Find out more about famous drummers, including Ringo Starr, Phil Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, James Brown and Tommy Lee.

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When it comes to contemporary western music, drummers play a key role in maintaining the rhythm and adding to the musical timbre. The role of a good drummer in a jazz or rock band should never be underestimated! Musician Bruce Springsteen has always been generous in recognizing the role his long-term drummer Max Weinberg played in the success of his band. Other musicians too have acknowledged the significance of having a credible drummer in the band. French bandleader Christian Vander is also a drummer credited to have contributed greatly to the success of the bands he played for. Talking of the top drummers of all time, how can we forget Guns N' Roses' Steven Adler whose signature drumming style helped the band carve their own niche during their hey days? Drumming is primarily considered a man’s domain but exuberant women drummers like Cindy Blackman prove that the ladies aren’t far behind when it comes to playing the percussion instruments! Karen Carpenter, Meg White, Leah Shapiro, and Maureen Tucker are among the awesome women drummers who have proved their mettle in the male-dominated drumming scenario. Check out this section to know more about the life and works of famous drummers.

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Don HenleyDon Henley
(American)

Mick FleetwoodMick Fleetwood
(British)
Dennis WilsonDennis Wilson
(American)
Vinnie PaulVinnie Paul
(American)

Meg WhiteMeg White
(American)
Peter CrissPeter Criss
(American)
Chad SmithChad Smith
(American)

Ginger BakerGinger Baker
(British)
Nick MasonNick Mason
(British)
Levon HelmLevon Helm
(American)

The RevThe Rev
(American)
Mike PortnoyMike Portnoy
(American)
Jeff PorcaroJeff Porcaro
(American)

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Zak StarkeyZak Starkey
(British)
Eric CarrEric Carr
(American)
Steven AdlerSteven Adler
(American)

Phil RuddPhil Rudd
(Australian)
Jason BonhamJason Bonham
(British)
Dave LombardoDave Lombardo
(Cuban,American)

Kate SchellenbachKate Schellenbach
(American)
Ville ValoVille Valo
(Finnish)
Chris SladeChris Slade
(British)

GoldieGoldie
(British)
Mitch MitchellMitch Mitchell
(British)
Cozy PowellCozy Powell
(British)

Jay WeinbergJay Weinberg
(American)
Brad WilkBrad Wilk
(American)
Carl PalmerCarl Palmer
(British)

Will ChampionWill Champion
(British)
Jamie CullumJamie Cullum
(British)
Danny CareyDanny Carey
(American)

Robert WyattRobert Wyatt
Kenney JonesKenney Jones
(British)
Jan Axel BlombergJan Axel Blomberg
(Norwegian)

Gene KrupaGene Krupa
(American)
Liberty DeVittoLiberty DeVitto
(American)
Steve GaddSteve Gadd
(American)

John DolmayanJohn Dolmayan
(Lebanese,American)
Fabrizio MorettiFabrizio Moretti
(Brazilian,American)
Nicko McBrainNicko McBrain
(British)

Michael ShrieveMichael Shrieve
(American)
Topper HeadonTopper Headon
(British)
Sandy WestSandy West
(American)

Aynsley DunbarAynsley Dunbar
(British)
Harry JuddHarry Judd
(British)
Matt SorumMatt Sorum
(American)

Ian PaiceIan Paice
(British)
Bun E. CarlosBun E. Carlos
(American)
Richard ChristyRichard Christy
(American)

Nigel OlssonNigel Olsson
(British)
Terry BozzioTerry Bozzio
(American)
Peter ErskinePeter Erskine
(American)

Athena LeeAthena Lee
(American)
Gene HoglanGene Hoglan
(American)
Cliff MartinezCliff Martinez
(American)

Vinnie ColaiutaVinnie Colaiuta
(American)
Kenny AronoffKenny Aronoff
(American)
Chris AdlerChris Adler
(American)

Clive BurrClive Burr
(British)
Jet BlackJet Black
(British)
Gavin HarrisonGavin Harrison

Christoph SchneiderChristoph Schneider
(German)
Danny SeraphineDanny Seraphine
(American)
Steve JoczSteve Jocz
(Canadian)

Jukka NevalainenJukka Nevalainen
(Finnish)
ShagrathShagrath
(Norwegian)
Chester ThompsonChester Thompson
(American)