Basic Background Info

Birth: January 15, 1909 - October 16, 1973
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Band: Joe Bonamassa
Genres: Rock, Blues
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Eugene Bertram Krupa was born on January 15, 1909, in Chicago, Illinois, to Bartley and Ann Krupa. He came from a large family and was the youngest of nine children. Gene’s father passed away when Gene was very young. As a result, all nine children were forced to start working early in their lives.

Gene Krupa’s first job was as an errand boy and window cleaner for Brown Music Company—a situation that turned out very well for Gene.  It was his introduction into the music scene. Gene Krupa inevitably bought a drum set from the company’s wholesale catalogue. It was the cheapest item they offered at only sixteen dollars. This single purchase would lead Gene down the road to stardom.

As a child, Gene Krupa went down to Chicago’s south side to watch popular drummers and learn everything he could from them. Before long, Gene Krupa was focusing on his musical aspirations over his school work—much to the dismay of his mother. Gene Krupa had been raised to be very religious and was groomed to become a priest. Despite his mother’s disapproval, Gene Krupa joined his first band, The Frivolians, while still attending grammar school.

In 1924, Gene Krupa attended St. Joseph’s College, a seminary preparatory school in Rensselaer, Indiana. At St. Joseph’s, Gene Krupa studied under a classically trained professor of music named Father Ildefonse Rapp. However, Gene left after just a short year to pursue a career as a professional drummer.

Immediately after leaving St. Joseph’s, Gene Krupa immersed himself in the Chicago music scene by playing with various local bands, including the Austin High Gang. However, Gene’s career didn’t really lift off until he met Baby Dodds, a famous New Orleans drummer. From Dodds, Gene learned to polish his natural talent and go on to become a drumming legend.

Over the course of Gene Krupa’s life, he played for hundreds of different bands and his career was consistently marked by astounding innovation and personal success. Unfortunately, Gene passed away on October 16, 1973, due to heart failure.

Gene Krupa is widely regarded as the father of modern drumming. Gene Krupa is credited with being the first drum soloist and paving the way for generations of drummers to come. Gene Krupa is undoubtedly one of the most influential musical figures of his time, and his contributions can still be felt to this day.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1922 Oriental Illusions Various Artists
1923 Fats Waller and His Rhythm Fats Waller
1924 Felix the Cat Bix Beiderbecke
1924 I Got Rhythm: The Music of George Gershwin Various Artists
1924 Indispensable Bix Beiderbecke
1925 Ladies Sing Jazz, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1925 Obscure & Neglected Chicagoans Various Artists
1925 Rhythm of the Day Red Nichols & His 5 Pennies
1925 Trumpet Royalty Various Artists
1926 Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo, Vol. 2: Chicago Various Artists
1926 Piano Anthology Various Artists
1926 Riverboat Shuffle Various Artists
1927 Classic Jazz Piano Various Artists
1927 Fats Waller and His Buddies Fats Waller
1927 Windy City Jazz Eddie Condon
1929 Complete Early Band Works (1927-1929) Fats Waller
1929 1929 Fats Waller
1929 Art Deco: Sophisticated Ladies Various Artists
1929 B.G. & Big Tea in NYC Benny Goodman with Jack Teargarden
