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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?"
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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)

Birthplace: Area code 443, Baltimore, Area code 667, United States of America United States, + more

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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#193 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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#188 on The Best Actors in Film History

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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: 74

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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#4 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#40 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#54 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#25 on The Best Singers of All Time

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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, United States of America

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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John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Percussionists
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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

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Age: Died at 32 (1948-1980)

Birthplace: Redditch, United Kingdom

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Drummer, Percussionist

Credits: Argo, The Fighter, Ocean's Twelve, The Big Short

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Zakir Hussain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Percussionists
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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 ...more

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Drummer Composer, + more

Credits: Pilgrimage, Black Friday, In Custody, Heat and Dust The Mystic Masseur, + more

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Mathieu Soucy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Percussionists
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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 ...more

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Age: 38

Birthplace: Sainte-Foy, Quebec City, Quebec City, Canada

Profession: Bassist, Performance Artist, Multimedia artist, Percussionist Concert Producer, + more

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Brian Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Percussionists
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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

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Age: Died at 27 (1942-1969)

Birthplace: England, Cheltenham

Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician Bandleader, + more

Credits: Sympathy for the Devil, 25x5: The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones, Charlie Is My Darling, 5 + 1

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#252 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#177 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#14 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30

#10 on The Greatest Rock Stars Who Died Before 40

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