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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: August 17, 1922 | Died: February 26, 2004    

Jack Sperling

The definitive American Big Band and studio drummer. He was a recording artist, versatile jazz combo and dynamic Dixieland musician. In 1941 he played with trumpeter Bunny Berigan

Bunny Berigan
Bunny Berigan
1908 - 1942
trumpet
. Following the end of World War II Jack, along with a young pianist Henry Mancini, joined Tex Beneke
Tex Beneke
Tex Beneke
1914 - 2000
saxophone
when he took the popular Glenn Miller big band on the road (1946-1949), following Miller's death....
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    Pete Fountain Presents Jack Sperling And His Fascinatin' Rhythm

    Strand Records
    1961

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Pete Fountain Presents Jack Sperling And His Fascinatin' Rhythm

Coral Records (1961)
The best drummer? Jack Sperling. He did maybe 40 albums with me, in California and New York. Just a fantastic drummer. He's kinda semi-retired. Jack was almost ten years older than me - I'm going on 72, Jack would be 82 now. He did a lot of stuff with a lot of big bands around the country - Les Brown for years. He did a lot of studio work. His stuff with me is just phenomenal.
Pete Fountain in an interview with Bunny Matthews

PETE FOUNTAIN DAY October 29, 1959. New Orleans paid him homage, with a concert at the Municipal Auditorium capping festivities. Drummer Jack Sperling, his two bass drums, various smaller drums and cymbals, and ex-Stan Ken-ton bassist, Don Bagley, were flown in from Holly- wood for the occasion...

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Rogers drums and hardware. Sperling's signature set was double 22" bass drums, twin toms and twin floor toms on either side, white mother of pearl. Earlier in his career through the 60's Sperling played Ludwig before endorsing Rogers.
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