1929 Benny Goodman and the Giants of Swing Benny Goodman
1929 Early Hamp Lionel Hampton
1929 Halloween Stomp Various Artists
1929 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues Jack Teagarden
1929 Swing That Music Various Artists
1929 Swinging the Blues Various Artists
1930 1930's: The Small Combos Various Artists
1931 Complete Brunswick, Parlophone and Vocalion Bunny Berigan Sessions Bunny Berigan
1932 Henry Allen Collection, Vol. 1 (1932) Henry Allen
1932 Portrait of Bunny Berigan Bunny Berigan
1932 Reefer Songs: Original Jazz & Blues Vocals Various Artists
1934 Jazz in History, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1935 Artie Shaw & His New Music/Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Artie Shaw/Benny Goodman
1935 Benny Goodman 1935, Vol. 1 Benny Goodman
1935 Birth of Swing Benny Goodman
1935 Bunny Berigan: Leader & Sideman Bunny Berigan
1935 Complete Benny Goodman, Vol. 1 (1935) Benny Goodman
1935 Complete Small Group Recordings Benny Goodman
1935 Drummer Gene Krupa
1935 Minor Jive Roy Eldridge
1935 Original Benny Goodman Trio and Quartet Sessions, Vol. 1 Benny Goodman
1935 Pied Piper Bunny Berigan
1935 Sing, Sing, Sing† Benny Goodman
1935 Stompin' at the Savoy† Benny Goodman
1935 Streamin' & Beamin' Benny Goodman & Edmond Hall
1935 Swing Classics† Various Artists
1935 Swing Is Here Various Artists
1935 Teddy Wilson, Vol. 2: Warmin' Up Teddy Wilson
1936 1936, Vol. 2 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
1936 1936-1937 Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
1936 Air Play Benny Goodman
1936 Chu Berry Story Chu Berry
1936 Of Thee I Swing Teddy Wilson
1936 Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 2 (1936) Billie Holiday
1937 Billie Holiday (1933-1937) Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
1937 Complete Benny Goodman, Vol. 4 (1936-1937) Benny Goodman
1937 Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 3 (1936-1937) Billie Holiday
1937 1937-1938 Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
1937 1937 Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
1937 Complete 1937 Madhattan Room Broadcasts, Vol. 2 Benny Goodman
1937 Complete 1937 Madhattan Room Broadcasts, Vol. 5 Benny Goodman
1937 Complete 1937 Madhattan Room Broadcasts, Vol. 6 Benny Goodman
1937 Complete Lionel Hampton Lionel Hampton
1937 Fine & Dandy Teddy Wilson
1937 Harry James Years, Vol. 1 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
1937 Masters of Jazz, Vol. 5: Female Vocal Classics Various Artists
1937 Roll 'Em, Vol. 1 Benny Goodman
1937 Saturday Night Swing Club Various Artists
1938 1938 Bill Dodge All-Star Recordings Complete Benny Goodman
1938 1938 Gene Krupa
1938 Bolero at the Savoy Gene Krupa
1938 Complete Camel Caravan Shows† Benny Goodman
1938 Drummin' Man† Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
1938 Live at Carnegie Hall (1938) Benny Goodman
1938 To Be or Not to Bop Gene Krupa
1938 Wire Brush Stomp Gene Krupa
1939 Complete Small Combinations, Vols. 1-2 (1935-1937) Benny Goodman
1939 1939 Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
1939 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concerts† Benny Goodman
1940 1940, Vol. 1 Gene Krupa
1940 1940, Vol. 2 Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
1940 1940, Vol. 3 Gene Krupa
1940 Best of Big Bands: Drum Boogie Gene Krupa
1941 Uptown Roy Eldridge with Gene Krupa and Anita O
1941 Uptown Gene Krupa
1942 Complete Signature & London Recordings Anita O'Day
1942 Billie's Blues† Billie Holiday
