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The dates below are intended to provide a general guide to the history of drumming. Obviously, the careers and accomplishments of many of these musicians overlap into two or more periods; they are listed at the time of their first or best known work. For more dates, details, and biographical data, just follow the links below. Also check out the resources listed under BOOKS, RECORDINGS, and VIDEO.

1900 to 1920s

Baby Dodds (1898-1959)
Paul Barbarin (1899-1969)
Zutty Singleton (1898-1975)
Tubby Hall (1895-1946)
Jack Laine (1873-1966)
Vic Berton (1898-1951)
Jimmy Bertrand (1900-1960)
Tony Sbarbaro aka Tony Spargo (1897-1969)

1920s to 1940s

Billy Gladstone (1893-1961)
Cuba Austin (1906- ? )
Ben Pollack (1903-1971)
Chick Webb (1909-1939)
Sonny Greer (1895?-1982)
Walter Johnson (1904-1977)
Dave Tough (1907-1948)
Jo Jones (1911-1985)
Gene Krupa (1909-1973)
George Wettling (1907-1968)
Cozy Cole (1909-1981)
Lionel Hampton (1909-2002)
Ray Bauduc (1906-1988)
Sid Catlett (1910-1951)
Nick Fatool (1915-2000)
Ray McKinley (1910-1995)
Buddy Rich (1917-1987)
J.C. Heard (1917-1988)

1940s to 1950s

Kenny Clarke (1914-1985)
Max Roach (1924- )
Art Blakey (1919-1990)
Panama Francis (1918-2001)
Shadow Wilson (1919-1959)
Barrett Deems (1913-2000)
Gus Johnson (1913-2000)
Spike Jones (1911-1965)
Don Lamond (1920-2003)
Stan Levey (1925-2005)
Alvin Stoller (1925-1992)

1950s to 1960s

Elgin Evans
Fred Below (1926- )
Grace Brim
Clifton James (1936- )
Philly Joe Jones (1925-1985)
Jimmy Cobb (1929- )
Sonny Payne (1926-1979)
Roy Haynes (1925- )
Louie Bellson (1924- )
Arthur Taylor (1929-1995)
Shelly Manne (1920-1984)
Joe Morello (1928- )
Connie Kay (1927-1994)
Sam Woodyard (1925-1988)
Earl Palmer (1924-2008)
Charli Persip (1929- )
Alan Dawson (1929-1996)
Chico Hamilton (1921- )
Ed Blackwell (1929-1992)
Billy Higgins (1936-2001)
Paul Motian (1931- )
Dannie Richmond (1935-1988)
Ed Thigpen (1930- )
Vernel Fournier (1928-2000)
Ronnie Free (1936- )
Louis Hayes (1937- )
Phillip Paul
Sandy Nelson (1938- )

