READ
50.9k readers

List of Famous Percussionists

Updated October 13, 2018 50.9k views695 items

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.
...more
  • Sir Richard Starkey (born 7 July 1940), known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English...  more

    More Ringo Starr 

    The Best Ringo Starr Albums of All-Time#409 of 739 The Best Singers Of All Time

  • Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and...  more

    More Buddy Rich 

    The Best Buddy Rich Albums of All Time#13 of 19 Historical Figures Who Were Accomplishing Feats Of Greatness A Lot Younger Than You Thought

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

    More Dave Grohl 

    15 Crazy But True Stories About Nirvana#166 of 244 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities In The World

  • Michael John Kells Fleetwood (born 24 June 1947) is a British musician and actor, best known...  more

    More Mick Fleetwood 

    12 Insane Things You Didn’t Know About Mick Fleetwood#137 of 183 The Best Musicians Who Performed on SNL In The '80s

  • Charlie Watts

    Charles Robert Watts (born 2 June 1941) is an English drummer, best known as a member of the...  more

    More 

    #163 of 309 Famous People Most Likely to Live to 100#11 of 12 12 Celebrities We Never Realized Were Actually Huge History Nerds

  • Keith John Moon (23 August 1946 – 7 September 1978) was an English drummer for the rock band...  more

    More Keith Moon 

    #30 of 193 Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely#344 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • Philip David Charles Collins (born 30 January 1951) is an English drummer, singer,...  more

    More Phil Collins 

    The Best Phil Collins Songs of All Time#131 of 196 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

  • Neil Ellwood Peart (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer...  more

    More Neil Peart 

    #121 of 216 The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time#9 of 21 21 Most Notoriously Introverted Rock Stars Of All Time, Ranked By How Much They Rock

  • Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker (born 19 August 1939) is an English drummer and a founder of the...  more

    More Ginger Baker 

    Insane Stories About The Unhinged Life Of Cream Drummer Ginger Baker#964 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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

    More Levon Helm 

    #40 of 70 The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time#6 of 101 The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas

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

    More John Densmore 

    #1464 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#321 of 362 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

  • Thomas Lee Bass (born October 3, 1962) is an American musician and founding member of Mötley...  more

    More Tommy Lee 

    Inside Pamela Anderson And Tommy Lee's Complicated Relationship#163 of 272 The Sexiest Musical Artists of All Time

  • Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American...  more

    More Frank Zappa 

    The Best Frank Zappa Albums List#226 of 489 The Best Rock Vocalists

  • Vincent Samson Appice (born September 13, 1957) is an American rock drummer best known for his...  more
  • William Thomas Berry (born July 31, 1958) is a retired American musician who was the drummer...  more

    More Bill Berry 

    #83 of 115 The Best Musical Artists From Georgia#3 of 10 Overdoses, Electrocutions, And Other Times Musicians Nearly Died On Stage

  • Nicholas Berkeley Mason, (born 27 January 1944) is an English drummer, best known as a...  more
  • Michael Charles Avory (born 15 February 1944) is an English musician, best known as the...  more
  • Kenny Aronoff (born March 7, 1953 in Albany, New York) is an American drummer who has been the...  more
  • Carmine Appice ( ) (born December 15, 1946) is an American drummer and percussionist most...  more
  • Fred Astaire (born May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor,...  more

    More Fred Astaire 

    The Best Fred Astaire Movies#123 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History

  • Rick Allen

    Richard John Cyril Allen (born 1 November 1963) is an English drummer who has played for the...  more

    More 

    #861 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#46 of 84 Celebrities Who Have Been Charged With Domestic Abuse

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

    More Lars Ulrich 

    #17 of 39 The Best Short Male Singers#11 of 13 Here Is How People Responded To Kurt Cobain's Death

  • Eddie Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson III; December 23, 1964) is an American musician,...  more

    More Eddie Vedder 

    #32 of 136 Famous Accordionists#44 of 185 The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

  • Joey Kramer

    Joseph Michael Kramer (born June 21, 1950) is the American drummer for the hard rock band...  more

    More 

    #127 of 532 The Best Drummers Of All Time#48 of 77 The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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

    More Sheila E. 

    #280 of 465 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s#153 of 188 The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today