1943 Ace Drummer Man Gene Krupa
1943 Original V-Disc Collection Various Artists
1943 Well Git It! Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
1944 Carnegie Hall V-Disc Session (April 1944) Tommy Dorsey
1944 One Night Stand Boyd Raeburn
1944 Rare 1944-46 Broadcast Performances Boyd Raeburn
1944 Town Hall Concerts, Vol. 2 Eddie Condon
1944 Town Hall Concerts, Vol. 3 Eddie Condon
1944 Town Hall Concerts, Vol. 4 Eddie Condon
1944 Town Hall Concerts, Vol. 5 Eddie Condon
1945 Leave Us Leap Gene Krupa
1945 Timme Rosenkrantz' 1945 Concert, Vol. 3 Gene Krupa
1945 Town Hall Concert Various Artists
1946 Way Down Yonder (1943-1944) Benny Goodman
1946 Charlie Boy Charlie Ventura
1946 Gene Krupa: Transcribed Gene Krupa
1946 Hop, Skip & Jump 1946, Vol. 3 Gene Krupa
1946 Mullenium Gerry Mulligan
1946 Trio at JATP Gene Krupa
1949 Let Me Off Uptown† Gene Krupa
1949 Lionel Hampton / Gene Krupa Gene Krupa
1950 Gems of Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1952 Great Trumpet Artists Various Artists
1952 Original Drum Battle Gene Krupa
1953 Compact Jazz: Gene Krupa Gene Krupa
1953 Exciting Gene Krupa Gene Krupa
1953 Hartford, 1953 Jazz at the Philharmonic
1953 J.A.T.P. in Tokyo Jazz at the Philharmonic
1954 Compact Jazz: Lionel Hampton Lionel Hampton
1954 Driving Gene Krupa
1954 Gene Krupa, Vol. 1 Gene Krupa
1954 Gene Krupa, Vol. 2 Gene Krupa
1954 Sing, Sing, Sing Gene Krupa
1955 Benny Goodman Story† Benny Goodman
1955 Benny Goodman Story, Vols. 1-2† Benny Goodman
1955 Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich: Compact Jazz Gene Krupa with Buddy Rich
1955 Gene Krupa Quartet Gene Krupa
1955 Jazz Rhythms of Gene Krupa Gene Krupa
1955 Krupa & Rich Gene Krupa
1955 Krupa & Rich Various Artists
1956 Drummer Man Gene Krupa with Anita O'Day and Roy Eldr
1956 King of Swing, Vol. 2 Benny Goodman
1956 Trio Quartet Quintet Benny Goodman
1957 Hey...Here's Gene Krupa Gene Krupa
1957 Krupa Rocks Gene Krupa
1958 Best of the Big Name Bands Various Artists
1958 Essential Gene Krupa Gene Krupa
1958 Gene Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements Gene Krupa
1958 Jivin' the Vibes† Lionel Hampton
1959 Big Noise from Winnetka Gene Krupa
1959 Billie Holiday Story, Vol. 1† Billie Holiday
1959 Gene Krupa Story† Gene Krupa
1961 Percussion King Gene Krupa
1962 Burnin' Beat Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich
1963 Classics in Percussion Gene Krupa
1963 Portrait of Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins
1963 Together Again! The Benny Goodman Quartet Benny Goodman/Lionel Hampton/Gene Krupa/
1964 Featuring Charlie Ventura Gene Krupa
1964 Great New Gene Krupa Quartet Gene Krupa
1965 Gene Krupa† Gene Krupa
1972 Jazz at the New School Eddie Condon
1972 Live at the New School 1972 Eddie Condon
1974 Gene Krupa, His Orchestra and Anita O'Day Gene Krupa
1976 One Night Stand Gene Krupa
1978 All Fly Home Al Jarreau
1978 Legend Gene Krupa
1981 Hollywood Hotel Original Soundtrack
1983 Big Band Jazz, Vol. 1: From the Beginning to the Fifties Various Artists
1985 Best of Gene Krupa: His Drums and His Orchestra Gene Krupa
1985 Drum Battle: Jazz at the Philharmonic Gene Krupa
1985 Gene Krupa† Gene Krupa
1985 Gene Krupa's Sidekicks Gene Krupa
1985 That Drummer's Band† Gene Krupa
1986 1924-1930 Bix Beiderbecke
1986 Remember† Benny Goodman and His Orchestras
1987 All Star Jazz Show #4: Rockin' in Rhythm† Various Artists
1987 Compact Jazz: Best of the Big Bands Various Artists
1987 Revised Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz Various Artists
