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.
Tommy Lee Tommy Lee
Greek, American

James Brown James Brown
American

Nick Cave Nick Cave
Australian

Joey Ramone Joey Ramone
American
Neal Peart Neil Peart
Canadian

Tommy Ramone Tommy Ramone
Hungarian, American

Kang Min-hyuk Kang Min-hyuk
South Korean
Sib Hashian Sib Hashian
American
Ashton Irwin Ashton Irwin
Australian, Irish, American

Andy Hurley Andy Hurley
American

Joshua Dun Joshua Dun
American
Cuco Cuco
American

Nia Lovelis Nia Lovelis
American
Tre Cool Tre Cool
American
Kevin Parker Kevin Parker
Australian

Dave Galafassi Dave Galafassi
Australian
Don HenleyDon Henley
American
Dennis WilsonDennis Wilson
American
Mick FleetwoodMick Fleetwood
British

Vinnie PaulVinnie Paul
American
Meg WhiteMeg White
American
Jay WeinbergJay Weinberg
American

Ginger BakerGinger Baker
British
Nick MasonNick Mason
British
Steven AdlerSteven Adler
American
Levon HelmLevon Helm
American

Jake BuseyJake Busey
American
Peter CrissPeter Criss
American
Jason BonhamJason Bonham
British

Jamie CullumJamie Cullum
British
Mike PortnoyMike Portnoy
American
Zak StarkeyZak Starkey
British
Chad SmithChad Smith
American

Stewart CopelandStewart Copeland
American
The RevThe Rev
American
Athena LeeAthena Lee
American

Jeff PorcaroJeff Porcaro
American
Danny CareyDanny Carey
American
Dave LombardoDave Lombardo
Cuban, American
Phil RuddPhil Rudd
Australian

Eric CarrEric Carr
American
Christoph SchneiderChristoph Schneider
German
Chris SladeChris Slade
British

GoldieGoldie
British
Peter ErskinePeter Erskine
American
Brad WilkBrad Wilk
American
Cozy PowellCozy Powell
British

Carl PalmerCarl Palmer
British
Mitch MitchellMitch Mitchell
British
Matt SorumMatt Sorum
American

Kate SchellenbachKate Schellenbach
American
Ville ValoVille Valo
Finnish
Nigel OlssonNigel Olsson
British
Michael ShrieveMichael Shrieve
American

Steve JoczSteve Jocz
Canadian
Kenney JonesKenney Jones
British
Nicko McBrainNicko McBrain
British

Ian PaiceIan Paice
British
Topper HeadonTopper Headon
British
John DolmayanJohn Dolmayan
Lebanese, American
Gene KrupaGene Krupa
American

Steve GaddSteve Gadd
American
Chris AdlerChris Adler
American
Will ChampionWill Champion
British

Bun E. CarlosBun E. Carlos
American
Jan Axel BlombergJan Axel Blomberg
Norwegian
Robert WyattRobert Wyatt
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Liberty DeVittoLiberty DeVitto
American

Fabrizio MorettiFabrizio Moretti
Brazilian, American
Aynsley DunbarAynsley Dunbar
British
Richard ChristyRichard Christy
American

Terry BozzioTerry Bozzio
American
Gene HoglanGene Hoglan
American
Sandy WestSandy West
American
Danny SeraphineDanny Seraphine
American