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List of famous percussionists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top percussionists in the world? This includes the most prominent percussionists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable percussionists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic percussionists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned percussionists.

List is made up of many different famous percussion players, including Frank Zappa and John Bonham.

From reputable, prominent, and well known percussionists to the lesser known percussionists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the percussionist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous percussionists ever?" and "What are the names of famous percussionists?" then you're in the right place.
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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Richard Starkey Jr., MBE, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. On most of the band's albums, he sang lead vocals for one song, including "With a Little Help from My ...more

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Age: 76

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer Cinematographer, + more

Credits: George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Thomas & Friends, The Last Waltz, The Concert for Bangladesh

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Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" and was known for his virtuoso technique, power, groove, and speed. ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (1917-1987)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, Actor Drummer

Credits: Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got, Improvisation, Norman Granz: Improvisation, Away We Go Buddy Rich and His Band: Channel One Suite, + more

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#5 on The Best Drummers of All Time

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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer who is best known as the former drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the founder and frontman of the rock band Foo Fighters, with which he serves as its main songwriter, lead vocalist, and ...more

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Warren, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Actor, + more

Credits: The Wolf of Wall Street, Boyhood, Moulin Rouge!, Little Nicky

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#16 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#89 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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Mick Fleetwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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Michael John Kells "Mick" Fleetwood is a British musician and actor, best known for his role as the drummer and co-founder of the rock band Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood, whose surname was merged with that of John McVie to form the name of the band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Redruth, United Kingdom

Profession: Musician, Actor, Drummer

Credits: The Running Man, Snide and Prejudice, Burning Down the House, Zero Tolerance Fleetwood Mac: Tango in the Night, + more

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#33 on The Best Drummers of All Time

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Charlie Watts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts is an English drummer, best known as a member of The Rolling Stones. He is also the leader of an eponymous jazz band, a record producer, commercial artist, and horse breeder. ...more

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Age: 75

Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor Drummer, + more

Credits: Gimme Shelter, Stones in Exile, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, Sympathy for the Devil Stones at the Max, + more

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#36 on The Best Drummers of All Time

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Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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Keith John Moon was an English drummer who played with the English rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. In 2011, Moon was voted the second-greatest drummer in history by a Rolling Stone readers' poll. His drumming continues to be ...more

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Age: Died at 32 (1946-1978)

Birthplace: England, London

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Model Actor, + more

Credits: The Kids Are Alright, Monterey Pop, Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 1970, The Who's Tommy the Amazing Journey

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#8 on The Greatest Rock Stars Who Died Before 40

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#3 on The Best Drummers of All Time

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the rock group Genesis, and he gained worldwide fame as a solo artist. Collins is one of the most successful songwriters ...more

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Age: 66

Birthplace: Hounslow, London, England

Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Author Actor, + more

Credits: Tarzan, American Psycho, Brother Bear, The Hangover

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#65 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#30 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#33 on The Best Singers of All Time

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

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Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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Neil Ellwood Peart, OC, is a Canadian musician and author. He is the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances, and is known for his technical proficiency and stamina. Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario. During adolescence, he ...more

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

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

Credits: I Love You, Man, High Fidelity, AdventurelandThe Waterboy

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#2 on The Best Drummers of All Time

#2 on The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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