1989 Best of the Big Bands† Benny Goodman
1989 Big Band Era† Various Artists
1989 Fabulous Baker Boys Dave Grusin
1989 Jazz Club: Drums Various Artists
1989 Laughter from the Hip: 24 Jazz Comedy Classics Various Artists
1990 Big Band, Vol. 1: Let's Dance Various Artists
1990 Bluebird Sampler 1990 Various Artists
1990 Handful of Keys: 13 Great Jazz Pianists Various Artists
1990 Kings of Swing† Various Artists
1990 Legendary Big Bands Gene Krupa with Count BasieÖ
1990 Big Bands' Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1991 At the Jazz Band Ball Bix Beiderbecke
1991 Be Bop Era† Various Artists
1991 Big Big Big Big Bands: Vol. 12 Various Artists
1991 Cream of Benny Goodman Benny Goodman
1991 Genius of Bix Beiderbecke Bix Beiderbecke
1991 Jazz Collector Edition, Vol. 6-10 Various Artists
1991 Jazz-Club Mainstream: Big Bands Various Artists
1991 Jazz-Club Mainstream: Dixieland Various Artists
1991 Jazz-Club Mainstream: Trombone Various Artists
1991 Jazz-Club Mainstream: Trumpet Various Artists
1991 Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 30's, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1991 Rare Recordings 1935-1936 Benny Goodman & Lionel Hampton
1991 Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1991 Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1991 Swing Back with Gene Krupa Gene Krupa
1991 Viper Mad Blues: 25 Songs of Dope and Depravity Various Artists
1992 RCA Victor Jazz: The First Half-Century - The 20's - 60's Various Artists
1992 Big Band Instrumentals: 16 Most Requested Songs Various Artists
1992 Big Band's Greatest Hits Various Artists
1992 Brother Can You Spare a Dime...† Various Artists
1992 Early Years Benny Goodman
1992 Essential Big Bands Various Artists
1992 Giants of the Big Band Era: Gene Krupa Gene Krupa
1992 Golden Years in Digital Stereo: Swing Big Bands (1929-36) Various Artists
1992 Golden Years in Digital Stereo: Swing Groups (1931-36) Various Artists
1992 Greatest Swing Instrumentals Various Artists
1992 Harlem Lullaby Mildred Bailey
1992 I'm in the Mood for Swing Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
1992 Jack Teagarden, Vol. 1 Jack Teagarden
1992 Jazz 'Round Midnight: The Big Band Various Artists
1992 Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo: Red Nichols & Miff Mole Red Nichols with Miff Mole
1992 Jazz Collector Edition Benny Goodman Orchestra
1992 Jazz-Club Mainstream: Drums Various Artists
1992 Jazz-Club Mainstream: Guitar & Bass Various Artists
1992 Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra Lionel Hampton
1992 Masters of Jazz, Vols. 6-10 Various Artists
1992 Pure Gold Benny Goodman
1992 Small Groups Various Artists
1992 Stompin' at the Savoy† Benny Goodman
1992 Swinging Big Band Christmas Various Artists
1992 When Buddha Smiles Benny Goodman
1992 You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930's Various Artists
1992 Zip-a-dee Doo-dah Various Artists
1993 Swing Time! The Fabulous Big Band Era 1925-1955 Various Artists
1993 Finest Vintage Jazz (1917-1941) Various Artists
1993 16 Most Requested Songs Benny Goodman
1993 16 Most Requested Songs Billie Holiday
1993 1931-1934 Ethel Waters
1993 Best of the Big Bands† Various Artists
1993 Best of the Big Bands† Various Artists
1993 Best of the Big Bands† Various Artists
1993 Boogie Woogie Stomp† Various Artists
1993 Can't Help Lovin' That Man Various Artists
1993 Compact Jazz: Anita O'Day Anita O'Day
1993 Hot Drums Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
