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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 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.
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", "Yellow Submarine" and their cover of "Act Naturally". He also wrote the Beatles' songs "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden", and is credited as a co-writer of others, such as "What Goes On" and "Flying". Starr was twice afflicted by life-threatening illnesses during his childhood, and as a result of prolonged hospitalisations, fell behind scholastically. In 1955, he entered the workforce ...more

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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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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 rhythm guitarist. He is also the drummer and co-founder of the rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. Grohl has additionally written all the music and performed all the instruments for his short-lived side projects Late! and Probot, as well as being involved with Queens of the Stone Age numerous times throughout the past decade. He has performed session work for a variety of musicians, including ...more

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Mick Fleetwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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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 1998. Born in Cornwall, Fleetwood lived in Egypt and Norway for many of his childhood years as his father travelled with the Royal Air Force. Choosing to follow his musical interests, Fleetwood travelled to London at the age of fifteen, eventually combining with Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer and Bob Brunning who formed at Green's behest to become the first incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, of which ...more

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