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Famous Female Drummers

List of famous female drummers, featuring bios and photos when available. This female drummers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being drummers. The female drummers of note are listed by their level of prominence, and you can be sorted by various bits of information like date of birth or birthplace. There are thousand of females working as drummers in the world, but this list highlights only the notable ones.

People on this list include Paramore and Karen Carpenter.

When you think of famous female drummers, there are two who stand heads and shoulders ahead of the pack. If you aren't naming Sheila E. or Meg White as your favorite and the best female drummers, well, you should get your head examined. These two icons have range as drummers and probably the most famous of all time.

While this isn't a list of all female drummers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female drummers in the world?" and "Who are the best female drummers?"

The most notable female drummers in history and today are shown below. Enjoy this list of well-known, leading female drummers. If you want to share these historic female drummers you can use one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (50 items)

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    Sheila Escovedo, known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American singer, drummer, and percussionist whose notable collaborators include Prince, Billy Cobham, Lionel Richie, George Duke, Ringo Starr, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Hans Zimmer and Kanye West. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Drummer, Singer + 2 more
    • Credits: The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Krush Groove, Gone Country, Chasing Papi, The Next Great American Band + 8 more
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    Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters. Although her skills as a drummer earned admiration from drumming luminaries and peers, she is best known to the layman for her vocal performances. She had a contralto vocal ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 33 (1950-1983)
    • Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Actor, Drummer, Singer
    • Credits: The 5th Dimension Travelling Sunshine Show
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    Jaclyn Roxane Chan, also known simply as Jacki R. Chan or Jacki Chan, is an American actress, musician, and Model. She has appeared in various magazines, calendars and print ads, as well as several motion pictures, television shows, and commercials. She is niece to Hollywood stuntman Darryl ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Model, Actor, Lawyer
    • Credits: Rent, Deep in the Valley, Devil's Den, Casting Ripe Live, Minty: The Assassin
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    Maureen Ann "Moe" Tucker is an American drummer, singer and musician best known for having been the drummer for the New York City-based experimental avant-garde ensemble the Velvet Underground. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Levittown, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Drummer, Singer
    • Credits: The Velvet Underground: Under Review, Velvet Underground: Velvet Redux Live MCMXCIII
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    Rachel Sage Piña-Trachtenburg, better known as Rachel Trachtenburg, is an American musician, singer, actress, model, talk radio host and activist. Trachtenburg is most notable for her key role as drummer and backup vocalist of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, a family band consisting of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 22
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model, Radio personality, Actor + 2 more
    • Credits: Ruchiki
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    Jennifer Carole "Jen" Ledger is an English drummer and co-vocalist for the American Christian rock/hard rock band Skillet. At the age of eighteen she became Skillet's drummer, when their former drummer Lori Peters retired. Ledger relocated to the United States at age 16 to major in drums at Living Light ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 26
    • Birthplace: Coventry, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Musician, Drummer, Singer
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    Jenny Jones is a talk show host and comedian. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Bethlehem
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Actor, Drummer, Singer
    • Credits: Laughing Out Loud: Vol. 4, The Jenny Jones Show
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    Tobi Celeste Vail is an independent musician, music critic and feminist from Olympia, Washington. She was a central figure in the riot grrl scene—she coined the spelling of "grrl"—and she started the zine Jigsaw. A drummer, guitarist and singer, she was a founding member of the band Bikini Kill. Vail ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Auburn, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Drummer, Singer, Women's rights activist
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    Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York. The group released its debut album All We Know Is Falling in 2005, and its second album Riot! in 2007, which was ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Drummer, Guitarist
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    Caroline Georgina Corr, known to fans as the "Chick with Stick", is an Irish singer and drummer for the Celtic folk rock band The Corrs. In addition to the drums, Corr plays the bodhrán, percussions and piano. The Corr siblings were appointed honorary MBEs in 2005, in recognition of their music and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Dundalk, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Musician, Drummer, Singer
    • Credits: Corrs: Live at The Royal Albert Hall
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    G. B. Jones is a Canadian artist, filmmaker, musician, and publisher of zines based in Toronto, Canada. Her art work has been featured at galleries around the world, and her films screened at numerous film festivals, both in Canada and abroad. Her most recent musical project is Opera Arcana. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
    • Profession: Publisher, Musician, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor + 4 more
    • Credits: No Skin Off My Ass, The Yo-Yo Gang, The Lollipop Generation, Bruce and Pepper Wayne Gacy's Home Movies, Boy + 1 more
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    Meg White is an American drummer from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan best known for her work with Jack White in the Detroit rock duo The White Stripes. She and White decided to form a band two months after she first played Jack's drums on an impulse in 1997. They called themselves The White Stripes ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Drummer, Bartender + 1 more
    • Credits: Coffee and Cigarettes, The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights, The White Stripes: Rhinoceros
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    Leila Bela is an Iranian-born American avant-garde musician, writer, photographer, actress, multi-instrumentalist, playwright and record producer from Austin, Texas. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
    • Profession: Record producer, Musician, Actor, Drummer, Singer + 3 more
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Corvallis, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Musician, Film Producer, Drummer + 1 more
    • Credits: Oranges, The Hit List, The Sensei, Ball & Chain, Dreams on Spec
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    Ana Torres-Alvarez is a film producer, director and screenwriter. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Granada, Spain
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Drummer, Film Director
    • Credits: A Matter of Hair, Ive Got Something To Tell You
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    Kate Schellenbach is the drummer of Luscious Jackson and was a former member of an early incarnation of the Beastie Boys. Schellenbach was born in New York City, New York. She played with the Beastie Boys from 1981 to 1984, and drummed for Luscious Jackson until the band broke up in spring of 2000, and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Musician, Drummer, Singer
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    Terri Lyne Carrington is a Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer, record producer and entrepreneur. She has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Yellowjackets, and many others. She toured with each of Hancock's musical ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Drummer, Singer
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    Atsuko Yamano is a founding member of the Japanese rock trio Shonen Knife. When the band was first started, Atsuko played drums and provided backup vocals. A former fashion designer, she was also responsible for designing the band's stage outfits. After the departure of Michie Nakatani, Atsuko switched ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, Japan
    • Profession: Bassist, Backing vocalist, Drummer
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    Pamela Jintana Racine is an American drummer and dancer formerly in the band Gogol Bordello. Her father is American from the state of Vermont, United States, while her mother originates from Khorat, Thailand. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Model, Drummer, Dancer
    • Credits: Everything Is Illuminated
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    Patricia Theresa Schemel is an American drummer and musician who rose to prominence as the drummer of alternative rock band Hole from 1992 until 1998. In 1998, Schemel left Hole, and in the early 2000s reunited with Hole frontwoman Courtney Love during her solo career, and later drummed for Juliette and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Marysville, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Drummer
    • Credits: Not Bad for a Girl
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