Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa was a Big Band drummer, band leader and composer known for his energetic style and showmanship.  In 1934, he joined Benny Goodman's band, where his drum work made him a national celebrity. His tom-tom interludes on the hit "Sing, Sing, Sing" were the first extended drum solos to be recorded commercially.  Conflicts with Goodman prompted him to leave the group and form his own orchestra shortly after the Carnegie Hall concert in January 1938.

Krupa is considered "the founding father of the modern drumset."  In collaboration with the Slingerland drum and Zildjian cymbal manufacturers, he was a major force in defining the standard band drummer's kit.

You can hear Gene Krupa songs like "Let Me Off Uptown" and "High On A Windy Hill" on Swing City: After Dark on Swing City Radio.

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