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List of Famous Percussionists

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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 people, 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. (696 items)
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    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 Friends", ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • 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, USA, New York
    • 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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    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: 46
    • Birthplace: Warren, Ohio, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Wolf of Wall Street, Boyhood, Moulin Rouge!, Little Nicky
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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: age 68
    • 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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    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: age 74
    • Birthplace: London, England
    • 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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    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: Wembley, London, United Kingdom
    • 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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    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 and ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Tarzan, American Psycho, Brother Bear, The Hangover
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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: 63
    • Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: I Love You, Man, High Fidelity, Adventureland, The Waterboy
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