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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}
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    Stevie Wonder

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan, United States of America

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    Jason Schwartzman

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Jason Francesco Schwartzman (born June 26, 1980) is an American actor, screenwriter, executive... more on Wikipedia

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    Nick Jonas

    Nick Jonas

    Age: 28

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

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

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    Adam Goldstein

    Adam Goldstein

    Dec. at 36 (1973-2009)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Lars Ulrich

    BirthplaceGentofte Municipality, Copenhagen, Denmark

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

    Dave Grohl

    Age: 51

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

    David Eric Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and... more on Wikipedia

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    Adam Brody

    Adam Brody

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceCarlsbad, California, United States of America

    Adam Jared Brody (born December 15, 1979) is an American actor, writer, musician and producer.... more on Wikipedia

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    Travis Barker

    BirthplaceFontana, California, United States of America

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    Sheila E.

    Sheila E.

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    Sheila Cecelia Escovedo (born December 12, 1957), better known under the stage name Sheila E.,... more on Wikipedia

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    Jack White

    Jack White

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

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

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    Lex van den Berghe

    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, United States of America

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    Ed Shaughnessy

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Richard Christy

    BirthplaceFort Scott, Kansas, United States of America

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

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    Mike D

    Mike D

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Fred Armisen

    BirthplaceHattiesburg, Mississippi, USA

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

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    Dennis Wilson

    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 on Wikipedia

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    Karen Carpenter

    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 on Wikipedia
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    John Densmore

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

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

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    Steven Adler

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

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

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    Jacki R. Chan

    BirthplaceUSA, California, San Francisco

    Jaclyn Roxane Chan (born December 2, 1980), also known simply as Jacki R. Chan or Jacki Chan,... more on Wikipedia
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    Questlove

    Questlove

    Age: 49

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Rikki Rockett

    BirthplaceMechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Joe Escalante

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California, United States of America

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    Levon Helm

    Levon Helm

    Dec. at 72 (1940-2012)

    BirthplaceUSA, Elaine, Arkansas

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

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    Patrick Stump

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America

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