1960s to 1970s

Elvin Jones (1927-2004)
Ben Riley (1933- )
Mickey Roker (1932- )
Tony Williams (1945-1997)
Benny Benjamin (1930?-1968)
John Boudreaux
Roy Brooks (1938-2005)
Al Foster (1944- )
Albert "Tootie" Heath (1935- )
Rashied Ali (1935- )
Mel Lewis (1929-1990)
Grady Tate (1932- )
Errol Parker (1930-1998)
Sam Lay (1935- )
Mel Taylor (1933-1996)
Ron Wilson (1945-1989)
Hal Blaine (1929- )
Gary Chester (1924-1987)
Clem Cattini (1941- )
Richard "Pistol" Allen (1940-2002)
Al Jackson (1934-1975)
Bernard Purdie (1939- )
Melvin Parker (1942- )
John "Jabo" Starks
Clyde Stubblefield (1943- )
Ringo Starr (1940- )
Charlie Watts (1941- )
Mick Avory (1944- )
Dave Clark (1942- )
Michael Clarke (1946-1993)
Bobby Elliott (1942- )
Keith Moon (1947-1978)
Don Murray (1945-1996)
Ginger Baker (1940- )
Carlo Little (1938- )
Johnny "Bee" Badanjek (1948- )
Jimmy Carl Black (1938- )
Billy Mundi (1942- )
Joe Chambers (1942- )
Milford Graves (1941- )
Andrew Cyrille (1939- )
S.P. Leary (193?-1998)
Roy McCurdy (1936- )
Dino Danelli (1944- )
Mitch Mitchell (1947- )
Buddy Miles (1946- )
John Barbata (1945- )
Aynsley Dunbar (1946- )
Kenney Jones (1948- )
Mickey Hart (1943- )
Ed Cassidy (1923- )
Skip Spence (1946-1999)
Bev Bevan (1945- )
Dennis Thompson
Spencer Dryden (1938- )
Michael Giles (1942- )
Carmine Appice (1946- )
Roger Earl (1946- )
Zig Modeliste (1948- )
Jerry Edmonton (1946-1993)
Ron Bushy (1945- )
John Densmore (1944- )
Greg Errico (1946- )
Garry Peterson (1945- )
Tim Davis
Keef Hartley (1944- )
Skip Prokop
John Guerin (1939-2004)
Levon Helm (1942- )
Jim Gordon (1945- )
Jim Keltner
Roger Hawkins (1945- )
Jon Hiseman (1944- )
Brian "Blinky" Davison (1943- )
Bobby Colomby (1944- )
Danny Seraphine (1948- )
Michael Shrieve (1949- )
Robert Wyatt (1945- )
Gene Parsons (1944- )
Simon Kirke (1949- )
Clive Bunker (1946- )
Bill Bruford (1949- )
Scott Asheton

1970s to 1980s

Tony Allen (1940- )
Peter Erskine (1954- )
Phil Collins (1951- )
Christian Vander (1948- )
Dallas Taylor (1948- )
Russ Kunkel
Tiki Fulwood ( ? -1976)
Tyrone Lampkin
Airto Moreira (1941- )
Pierre Moerlen (1952- )
Neal Smith (1947- )
Carl Palmer (1951- )
Billy Hart (1940- )
Gary Mallaber (1946- )
Richie Hayward (1946- )
Billy Cobham (1944- )
Jack DeJohnette (1942- )
John Bonham (1948-1980)
Cozy Powell (1947-1998)
Jim Fox
Dale Griffin (1948- )
Ian Paice (1948- )
Bill Ward (1948- )
Alan White (1949- )
Lenny White (1949- )
Dennis Byron (1949- )
David Garibaldi (1946- )
Mike Clark (1946- )
Barry Altschul (1943- )
Ralph Humphrey (1944- )
Andy Newmark (1950- )
Harvey Mason (1947- )
Alphonse Mouzon (1948- )
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1935- )
Butch Miles (1944- )
Neil Peart (1953- )
Jeff Porcaro (1954-1992)
Tom Ardolino (1957- )
Jerome Brailey
Steve Gadd (1945- )
Robbie McIntosh (1950-1975)
Steve Ferrone (1950- )
Carlton Barrett (1950-1987)
Simon Phillips (1957- )
Sly Dunbar (1952- )
Terry Williams (1947- )
Terry Bozzio (1950- )
Tommy Ramone (1952- )
Marky Ramone (1956- )
Stewart Copeland (1952- )
Steve Smith (1954- )
D. Sharpe
Frankie "Kash" Waddy

1980s to 2000

Kenny Aronoff (1953- )
Joey Baron (1955- )
Terri Lyne Carrington (1965- )
Billy Drummond (1959- )
Sheila E (1957- )
Herman Ernest
Willie Green
Omar Hakim (1959- )
Winard Harper (1962- )
Giovanni Hidalgo (1963- )
T.S. Monk (1949- )
Rod Morgenstein (1953- )
Ralph Peterson (1962- )
Alvin Queen (1950- )
Paul Wertico (1953- )
Cindy Blackman (1959- )
Tony Reedus (1959- )
Bobby Sanabria
Dave Weckl (1960- )
Marvin "Smitty" Smith (1961- )
Akira Tana
Virgil Donati
Tim Alexander (1965- )
Russell Batiste (1965- )
Bill Stewart (1966- )
Mike Portnoy (1967- )
Dave Grohl (1969- )
Brian Blade (1970- )

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