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List of famous male percussionists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male percussionists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being percussionists. There are thousand of males working as percussionists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic percussionists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a percussionist then the people below should give you inspiration.

David Smith and Christopher Norton are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

While this isn't a list of all male percussionists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male percussionists?" and "Who are the best male percussionists?"
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Percussionists
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Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1940-1993)

Profession: Conductor, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Composer

Credits: Baby Snakes, Does Humor Belong in Music?, Uncle Meat, 200 Motels

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Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Percussionists
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Fred Astaire was an American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films and several award-winning television specials and issued numerous recordings. He was named the fifth ...more

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Age: Died at 88 (1899-1987)

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Profession: Musician, Film Producer, Choreographer, Actor, Singer, + more

Credits: Top Hat, Funny Face, Swing Time , Royal Wedding

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Percussionists
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Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, actor and singer-songwriter. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the pair's songs, including three that reached No. 1 on ...more

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Age: 75

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, + more

Credits: Forrest Gump, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Wolf of Wall Street, Watchmen

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Jack White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Percussionists
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Jack White is an American musician, record producer, and occasional actor. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the The White Stripes, although he has had success in other bands and as a solo artist. On April 24, 2012, White released his debut solo album, Blunderbuss. His second ...more

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Age: 40

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, + more

Credits: Quantum of Solace, Cold Mountain, The Lone Ranger, Silver Linings Playbook

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