Sing, Sing, Sing – 1960

Gene Krupa

The veteran drummer on his trademark song

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Gene Krupa (1909-73) was the first superstar drummer, gaining his initial fame while with Benny Goodman’s orchestra during 1935-38.

Krupa led his own big band in the 1940s and then spent much of the rest of his career heading trios and quartets when he was not with all-star bands or having reunions with Goodman.

A household name by the late 1930s, Krupa retained his popularity throughout his career along with his swinging and crowd-pleasing style.

On the Ed Sullivan Show of June 26, 1960, Gene Krupa is showcased throughout “Sing, Sing, Sing” with his quartet which also includes Eddie Wasserman on clarinet and tenor, pianist Ronnie Ball, and bassist Jimmy Gannon.

-Scott Yanow


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