Earl Palmer

Earl Palmer was the New Orleans drummer who largely defined the beat of rock 'n roll on thousands of recordings from the late 1940s on.

Dapper and outspoken, Earl Palmer may well have been the most recorded drummer in the history of popular music. He stamped his sound on everything from early Fats Domino and Little Richard hits to classic movie soundtracks to music for “The Flintstones” cartoon.

Palmer recorded with Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke, Glen Campbell, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Sonny & Cher, the Supremes and the Monkees, among many others.

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Johnny Dodds Johnny Dodds
Jeremy Steig Jeremy Steig
Leon Thomas Leon Thomas
Jesse Davis Jesse Davis
sax, alto
Steve Allen Steve Allen
Leroy Jones Leroy Jones
Jimmie Noone Jimmie Noone
Earl King Earl King
guitar, electric
Ed Blackwell Ed Blackwell

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