that got his start playing with The Gregg Fontswilly Orchestra at the Shores Club back in 68. He's renown for his ability to meld several simultaneous time signatures into one driving groove. He spent time touring with Jangles Beazley playing the Folk Festival circuit after the success of their one and only hit, "Nobody Cries Like My Wanda June".
He eventually settled into the drumming chair of Woolshank, the Irish band that rose to fame on the back of "Scream At Me Again, Betsy!!!". The song sat at number three for seventeen weeks ... none of which were consecutive. It's a feat that has never been duplicated to this day.
That lasted for 19 years and included a stint at the Heavy Hand Casino in Willers Mill.
FlatTop decided to take a break from being a "sideman" and partnered with DeepWallet Productions to put out a string of instructional videos centered around profiteering from the drummers chair ... a sort of Ponzi Scheme with sticks and a beat. This came crashing down around him as the Feds began knocking on his door.
He decided to lay low for several years by immersing himself into the French Jazz scene. He played all the notable clubs of the day ... Le Béguin de Pomme, Fumer Sur Les Clefs, and the infamous Son de la Fièvre Et Son Sourd, where he recorded "FlatTop And FlatLiners - Beads Of Heat" - the legendary live album that fused Jazz, Opera, and Spoken Word Protest Chants.
He redefined himself musically ... and socially. He took to wearing the Jazz garb of the day, which included the ubiquitous purple beret, jeans cut short short, jack boots, black t-shirt, and paisley vest. It was striking attire for the elevated French Musician of the day.
FlatTop still resides in Europe. He's amassed quite the following there. He's still open to playing shows in the States, but insists on crossing the Pond by ship.
Are you @RigsOfDad on Instagram?
 


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