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The Greatest Drummers of All Time

Too often we forget to celebrate the men and women who are behind the amazing sounds and instrumentals of our favorite songs. These drummers have been at it for years and it’s about time they got their due credit. Here are 30 of the greatest drummers of all time!

 

#30. CLIFTON JAMES

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This Chicago born talent played for blues Legends like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson and Bo Diddley.

 

#29. CARLTON BARRETT

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If you had anything to do with Bob Marley, you are pretty much awesome. Barrett’s tumbling tom-toms followed by the high, whip-cracking snare that launched a thousand tracks revolutionized reggae sound, popularizing the music’s signature “one drop” rhythm in the Wailers and Bob Marley’s solo band.

 

#28. CARMINE APPICE

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Carmine Appice literally wrote the book on rock drumming in 1972. The Realistic Rock Drum Method has been a staple since its release.



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