1993 Jack Teagarden with Wolfe Kahn Jack Teagarden/Wolfe KahnÖ
1993 Muggshot Muggsy Spanier
1993 Yes Indeed Harry James
1994 Clarinet Marmalade: 25 Great Jazz Clarinettists Various Artists
1994 Complete Lionel Hampton, Vol. 1-2 (1937-1938) Lionel Hampton
1994 Gene's Solo Flight Gene Krupa
1994 Golden Days Teddy Wilson
1994 Hallelujah Benny Goodman
1994 His Piano and His Orchestra† Teddy Wilson with Billie Holiday
1994 In the Mood: 20 Original Big Band Hits Various Artists
1994 Indispensable Benny Goodman, Vol. 3-4 (1936-1937) Benny Goodman
1994 Indispensable Body & Soul (1927-1956) Coleman Hawkins
1994 Jazz Anthology: 1942 Various Artists
1994 Jazz from the Windy City Various Artists
1994 Little Jazz: The Best of Verve Years Roy Eldridge
1994 Masterpieces, Vol. 10 Lionel Hampton
1994 Meets the Big Bands Anita O'Day
1994 Sunday Brunch Various Artists
1994 Tommy Dorsey and His Greatest Band Tommy Dorsey
1994 Wa Da Da Bix Beiderbecke
1995 1935-1936 Benny Goodman
1995 1939-1940, Vol. 1-4 Charlie Christian
1995 1939-1940, Vol. 3 Charlie Christian
1995 1941, Vol. 7 Charlie Christian
1995 1946 Live! Gene Krupa
1995 70 Oz. of Big Band: Instrumentals Various Artists
1995 American Big Bands† Various Artists
1995 Anthology of Scat Singing, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1995 Beginning Jazz at the Philharmonic
1995 Benny Goodman and His Great Vocalists Benny Goodman
1995 Best of Ben Webster 1931-1944 Ben Webster
1995 Best of Gene Krupa Gene Krupa
1995 Best of the Big Bands† Various Artists
1995 Best of the Big Bands Gene Krupa/Woody Herman
1995 Big Band Jump: Swing Anthology Various Artists
1995 Blue & Sentimental Various Artists
1995 Body and Soul† Coleman Hawkins
1995 Ec-Stacy: 25 Great Piano Performances 1935-1945 Jess Stacy
1995 Ec-Stacy Jess Stacy
1995 Finest Vintage Jazz, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1995 Heckler's Hop Roy Eldridge
1995 His Best Recordings: 1935-1939 Bunny Berigan
1995 Hollywood Palladium† Gene Krupa
1995 Indispensable Benny Goodman, Vol. 5-6 Benny Goodman
1995 Introduction to Jack Teagarden: His Best Recordings 1928-43 Jack Teagarden
1995 It's Up to You: 1946, Vol. 2 Gene Krupa
1995 King of Swing 1958-1967 Benny Goodman
1995 Lady Day 1934-1939, Vols. 1-2 Billie Holiday
1995 Lionel Hampton, Vol. 1† Lionel Hampton
1995 Little Jazz† Roy Eldridge
1995 Lullaby of Broadway: The Best of Busby Berkeley at Warner Bros. Soundtrack
1995 Masterpieces, Vol. 13 Gene Krupa
1995 Piano Rolls & Organ 1923-1934 Vol.1&2 Fats Waller
1995 Plays Fletcher Henderson Benny Goodman
1995 Plays Jimmy Mundy Benny Goodman
1995 Radio Years, 1940 Gene Krupa
1995 Retrospective (1929-1963) Coleman Hawkins
1995 Satin Dolls: The Women of Jazz Various Artists
1995 Small Groups Benny Goodman
1995 Swingin' High Bunny Berigan
1995 They All Played Big Band Boogie Various Artists
1995 Those Fabulous Ladies of Jazz Various Artists
1995 Topaz Jazz: The Box Various Artists
1995 Vol. 1: 1933-1936 Billie Holiday
1995 Vol. 2: 1936-1937† Billie Holiday
1995 What's This-1946, Vol. 1 Gene Krupa
1996 1923-1931 Red Nichols
1996 1927-1930 Bix Beiderbecke
1996 1927-1938 Eddie Condon
1996 1927-1942 Hoagy Carmichael
1996 1928-1931 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
1996 1929-1930, Vol. 8 Bix Beiderbecke
1996 1931-1933 Benny Goodman
1996 1934-1935 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
1996 1935-1938 Billie Holiday
1996 1935-1944 Roy Eldridge
1996 1935 Benny Goodman
1996 1936-1937 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
