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)
Athena LeeAthena Lee
(American)
Vinnie PaulVinnie Paul
(American)

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

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

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Mike PortnoyMike Portnoy
(American)
The RevThe Rev
(American)
Eric CarrEric Carr
(American)

Jason BonhamJason Bonham
(British)
Steven AdlerSteven Adler
(American)
Jeff PorcaroJeff Porcaro
(American)

Zak StarkeyZak Starkey
(British)
Phil RuddPhil Rudd
(Australian)
Dave LombardoDave Lombardo
(Cuban,American)

Jan Axel BlombergJan Axel Blomberg
(Norwegian)
Chris SladeChris Slade
(British)
Peter ErskinePeter Erskine
(American)

Jay WeinbergJay Weinberg
(American)
GoldieGoldie
(British)
Cozy PowellCozy Powell
(British)

Ville ValoVille Valo
(Finnish)
Danny CareyDanny Carey
(American)
Mitch MitchellMitch Mitchell
(British)

Brad WilkBrad Wilk
(American)
Carl PalmerCarl Palmer
(British)
Jamie CullumJamie Cullum
(British)

Kate SchellenbachKate Schellenbach
(American)
Christoph SchneiderChristoph Schneider
(German)
Topper HeadonTopper Headon
(British)

Kenney JonesKenney Jones
(British)
Steve GaddSteve Gadd
(American)
Matt SorumMatt Sorum
(American)

Nicko McBrainNicko McBrain
(British)
Gene KrupaGene Krupa
(American)
Fabrizio MorettiFabrizio Moretti
(Brazilian,American)

Robert WyattRobert Wyatt
Will ChampionWill Champion
(British)
Liberty DeVittoLiberty DeVitto
(American)

Ian PaiceIan Paice
(British)
Aynsley DunbarAynsley Dunbar
(British)
John DolmayanJohn Dolmayan
(Lebanese,American)

Michael ShrieveMichael Shrieve
(American)
Terry BozzioTerry Bozzio
(American)
Bun E. CarlosBun E. Carlos
(American)

Richard ChristyRichard Christy
(American)
Kenny AronoffKenny Aronoff
(American)
Steve JoczSteve Jocz
(Canadian)

Gene HoglanGene Hoglan
(American)
Sandy WestSandy West
(American)
Nigel OlssonNigel Olsson
(British)

Cliff MartinezCliff Martinez
(American)
Clive BurrClive Burr
(British)
Vinnie ColaiutaVinnie Colaiuta
(American)

Harry JuddHarry Judd
(British)
Jet BlackJet Black
(British)
Morgan RoseMorgan Rose
(American)

Todd La TorreTodd La Torre
(American)
Danny SeraphineDanny Seraphine
(American)
Ashwin SoodAshwin Sood
(Canadian)