Famous American Drummers

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 1 Dave Grohl

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Regarded as one of the most popular and influential rock musicians of the 1990s and 2000s, Dave Grohl is best known for his association with the famous rock band Nirvana, for which he was the drummer. Also a singer-songwriter, Dave Grohl was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

 2 Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: October 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: August 27, 1990

Stevie Ray Vaughan was an American musician. Stevie achieved so much in his mainstream career, that spanned only seven years, that he is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists ever and one of the most influential and iconic musicians in the blues music history. He is credited with reviving blues-rock and his work continues to influence several artists.

 3 Don Henley

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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Musician, Drummer, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 4 Travis Barker

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is known for his mohawk and tattoos. He has also been part of bands such as The Transplants+44, and Box Car Racer, and starred in the reality series Meet the Barkers. He owns a record label and a clothing brand, and has written a memoir.

 5 Dennis Wilson

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Famous As: Record producer, Singer, Drummer, Surfer, Composer
Birthdate: December 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 28, 1983

 6 Anderson Paak

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 7 Jack Antonoff

Jack Antonoff
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 8 Joshua Dun

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Joshua William Dun, or Josh Dun, gained fame as part of the music duo Twenty One Pilots, with Tyler Joseph. Apart from being the drummer, he also contributes to percussion and trumpet. He had earlier been part of House of Heroes. He is known for his signature X tattoo.

 9 Desi Arnaz Jr.

Desi Arnaz Jr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 10 Alex Wolff

Alex Wolff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 1, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 11 DJ Yella

DJ Yella
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 12 Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Gary Burghoff is an American actor who is credited with originating the popular role of Charlie Brown in the 1967 Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is also known for originating the role of Walter Eugene O'Reilly in the 1970 black comedy war movie MASH and the popular TV series of the same name.

 13 Meg White

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Famous As: photographer, musician, actor, percussionist
Birthdate: December 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 14 Chad Smith

Chad Smith
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Famous As: drummer, musician
Birthdate: October 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 15 Teddy Pendergrass

Teddy Pendergrass
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 13, 2010

 16 Teddy Geiger

Teddy Geiger
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 17 Josh Klinghoffer

Josh Klinghoffer
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 18 James Brown

James Brown
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Famous As: Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 2006

Referred to by honorific nicknames, such as Godfather of Soul, James Brown was a prominent figure of 20th century music. A progenitor of funk music, Brown influenced the development of many music genres. An inductee of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, Brown is ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 19 Levon Helm

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Autobiographer, Composer, Actor, Mandolinist, Drummer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 19, 2012

 20 Joey Ramone

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Famous As: Lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones
Birthdate: May 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 15, 2001
Joey Ramone revolutionized punk rock with his band the Ramones. He was known for his distinctive hiccups, croons, and snarls, which he incorporated in his songs. He was also part of the activist group Artists United Against Apartheid. He died at 49, after a 7-year struggle with lymphoma.

 21 Stephen Stills

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 22 Vinnie Paul

Vinnie Paul
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: March 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 23 Jake Busey

Jake Busey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 24 Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 25 Questlove

Questlove
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 26 Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 27 Thundercat

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 28 Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 2, 1987

 29 Breckin Meyer

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Breckin Meyer is best known for his Emmy-winning writing for Robot Chicken: Star Wars. He has also played significant roles in films such as Garfield: The Movie, Clueless, and Road Trip. He has also voiced Joseph Gribble in King of The Hill and played Jared Franklin in Franklin & Bash

 30 The Rev

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Famous As: Musician, Drummer, Pianist, Songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: February 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 28, 2009

 31 Shawnee Smith

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Actress and singer, Shawnee Smith, is best known for her role of Amanda Young in the Saw horror franchise. She began acting as a child and joined the Screen Actors Guild when she was just nine. Making her feature film debut as a young teenager, she went on to establish herself as a popular character actress in the ensuing years. 

 32 Peter Criss

Peter Criss
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician, Singer
Birthdate: December 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 33 Mike Portnoy

Mike Portnoy
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician, Singer, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: April 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 34 Gary Clark, Jr.

Gary Clark, Jr.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 35 Taylor Hawkins

Taylor Hawkins
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 36 Stewart Copeland

Stewart Copeland
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 37 Steven Adler

Steven Adler
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Famous As: Musician, Drummer, Songwriter, Autobiographer
Birthdate: January 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 38 Jam Master Jay

Jam Master Jay
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 30, 2002

 39 Sib Hashian

Sib Hashian
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 22, 2017

 40 Danger Mouse

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 41 Shannon Leto

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 42 Daz Dillinger

Daz Dillinger
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 43 Jeff Porcaro

Jeff Porcaro
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Famous As: Drummer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: April 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: August 5, 1992

 44 Kathleen Hanna

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 45 Jani Lane

Jani Lane
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 10, 2011

 46 Kim Deal

Kim Deal
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 47 Jay Weinberg

Jay Weinberg
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 48 Morris Day

Morris Day
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 49 Shawn Crahan

Shawn Crahan
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 50 Dave Lombardo

Dave Lombardo
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician
Birthdate: February 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Cuban, American