Buddy Rich: One of a Kind: The Making of the World's Greatest Drummer

Buddy Rich: One of a Kind: The Making of the World's Greatest Drummer

by Pelle Berglund


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(Percussion). In this meticulously researched biography, author Pelle Berglund presents the first comprehensive book on the life of Buddy Rich, still considered by many to be the greatest drummer ever to pick up sticks. Using interviews with many of Buddy's band members (some conducted by the author himself) along with extensive sourcing of quotes from practically every interview ever given by Buddy himself, a complete chronology of Buddy's life is presented along with insights into what drove him and what he thought about the various situations and people he encountered through his life. One of a Kind recounts each chapter of a life lived in the spotlight: childhood star Traps, the Drum Wonder; young jazz drummer with Joe Marsala an Bunny Berigan; star sideman with Artie Shaw, Harry James, and Tommy Dorsey; and leading various incarnations of the Buddy Rich Big Band. A twentieth century icon, Buddy's relationships with Shaw, Dorsey, Count Basie, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Gene Krupa, Norman Granz, Lana Turner, and his family, including wife Marie and daughter Cathy, are insightfully investigated. Never-before-seen photos of Buddy culled from the private collection of collector Charley Braun add a new perspective on Buddy's life including a 16-page featured photo section. Beyond providing a complete timeline of Buddy Rich's life, One of a Kind provides a glimpse into the mind of a musical titan who demanded greatness from himself and those around him, and became of the most celebrated and controversial stars in music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540064233
Publisher: Hudson Music
Publication date: 09/01/2019
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 135,549
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Preface 10

1 Fascinating Rhythm 11

2 Enter the Jazz Scene 23

3 Joe Marsala and His Chicagoans 39

4 Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra 53

5 Artie Shaw and His Orchestra 67

6 Drummer Without a Band 79

7 Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra 93

8 Love and War 113

9 Buddy Rich and His Orchestra 131

10 Stubborn Guy 149

11 Jazz at the Philharmonic 163

12 Crossroads 179

13 Drum Barbecue 199

14 Struggling on the Road 211

15 Swinging New Big Band 233

16 Different Drummer 255

17 Buddy's Places 277

18 Life at Stake 301

19 Epilogue 327

Footnotes 333

Acknowledgments 347

Sources 348

Filmography 355

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