Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Unknown
Band: Heart, Montrose, Gamma, Whitesnake, Coverdale/Page, Sammy Hagar, Sweet Linda
Genres: Hard Rock, Pop, Top 40
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Denny Carmassi was born into a family of drummers; his father, his uncle, and his brother each played the drums. Some of Denny Carmassi's earliest memories are his father rehearsing after work with his band in the kitchen of their home. Occasionally they allowed young Denny Carmassi to sit in with them.

Denny Carmassi's father exposed Denny to great musicians, including Buddy Rich, Jimmy Vincent, Louie Prima, Ray Charles, Earl Palmer, D.J. Fontana, Al Jackson Jr., and many more.

Out of high school, Denny Carmassi joined a band called Sweet Linda Devine. The band recorded an album in New York, but before long they parted ways. Denny Carmassi went on to work with several local bands in the Bay Area and began working with Montrose and Sammy Hagar in the 1970s.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Denny Carmassi worked with the Gamma, Heart, Cinderella, .38 Special and Stevie Nicks, Ted Nugent, and Whitesnake. He also performed on several film soundtracks.

Denny Carmassi continued to work with these artists in the 21st century; he also recorded with Kim Carnes, Randy Newman, Al Stewart, and 707.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1970 Sweet Linda Divine Sweet Linda Divine
1973 Montrose Montrose
1974 Paper Money Montrose
1975 Warner Brothers Presents...Montrose Montrose
1976 Jump on It Montrose
1977 Musical Chairs Sammy Hagar
1978 All Night Long Sammy Hagar
1978 Randy Meisner Randy Meisner
1979 St. Paradise St. Paradise
1980 Gamma 2 Gamma
1980 Loud & Clear Sammy Hagar
1981 Heart Heart
1982 Gamma 3 Gamma
1982 Randy Meisner Randy Meisner
1983 Passionworks Heart
1984 Key of Cool Mitchell Froom
1984 Russians & Americans Al Stewart
1985 Confessor Joe Walsh
1985 Heart Heart
1985 Rock a Little Stevie Nicks
1986 Strength in Numbers .38 Special
1987 Bad Animals Heart
1987 Over the Top Original Soundtrack
1988 Long Cold Winter Cinderella
1988 Russell Hitchcock Russell Hitchcock
1990 Brigade Heart
1990 Golden Child Original Soundtrack
1991 Rock the House Live! Heart
1992 Best of Gamma Gamma
1993 Coverdale/Page Coverdale/Page
1993 Desire Walks On Heart
1994 Whitesnake's Greatest Hits Whitesnake
1995 Randy Newman's Faust Randy Newman
1995 Spirit of the Wild Ted Nugent
1997 Marching to Mars Sammy Hagar
1998 Restless Heart Whitesnake
2000 Gamma 4 Gamma
2000 Marching to Mars Sammy Hagar
2000 Trip to Heaven 707
2000 Very Best of Montrose Montrose
2001 Anthology .38 Special
2001 CafÈ Racers Kim Carnes
2001 Gamma4 Gamma4
2002 Capitol Records 1942-2002 Various Artists
2002 Essential Heart Heart
2002 Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection Whitesnake
2003 Randy Newman's Faust Randy Newman
2003 Silver Anniversary Collection Whitesnake
2003 Very Best of the A&M Years (1977-1988) .38 Special
2005 Just Yesterday Al Stewart
2005 Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits Cinderella
2006 Fourth Decade 707
2006 Gold Cinderella
2006 Outside Looking In Bruce Turgon
2007 Heavy Metal Box Various Artists
2007 One More Song/Randy Meisner Randy Meisner


  • "I'm a firm believer in what goes in your ears, comes out your hands." - Denny Carmasi

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Drums: Noble and Cooley
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Sticks: Vic Firth

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