If we're talking influential in getting people to want to play drums, I'd propose:
Fairly close to what I'd propose with one change, adding Bonzo and taking out Buddy, all opinion of course but I'd consider Gene probably influenced Buddy a little and leaving Bonzo out would be a tough sell for me:
Well, the drum set really has its origins in jazz, so it's natural that jazz drummers are going to be on the list.By the looks of your choices, I assume you're picking jazz drummers.
Interesting. I am one that says Buddy COULD play rock though. I have an album called Buddy and Soul. He does well. AceThat's why the "jazz" guys who play within wide dynamic ranges and can play rock and funk with authority made it into my version of the monument. Very few rock icons can go the other way like that.