Personalities | Earl Palmer | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Drums, b. 1924)

Earl Cyril Palmer was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a member of Dave Bartholomew’s band, he played drums on the first Fats Domino session in 1949. He soon became the first – and sometimes only – call drummer for New Orleans R&B record dates, recording with a variety of artists that included Little Richard, Smiley Lewis, Bobby Mitchell, the Spiders and Shirley & Lee, and he is generally credited with bringing the New Orleans street beat into the studio. He moved to Los Angeles in 1957 and continued to be a top studio drummer for many years.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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