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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. {#nodes}
  • Stevie Wonder1

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan, United States of America

    Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is...  more
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  • Jason Schwartzman2

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Nick Jonas

    Age: 28

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, USA

    Nicholas Jerry Jonas (born September 16, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter and actor....  more

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    Adam Goldstein

    Dec. at 36 (1973-2009)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    BirthplaceGentofte Municipality, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Lars Ulrich (; Danish: [laːs ˈulˀʁæk]; born 26 December 1963) is a Danish musician,...  more

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    Dave Grohl

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceWarren, Ohio, United States of America, United States, with Territories

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    Adam Brody

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceUSA, Carlsbad, California

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    BirthplaceFontana, California, United States of America

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    Sheila E.

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

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    Jack White

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    John Anthony White (born July 9, 1975), known professionally as Jack White, is an American...  more

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    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, United States of America

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    Ed Shaughnessy

    Dec. at 84 (1929-2013)

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey

    Edwin Thomas Shaughnessy (January 29, 1929 – May 24, 2013) was a swing music and jazz drummer...  more
  • Richard Christy13

    BirthplaceFort Scott, Kansas, United States of America

    Thomas Richard Christy Jr. (born April 1, 1974) is an American drummer, radio personality and...  more

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    Mike D

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    BirthplaceUSA, Mississippi, Hattiesburg

    Fereydun Robert "Fred" Armisen (born December 4, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, writer,...  more

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    Dennis Wilson

    Dec. at 39 (1944-1983)

    BirthplaceHawthorne, California, United States of America

    Dennis Carl Wilson (December 4, 1944 – December 28, 1983) was an American musician, singer,...  more

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    Karen Carpenter

    Dec. at 33 (1950-1983)

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer who...  more

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  • John Densmore18

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    John Paul Densmore (born December 1, 1944) is an American musician, songwriter, author and...  more

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  • Steven Adler19

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    Steven Adler (born Michael Coletti; January 22, 1965) is an American musician. He is best...  more

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    BirthplaceUSA, California, San Francisco

    Jaclyn Roxane Chan (born December 2, 1980), also known simply as Jacki R. Chan or Jacki Chan,...  more
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    Age: 49

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Rikki Rockett22

    BirthplaceMechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Richard Allan Ream (born August 8, 1961), better known by the stage name Rikki Rockett, is an...  more
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    BirthplaceLong Beach, California, United States of America

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    Levon Helm

    Dec. at 72 (1940-2012)

    BirthplaceElaine, Arkansas, United States of America

    Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012) was an American musician and actor who...  more

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    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America

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