1996 1936 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
1996 1937-1938 Benny Goodman
1996 1937 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
1996 Benny & the Singers Benny Goodman
1996 Best of Boogie Woogie, Vol. 1: 1928-1930 Various Artists
1996 Big Band Legends† Various Artists
1996 Big Band Sound: The Platinum Collection Various Artists
1996 Boogie Woogie† Tommy Dorsey
1996 Carnegie Festival Benny Goodman
1996 Chicago Style Eddie Condon
1996 Classics Big Band Jazz -- Swing That Jazz Various Artists
1996 Drummer Man† Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
1996 Eddie Condon† Eddie Condon
1996 Great Big Bands† Various Artists
1996 Greatest Hits† Benny Goodman
1996 Harlemania Various Artists
1996 His Best Recordings 1928-1941 Benny Goodman
1996 His Best Recordings:1939-1941 Charlie Christian
1996 In the Groove 1926-1939 Coleman Hawkins
1996 Introduction to Bix Beiderbecke: His Best Recordings Bix Beiderbecke
1996 Jazz Anthology: 1940 Various Artists
1996 Jazz Anthology: 1941 Various Artists
1996 Jazz Archives, No. 41: 1926/1940 Coleman Hawkins
1996 Jazz Big Names, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1996 Jeep's Blues Johnny Hodges
1996 King of Swing: Rare Recordings from the Yale University Benny Goodman
1996 Krupa Live Gene Krupa
1996 Lady Day's 25 Greatest: 1933-1944 Billie Holiday
1996 Let Me Off Uptown† Anita O'Day with Gene Krupa
1996 Let Me Off Uptown Anita O'Day
1996 Live in 1933 Benny Goodman Trio & Quartet
1996 Love Songs† Billie Holiday
1996 Masterpieces, Vol. 5 Benny Goodman
1996 Masters of Jazz, Vol. 1: Traditional Classics Various Artists
1996 Masters of Jazz, Vol. 3: Big Bands of the 30s & 40s Various Artists
1996 Minstrel Man from Georgia Emmett Miller
1996 Miss Brown to You 1933-1936 Billie Holiday
1996 Original Historic Recordings Lionel Hampton
1996 Original Historic Recordings Gene Krupa
1996 Stardust Melodies Hoagy Carmichael
1996 Stardust Jack Jenney
1996 String of Pearls: 20 Original Big Band Hits Various Artists
1996 Swing! Greatest Hits† Various Artists
1996 Swings with Strings Gene Krupa
1996 Teddy & the Girls, Vol. 1: 1935-1937 Teddy Wilson
1996 This Is Jazz, Vol. 15 Billie Holiday
1996 With Vocal Refrain: Hallelujah Various Artists
1997 1931-1939 Mildred Bailey
1997 1941-1945 Anita O'Day
1997 1941 Gene Krupa
1997 Anthology of Jazz Drumming, Vol. 2: 1928-1935 Various Artists
1997 Best of AFRS Jubilee, Vol. 15 Various Artists
1997 Best of the Big Bands† Woody Herman/Gene Krupa
1997 Gene Krupa & His Orchestra: Members Edition Gene Krupa
1997 Great Original Performances: 1924-1930 Bix Beiderbecke
1997 Hollywood's Best: The Thirties Various Artists
1997 Introduction to Coleman Hawkins† Coleman Hawkins
1997 Introduction to Teddy Wilson: 1935-1945 Teddy Wilson
1997 Jazz Hits, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1997 Jazz of the 1930's: Greatest Hits Various Artists
1997 Masterpieces, Vol. 18 Coleman Hawkins
1997 Prewar Vocal Jazz Story: 1923-1945 Various Artists
1997 RCA Victor 80th Anniversary, Vol. 1 (1917-1929) Various Artists
1997 RCA Victor 80th Anniversary, Vol. 2: 1930-1939 Various Artists
1997 Rhythm & Romance† Ella Fitzgerald
1997 Rhythmakers 1932 Billy Banks
1997 Rough Guide to Classic Jazz Various Artists
1997 Teddy & the Girls, Vol. 2: 1937-1938 Teddy Wilson
1997 This Is Jazz, Vol. 26 Lester Young
1997 Vol. 18: 1927-1942 Hoagy Carmichael
1998 1927-1944 Hoagy Carmichael
1998 1928-1939 Bud Freeman
1998 1929-1939 Waters/Goodman/Ellington
1998 1931-1940 Ethel Waters
