Earl Palmer, thanks for the rhythm.
September 28, 2008 4:42 AM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (31 comments total)
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A musician passed away
just the other day. In all likelihood you never knew his name. But you've probably heard him, no exaggeration, on thousands
of occasions. He was drummer Earl Palmer
, and some of the thousands of songs he propelled with his versatile grooves and masterful sense of time include Tutti Frutti
, La Bamba
, Let's Go Get Stoned
, I Don't Need No Doctor
, Unchained Melody
, You've Lost That Loving Feeling
... the list goes on and on
. Oh, and there's the TV themes he drummed on, like say, Mission Impossible
. And here you can see New Orleans native Earl demonstrating how he put the beat under Professor Longhair's classic Tipitina
and on Fats Domino's I'm Walkin'
. He was one superb rhythmist. Au revoir, Earl Palmer
And before all y'all start chiming in with the inevitable "what, no _______?" comments, keep in mind that I've limited myself to the original versions of all song recordings. That is, the versions that Earl Palmer himself can be heard drumming on. Even when the video images were sometimes stupid, this is about the audio
, about hearing Earl Palmer. There are no doubt more clips and audio files out there featuring Earl's drumming, and hopefully there'll be some links here in the comments to more tunes that feature his solid stick work.
Coincidentally, Palmer is also credited with session work for the film soundtrack to Hud, which, of course, starred another great artist who also just passed away, at the same age of 83, Paul Newman.