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September 30, 1917 - April 2, 1987
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1942

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Well Git It
1943

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1945


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Drum Battle with Jerry Lewis
1955

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SHOWING OFF
1957

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Blues In The Closet
1959


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Caravan
1964

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Two O'Clock Jump
1964

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Mexicali Noise
1965


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Cherokee - Harry James
1965

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Drum Solo CARAVAN
1965

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1966

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1967


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Rotten Kid
1967

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Drum Solo
1970


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Greensleeves
1970

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Green Dolphine Street
1972


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Green Dolphine Street
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Remember April
1974


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Time Check
1973

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Nutville
1974

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Nutville
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1974

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Mercy Mercy Mercy
Private Party - 1975

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Strike Up The Band
1975

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Drum Solo
1976

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The Amazing Solo
1978

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Machine
1978

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Caravan
1978

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Drum Solo Den Haag
1978

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Full Concert Den Haag
1978

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1978

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Mel Torme
1979


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You Gotta Try
1979

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Windmachine
1979

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Buddy vs. Animal
1980


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Snare Drum
1981

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Good News
1981

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Jet Song
1982

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Bugle Call Rag
1982


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Bugle Call Rag
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Dancing Men
1982


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Birdland
1982



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Feel the Power!

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Westside Story Medley
1982

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Westside Story Medley
1982


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Brush Strokes
1982

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Time Check
1982

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Westside Story
1982

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Love For Sale
1982

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Greensleeves
1982

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Channel One Suite
1983

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Channel One Suite
1984

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Cotton Tail
1985


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Love For Sale
1985

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Norwegian Wood
1985


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Westside Story Medley
1985

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Channel One Suite
1985


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Hawaiian War Chant
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Buddy Rich
Arguably the greatest jazz drummer of all time, the legendary Buddy Rich exhibited his love for music through the dedication of his life to the art. His was a career that spanned seven decades, beginning when Rich was 18 months old and continuing until his death in 1987. Immensely gifted, Rich could play with remarkable speed and dexterity despite the fact that he never received a formal lesson and refused to practice outside of his performances.

Born Bernard Rich to vaudevillians Robert and Bess Rich on September 30, 1917, the famed drummer was introduced to audiences at a very young age. By 1921, he was a seasoned solo performer with his vaudeville act, "Traps the Drum Wonder." With his natural sense of rhythm, Rich performed regularly on Broadway at the age of four. At the peak of Rich's early career, he was the second-highest paid child entertainer in the world.

Rich's jazz career began in 1937 when he began playing with Joe Marsala at New York's Hickory House. By 1939, he had joined Tommy Dorsey's band, and he later went on to play with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Ventura, Louis Armstrong and Gene Krupa. Rich was regularly featured in Jazz at the Philharmonic during the late 40s. He also appeared in such Hollywood films as Symphony of Swing (1939), Ship Ahoy (1942) and How's About It (1943).

Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Rich toured with his own bands and opened two nightclubs, Buddy's Place and Buddy's Place II. Both clubs were regularly filled to capacity by fans of the great master drummer. After opening Buddy's Place II, Rich introduced new tunes with elements of rock into his repertoire, demonstrating his ability to adapt to his audience's changing tastes and establishing himself as a great rock drummer.

Known for his caustic humor, Rich was a favorite on several television talk shows including the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Mike Douglas Show, the Dick Cavett Show and the Merv Griffin Show. During these appearances, Rich entertained audiences through his constant sparring with the hosts and his slights of various pop singers.

This famed musician received outstanding recognition throughout his career. The Downbeat Magazine Hall of Fame Award, the Modern Drummer Magazine Hall of Fame Award and the Jazz Unlimited Immortals of Jazz Award are just a few of his numerous honors. Rich gained international attention for such master compositions as his 10-minute West Side Story medley. During his lengthy career, Rich toured around the globe, performing for millions of fans and several world leaders including the king of Thailand, the queen of England, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Regan and King Hussein of Jordan.

On April 2, 1987, Rich died of heart failure following surgery for a malignant brain tumor. Long-time friend, Frank Sinatra, presented the eulogy at Rich's funeral. Today, Buddy Rich is remembered as one of history's greatest musicians. According to jazz legend Gene Krupa, Rich was "The greatest drummer ever to have drawn breath."



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