1998 1932 Billy Banks & Jack BlandÖ
1998 1933-1944 Red Norvo
1998 1937, Vol. 3 Lionel Hampton
1998 1941, Vol. 2 Gene Krupa
1998 52nd Street: Street of Jazz Various Artists
1998 Battle of the Bands: Shaw Vs. Goodman Various Artists
1998 Big Band Special Various Artists
1998 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert 1938, Vol. 1 Benny Goodman
1998 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert 1939, Vol. 2 Benny Goodman
1998 Complete Jazz at Philharmonic on Verve 1944-1949 Various Artists
1998 Gentleman of Keyboard 1934-1957 Teddy Wilson
1998 Gold Collection† Benny Goodman
1998 Golden Age of Hollywood Various Artists
1998 In Concert Gene Krupa
1998 Introduction: His Best Recordings 1927-1931 Red Nichols
1998 Introduction: His Best Recordings 1935-46 Roy Eldridge
1998 Jazz at the Philharmonic: The Best of the 1940s Concerts Various Artists
1998 Jazz Greats† Various Artists
1998 Jazz Holiday, 1926-1931: Early Benny Goodman Benny Goodman
1998 Jazz Legends: The Collection of Swinging Jazz Various Artists
1998 Jazz Singers 1919-1994 Various Artists
1998 Jazz Suite Various Artists
1998 Keep a Song in Your Soul Alex Hill
1998 Let's Swing† Various Artists
1998 Martinique Various Artists
1998 Pennies from Heaven† Various Artists
1998 Picasso: 1929-1949 Coleman Hawkins
1998 Planet Jazz Benny Goodman
1998 Queen of Big Band Swing Helen Ward
1998 Quintessential 1, 2 & 3 Billie Holiday
1998 Selection of Swing Era, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1998 Selection of the Original Sounds of Chicago Various Artists
1998 Slippin' Around, Vol. 1 Miff Mole
1998 Swingin' with the Eel Bud Freeman
1998 Topaz Jazz: Great Bands Various Artists
1998 Topaz Jazz: Great Vocalists Various Artists
1998 Topaz Jazz: Memorable Recordings Various Artists
1998 Topaz Jazz: Top Soloists Various Artists
1998 Trio & Quartet 1935-1938 Benny Goodman
1998 Vol. 1: 1941 Anita O'Day
1998 Warner Brothers 75 Years Entertaining Various Artists
1998 V-Disc Gene Krupa
1999 1941-1942 Gene Krupa
1999 1945-1946 Charlie Ventura
1999 All Star Broadcasts Bunny Berigan
1999 Am I Blue? Ethel Waters
1999 Anthology of Jazz Drumming, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1999 Big Band Favorites† Various Artists
1999 Big Band Years Anita O'Day
1999 Charleston Chasers The Charleston Chasers
1999 Cocktail Hour: Swing Time Various Artists
1999 Complete Capitol Recordings of Gene Krupa and Harry James Gene Krupa
1999 Drummin' Man† Gene Krupa
1999 Drumming Man Gene Krupa
1999 Engine Room: A History of Jazz Drumming From Storyville to 52nd Street Various Artists
1999 Gene Krupa Story† Gene Krupa
1999 His Best Recordings 1937-1944 Harry James
1999 History of Jazz Drumming, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1999 History of Jazz Drumming, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 History of Jazz Drumming, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1999 I'm in the Mood for Swing Various Artists
1999 Juke Joint Jive: Go Daddy Go Various Artists
1999 Jumpin' Jive & Swing Favorites Various Artists
1999 Jumpin' Jive† Various Artists
1999 Key Largo Anita O'Day
1999 Knockin' on Wood Red Norvo
1999 Legendary Cleo Brown Cleo Brown
1999 Let Me Off Uptown: The Best of Anita O'Day Anita O'Day
1999 Live at the New School Gene Krupa
1999 Lost Chords: 1915-1945 Various Artists
1999 More Fabulous Swing Collection Various Artists
1999 Original Scat Man Leo Watson
1999 Original Sounds of New York City Various Artists
1999 Plays Henderson, Vol. 2 (1936-41) Benny Goodman
