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    One of the most flamboyant, inventive jazz drummers to hit the stage and screen, Gene Krupa.

    He was well known for using Slingerland Drums and got them to produce tuneable toms.Gene also helped develop the modern Hi Hat pedal with Zildjian.

    Here he is in action.



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    He was one of my inspirations to play drums! But Keith Hall still remains my #1 influence...

    Really cool. I never knew he developed the hi hat pedal, but he developed it with Zildjian? Even cooler.
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    Who was Gene Krupas drum influences ? What was different about his playing style from other drummers at that time and even today ? Do you think the famous rock drummers of our time were influenced by Krupa ? I ask these questions to get drummers thinking how the great drummers have influenced the evolution of drumming. Gene Krupa was my biggest influence on playing the drums and there were many more drummers that have influence me to some degree but krupa was my inspiration.
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    Gene and Buddy Rich where the best drummers of the big band era. I can't realy say who was the best but Buddy was allways my favorite of all drummers and Gene second.
    Keep on drumming and have fun doing it.

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    Both had their good and bad points. I like Gene but thats just me as I met him when I was 8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie View Post
    Who was Gene Krupas drum influences ? What was different about his playing style from other drummers at that time and even today ? Do you think the famous rock drummers of our time were influenced by Krupa ? I ask these questions to get drummers thinking how the great drummers have influenced the evolution of drumming. Gene Krupa was my biggest influence on playing the drums and there were many more drummers that have influence me to some degree but krupa was my inspiration.
    Every current drummer owes a nod to Krupa. Check out his wikipedia page for a list of things that he brought to the table.


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    Gene was a great drummer to be sure. I saw him at the Metropole, him and Cozy Cole would play there in the mid-60's.

    There were records in the 60's of drum battles between him and Rich (Buddy liked and respected Krupa), I have them in storage with all my albums from the 60's.

    Krupa was great fun to watch, but he never had the technique that Rich had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    Gene was a great drummer to be sure. I saw him at the Metropole, him and Cozy Cole would play there in the mid-60's.

    There were records in the 60's of drum battles between him and Rich (Buddy liked and respected Krupa), I have them in storage with all my albums from the 60's.

    Krupa was great fun to watch, but he never had the technique that Rich had.
    never mind

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    He was also the first drummer to use splash cymbals

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    Talk about bringing back old threads but I do agree with Rick on Buddy Rich and Gene Kupra.
    Keep on drumming and have fun doing it.

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    Going to bump this since I was thinking about him today.

    He is one of my influences and one of the reasons I started playing. He was good friends with my grandfather back in New York.

    Along with creating the hi hat, I believe he also named the crash, splash and ride cymbals.

    He was also Peter Criss' (of KISS) drum teacher.
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    Rich and Krupa made a few "drum battle" albums back in the late '50's and "60's. I stole a ton of stuff from them.

    Rich also did a "Rich vs Roach" album way back when. He ate Roach up.

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    Being a metal,punk,rock guy you won't think I would know who Gene Krupa, and buddy rich are. In fact their my inspirationto play fast tom fills with single pedal and not double pedal.I love Gene's style too.

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    very cool series on some history of drumming with Daniel Glass

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olimpass View Post
    very cool series on some history of drumming with Daniel Glass
    Very cool stuff. I didn't know Krupa had so much influence on dual tension toms.

    Sing, Sing, Sing is still one of my favorite drum songs.
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    Buddy once said he could hit the cymbal 8 times to Gene's one hit and Gene got more applause for the one cymbal hit. I believe Gene was a showman and Buddy was more technical. I like them both. I think most of todays showman drummers can thanks Krupa and more technical can thank Rich. Just an opinion.
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    Is and always will be one of my fav drummers. Gave us as drummers a lot.
    So whats so wrong with laughing. Some need to learn to laugh

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    Very interesting video about Gene, great drummer.

    https://youtu.be/UEeIwooW0Uk

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    Both Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa were the inspiration for countless drummers and you could draw a line from their generation right up to a lot of famous drummers through the 60's, 70's and right up to today. Another great contemporary of these two guys [and who doesn't get the same mention as them] was Louis Bellson. He was definitely on a par with those guys and I tend to think of them as a "Trilogy" of guys who influenced us all. And ...yes ...I concede that Buddy was the greatest ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljmarch View Post

    He was also Peter Criss' (of KISS) drum teacher.
    Apparently he didn't teach him very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    Gene was a great drummer to be sure. I saw him at the Metropole, him and Cozy Cole would play there in the mid-60's.

    There were records in the 60's of drum battles between him and Rich (Buddy liked and respected Krupa), I have them in storage with all my albums from the 60's.

    Krupa was great fun to watch, but he never had the technique that Rich had.
    Rick I also don't think Gene had the speed that Rich had. Just my 2 cents a. and Gene was my fav then Buddy
    So whats so wrong with laughing. Some need to learn to laugh

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    I was watching the last interview that Buddy did in 1987 on The Parkinson show. I found him in good spirit even though he had a brain tumor. It's interesting to hear his views on the massive changes in popular music during this time period.

    On April 2, 1987, Rich died of heart failure following surgery for a malignant brain tumor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Apparently he didn't teach him very much.
    Criss could play like a madman, when he was sober.

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    Krupa swingin' it..
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