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Famous Male Percussionists

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?"

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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, and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 53 (1940-1993)
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Composer
    • Credits: Y Tu Mamá También, Head, 200 Motels, The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers, The Amazing Mr. Bickford + 10 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 88 (1899-1987)
    • Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Film Producer, Choreographer, Actor, Singer + 2 more
    • Credits: The Towering Inferno, Top Hat, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, Holiday Inn, Swing Time + 52 more
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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 the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor + 8 more
    • Credits: Annie Hall, Shampoo, The Great Buck Howard, The Rutles, Monterey Pop + 25 more
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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 studio ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician + 6 more
    • Credits: Cold Mountain, Coffee and Cigarettes, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, It Might Get Loud, Stones in Exile + 7 more
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    John Henry Bonham was an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin. Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast bass-drumming, distinctive sound, and "feel" for the groove. He is considered one of the greatest rock drummers. Rolling Stone readers named him "best ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 32 (1948-1980)
    • Birthplace: Redditch, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Drummer, Percussionist
    • Credits: The Song Remains the Same, Led Zeppelin: Complete Rock Case Studies
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    Zakir Hussain is an Indian tabla player, musical producer, film actor and composer. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002, by the Government of India. He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Mumbai, India
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Drummer, Composer + 1 more
    • Credits: Pilgrimage, Black Friday, In Custody, Heat and Dust, The Mystic Masseur + 12 more
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    Mathieu Soucy is a professionnal drummer, composer and multi-instrumentist musician based in Quebec city. Drummer and percussionist for many bands and artists such as Quebec city rock alternative band Flangers and blues guitarist Gaston Gagnon, he is now writing and producing music in his home studio ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Sainte-Foy, Quebec City, Quebec City, Canada
    • Profession: Bassist, Performance Artist, Multimedia artist, Percussionist, Concert Producer + 6 more
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    Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was the founder and original bandleader of the Rolling Stones. Jones was a multi-instrumentalist, with his main instruments being the guitar, harmonica and keyboards. His innovative use of traditional or folk instruments, such as the sitar and marimba, was integral to the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 27 (1942-1969)
    • Birthplace: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader + 3 more
    • Credits: A Degree of Murder
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    Maxwell Lemuel "Max" Roach was an American jazz percussionist, drummer, and composer. A pioneer of bebop, Roach went on to work in many other styles of music, and is generally considered alongside the most important drummers in history. He worked with many famous jazz musicians, including Coleman ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 83 (1924-2007)
    • Birthplace: Newland, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator, Musician, Drummer, Composer, Percussionist
    • Credits: How to Draw a Bunny, Behind the Scenes, Vers Madrid (The Burning Bright!), The Impossible - Pieces Of Fury
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    Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente was an American salsa musician and Latin jazz composer. The son of native Puerto Ricans, Ernest and Ercilia Puente, living in New York City's Spanish Harlem community, Puente is often credited as "The Musical Pope", "El Rey de los Timbales" and "The King of Latin Music". He ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1923-2000)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Musician, Sailor, Actor, Percussionist
    • Credits: The Simpsons, Armed and Dangerous, The Mambo Kings, Eros, Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa + 3 more
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    Mickey Hart is an American percussionist and musicologist. He is best known as one of the two drummers of the rock band, The Grateful Dead. He was a member of the Grateful Dead from September 1967 to February 1971 and from October 1974 to August 1995. He and fellow Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann earned ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Author, Drummer, Composer + 2 more
    • Credits: The Grateful Dead Movie, Ticket to New Year's, Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead, The Rhythm Devils Concert Experience, Grateful Dead: Downhill from Here + 6 more
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    Tristan Frederick Allan Fry is a British drummer and percussionist. Fry began his career by joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra as a timpanist at the age of 17. He was a founder member of a number of ensembles, including the Nash, Fires of London and the London Sinfonietta. He also worked as a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 74
    • Profession: Trumpeter, Drummer, Percussionist
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    Christopher Michael "Chris" Fehn, or known by his number #3, is an American musician known as one of the two custom percussionists of the Grammy Award winning heavy metal band Slipknot and is the current bassist for the band Will Haven. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Drummer, Percussionist
    • Credits: Rollerball, Disasterpieces
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    Anandan Sivamani is a film score composer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Actor, Drummer, Percussionist
    • Credits: Padamati Sandhya Ragam, Punaradhivasam, Amali Thumali, Cape Karma, Arima Nambi + 1 more
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    Charlie Adams is an American drummer, percussionist, drum engineer, composer, music producer, and film producer. He formed the rock band Chameleon in the 1980s, and was known for his revolving, upside-down drum set. He has been drum lead for Yanni through nine major concert tours. The two have recorded ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, Drummer, Composer
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    Peter Giger is a Swiss percussionist and bandleader. 1965-68 studio-musician in Paris, again with Claude Bolling more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
    • Profession: Drummer, Percussionist
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    Trilok Gurtu is an Indian percussionist and composer, whose work has blended the music of his homeland with jazz fusion, world music and other genres. He has released his own albums and has collaborated with many artists, including Terje Rypdal, Gary Moore, John McLaughlin, Jan Garbarek, Joe Zawinul, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Mumbai, India
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Drummer, Percussionist
    • Credits: Lucky Miles, Trio: Rypdal, Vitous, Gurtu: Live from the Jazzopen Stuttgart 1994
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    Everett "Vic" Firth is an American musician and the founder of Vic Firth Company, a company that makes percussion sticks and mallets. Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the company bills itself as the world's largest manufacturer of drum sticks and mallets, which are made in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Winchester, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Percussionist
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    • Age: age 35
    • Profession: Drummer, Percussionist
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    Billy "Thunder" Mason is an American drummer who is a member of Tim McGraw's touring band, The Dancehall Doctors. He has toured or recorded with artists such as Tobin Sprout, Faith Hill, Bill Anderson, Paulette Carlson, among others. Mason has also trained with drummer Charlie Adams. His start was in a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Drummer, Percussionist
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