Drumming Legend Buddy Rich Shows Why He's Billed As 'The World's Greatest Drummer'

Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader who is known to this day as one of the greatest drummers ever to hold the sticks, and was regularly billed as "the world's greatest drummer" through most of his long and illustrious career. Rich's father noticed his talent when, at just a year old, he was able to hold a steady beat with a pair of spoons. By 18 months, he was performing on the Vaudeville circuit as "Traps the Drum Wonder," and by age 11 he was already a bandleader.

Perhaps the most surprising fact about Buddy Rich is that he never received any formal instruction in drumming, nor was he able to read music. Additionally, he often claimed that he almost never practiced, playing only during performances. Many of his bandmates recall that he would have a second drummer at most rehearsals to read the sheet music and play though one time, which was all he needed to memorize the piece to perfection.

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+14 1. MrLogical commented 9 years ago

I thought he was going to collapse when he got up and started walking!
That is incredible.

If you guys enjoyed this. I recommend the movie Whiplash which was released recently.
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+8 2. DeLiero commented 9 years ago

Regarding these "greatest drummers"... I have never understood the finenss of this "semi-chaotic" noise of these drum solos... I DO know that I have almost non existent understanding of music, especially drums :D Can't read any notes, can't sing, can't stay on note and no sense of rhythm(when I'm playing) xD
I like more kinda "normal music"... where there are drums of course :)
Well that said... knowing my own limits, epic suckiness and all regarding with music...
This still blew my mind... I could never do that, I have never seen anyone do that, COULD YOU DO THAT?! :D This gave me a glimpse of what could be said "pure awesomeness".
Enjoyed it with my mouth open in AWE as I still could not understand what all the AWE was about :D
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+6 3. smi commented 9 years ago

Dueling second best drum player:

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0 4. Malakyte commented 9 years ago

Really amazing performance!
Too bad the sound is out-of-sync, which spoils the thing a bit.
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+3 5. th3Dud3Abid3s commented 9 years ago

#2 I know what you mean. There's a point where I loose any sense of rhythm or beat. I'm sure actual musicians (especially other professional drummers) can hear more nuance then I can. With that being said, it's still obvious how much skill is required to do what he's doing... sometimes I feel the same way when listening to Jazz or Classical.
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+4 6. thundersnow commented 9 years ago

Would have no problems listening to drum solos for hours <3 ....yeah #1, I pulled up the trailer for Whiplash, and I definitely wanna watch it, thx for the info!
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+6 7. Geekster (admin) commented 9 years ago

#1 something like this ? >:)
Wait for it...

BTW I watched too that movie Nd it was genious! I recommend it too!
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+2 8. thundersnow commented 8 years ago

Watched Whiplash and loved it!