Drummers

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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 1 Phil Collins

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

 2 Alex van Halen

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch, American

Alex Van Halen is an American musician known for his drumming skills. He is credited with co-founding the now-defunct band, Van Halen. The band's self-titled debut album influenced several musicians in hard rock at the time of its release in 1978. Alex is also credited with coining the term brown sound, which was usually associated with his late-brother Eddie's guitar.

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 3 Ringo Starr

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

English musician, singer, and songwriter, Ringo Starr, gained international fame as the drummer for the rock band, the Beatles. Raised by a single mother, he had a difficult childhood. He sought solace in music and it became his vocation. After finding success with the Beatles, he embarked on a solo career as well.

 4 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.

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 5 Tommy Lee

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Greek, American
Best known as the drummer and founding member of the bands Mötley Crüe and Methods of Mayhem, Tommy Lee Bass has been riddled with major controversies and has even spent time in jail for spousal abuse. Brash and bold, he has also been named to VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists list.

 6 Desi Arnaz Jr.

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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 7 Patrick Wilson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Patrick Wilson is an American actor, director, and singer. He is known for his contribution across all the three major acting mediums. Well-known for playing demonologist Ed Warren in popular supernatural horror film, The Conjuring, Patrick Wilson is often cast in horror films, due to which he has earned a reputation as a scream king in Hollywood.

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 8 A. R. Rahman

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
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 9 Mick Fleetwood

Mick Fleetwood
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 10 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.

 11 Teddy Geiger

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

 12 Jack Antonoff

Jack Antonoff
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 13 Don Henley

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

 14 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.

 15 John Bonham

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Famous As: Drummer of Rock Band Led Zeppelin
Birthdate: May 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: September 25, 1980

John Bonham was an English drummer and songwriter. Considered one of the most influential and greatest rock drummers in history, Bonham was part of the world-renowned rock band Led Zeppelin. He influenced several drummers like Joey Kramer, Dave Grohl, Ian Mosley, Neil Peart, and Tommy Lee among other famous drummers. Bonham is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

 16 Teddy Pendergrass

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

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

 18 Neil Peart

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian
Died: January 7, 2020

Neil Peart was a Canadian songwriter, author, and musician. Best known as the drummer of the popular rock band Rush, Peart was nicknamed The Professor for his technical proficiency. In 1983, Neil Peart became the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Modern Drummer publication's Readers Poll Hall of Fame.

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 19 Phil Rudd

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: May 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian

 20 Lars Ulrich

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: December 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Danish

Musician, songwriter, and record producer, Lars Ulrich, is best known as the drummer and co-founder of American heavy metal band Metallica. Born into a family of tennis players, he was initially expected to play the sport as well. However, he was more interested in music and proceeded to pursue a successful career in the field. 

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 21 Nick Cave

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian
Nick Cave is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. The ARIA Hall of Fame inductee is known for the intense themes of his songs, such as death. He has also written several books, including novels and anthologies of his poetry. 

 22 Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
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 23 Alex Wolff

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

 24 Questlove

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

 25 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

 26 Anderson Paak

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

 27 Marcus Mumford

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British, American

 28 Chad Kroeger

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
Chad Kroeger gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Nickelback, delivering hit singles such as How You Remind Me and topping the Canadian charts. He later co-founded the band The Suits XL and also collaborated with major artists such as Santana and Avril Lavigne.

 29 Thundercat

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

 30 Fatboy Slim

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Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: July 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 31 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.

 32 Gary Burghoff

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

 33 Jamie Cullum

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Famous As: Composer, Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Singer, Percussionist, Drummer
Birthdate: August 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 34 Breckin Meyer

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 35 Fabrizio Moretti

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: June 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Brazilian, American

 36 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

 37 Ginger Baker

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Famous As: Drummer, Jazz musician, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 38 Jake Busey

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

 39 Stephen Stills

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

 40 Vinnie Paul

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

 41 Nick Mason

Nick Mason
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 42 Harry Judd

Harry Judd
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: December 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 43 Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 44 James McCartney

James McCartney
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 45 Joshua Dun

Joshua Dun
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 46 Max Weinberg

Max Weinberg
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: April 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 47 Buddy Rich

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

 48 Stewart Copeland

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

 49 John Dolmayan

John Dolmayan
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Lebanese, American

 50 Chad Smith

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