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Famous Drummers from the United States

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List of notable or famous drummers from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top drummers born in the United States and even some popular drummers who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American drummers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These drummers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known drummer from the United States is included when available.

List ranges from Stevie Wonder to Buddy Rich, plus much more.

This historic drummers from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American drummers of note?" and "Who are the most famous drummers from the United States?" These prominent drummers of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American drummers.

Use this list of renowned American drummers to discover some new drummers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (675 items)
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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 68

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Saginaw

Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music, ...more

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Jason Schwartzman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 38

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California

Jason Francesco Schwartzman (born June 26, 1980) is an American actor, screenwriter, executive producer, and musician. He is known for his frequent collaborations with Wes Anderson, such as ...more

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Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 26

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Nicholas Jerry Jonas (born September 16, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. Jonas began acting in theater at the age of seven, and released his debut single in 2002 which caught ...more

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Adam Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 36 (1973-2009)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Adam Michael Goldstein (March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009), known professionally as DJ AM, was an American disc jockey (DJ). Born in Philadelphia, Goldstein became interested in deejaying as a ...more

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Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 55

Birthplace: Gentofte Municipality, Copenhagen, Denmark

Lars Ulrich (; Danish: [laːs ˈulˀʁæk]; born 26 December 1963) is a Danish musician, songwriter, record producer and podcaster. He is best known as the drummer and co-founder of the ...more

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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 50

Birthplace: Warren, Ohio, USA

David Eric Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and director. He is the founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band Foo ...more

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Adam Brody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 39

Birthplace: Carlsbad, California, United States of America

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Travis Barker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 43

Birthplace: Fontana, California, United States of America

Travis Landon Barker (born November 14, 1975) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the drummer for the rock band Blink-182. Barker has also performed as a ...more

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Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 61

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

Sheila Cecelia Escovedo (born December 12, 1957), better known under the stage name Sheila E., is an American percussionist, singer, author, and actress. She began her career in the mid-1970s as ...more

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Jack White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 43

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

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Lex van den Berghe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 55

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

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Ed Shaughnessy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1929-2013)

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey

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Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 44

Birthplace: Fort Scott, Kansas, United States of America

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Mike D is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 53

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

Michael Louis Diamond (born November 20, 1965), better known as Mike D, is an American rapper and founding member of the hip hop group the Beastie Boys. Diamond raps, sings, and plays drums. He ...more

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Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 52

Birthplace: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States of America

Fereydun Robert "Fred" Armisen (born December 4, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and musician best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2002 until ...more

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Dennis Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 39 (1944-1983)

Birthplace: Hawthorne, California, United States of America

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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 33 (1950-1983)

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer who was part of the duo the Carpenters alongside her brother Richard. She was praised for her contralto ...more

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John Densmore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 74

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California

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Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 54

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Jacki R. Chan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 38

Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco

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Questlove is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 48

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Rikki Rockett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 57

Birthplace: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Joe Escalante is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 56

Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America

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Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1940-2012)

Birthplace: USA, Elaine, Arkansas

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Patrick Stump is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Age: 34

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

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