1999 Real Kings of Swing Various Artists
1999 Rock N Roll Boogie Various Artists
1999 Small Combos: 1935-1941 Benny Goodman
1999 Sometimes I Wonder Hoagy Carmichael
1999 Stage Door Canteen: The Songs of World War II Various Artists
1999 Stardust: 1927-1960 Hoagy Carmichael
1999 Stompin' at the Savoy† Benny Goodman
1999 Strange Fruit† Billie Holiday
1999 Swing Time, Vol. 2† Various Artists
1999 Swing With... Various Artists
1999 Swing Years† Various Artists
1999 Swingdance, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1999 Swingdance, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1999 Swingsation Sampler, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Swingsation Benny Goodman
1999 That Swing Thing, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1999 Ultimate Anita O'Day Anita O'Day
1999 Vol. 2: 1941-1942 Anita O'Day
1999 Wishing on the Moon Billie Holiday
1999 Big Band Romance† Various Artists
1999 Jazz Hits† Various Artists
2000 1931-1935 Benny Goodman
2000 1942-1945 Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
2000 All Star Sessions Lionel Hampton
2000 All-Star Sessions, Vol. 1 Lionel Hampton
2000 Amazing Trumpet of Little Jazz: 1936-1946 Roy Eldridge
2000 American Pop: An Audio History Various Artists
2000 And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine† Anita O'Day
2000 Anita O'Day's Finest Hour Anita O'Day
2000 Begin the Beguine: 1938 Various Artists
2000 Benny Goodman's Golden Era, Vol. 1 Benny Goodman
2000 Benny Goodman's Golden Era, Vol. 2 Benny Goodman
2000 Best of Ken Burns Jazz Various Artists
2000 Best of Swing† Various Artists
2000 Best of the Big Band Vocalists Various Artists
2000 Big Band Blast: The Classic Originals Various Artists
2000 Big Band† Various Artists
2000 Body and Soul of the Saxophone Coleman Hawkins
2000 Body and Soul: Five Decades of Jazz Era Song Various Artists
2000 Body and Soul Benny Goodman
2000 Boogie Woogie† Various Artists
2000 Complete Columbia Recordings of Mildred Bailey Mildred Bailey
2000 Cool Jazz: 21 Smooth Standards Various Artists
2000 Cow Cow Boogie† Various Artists
2000 Dames Original Soundtrack
2000 Different Version, Vol. 3 Benny Goodman
2000 From Swing to Bebop Various Artists
2000 From Swing to Bop Anita O'Day
2000 Giants of Jazz Sampler Various Artists
2000 Haunted House: 20 Tracks to Make You Jump in the Night Various Artists
2000 Her Best Recordings: 1936-1949 Ella Fitzgerald
2000 His Best Recordings: 1928-1946 Eddie Condon
2000 History of Pop Radio, Vol. 4: 1933-1936 Various Artists
2000 History of Pop Radio: 1920-1951† Various Artists
2000 Hot Hits: That Swing Thing Various Artists
2000 Irving Mills, Vol. 2 Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang
2000 Jazz Cities: New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Kansas City Various Artists
2000 Jazz Collection Benny Goodman
2000 Jazz on the Road† Various Artists
2000 Jivin' the Vibes† Lionel Hampton
2000 Jumpin' Jive† Various Artists
2000 Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music Various Artists
2000 Ken Burns Jazz - Benny Goodman Benny Goodman
2000 Ken Burns Jazz - Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins
2000 Legends of Jazz, Vol. 2† Various Artists
2000 Movie Box, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2000 Muggsy Special Muggsy Spannier
2000 Old Music Master Hoagy Carmichael
2000 Open Road Jazz Various Artists
2000 Permanent Goodman, Vol. 1 Benny Goodman
2000 Runnin' Wild† Benny Goodman Trio & Quartet
2000 Squeeze Me: Big Hits from a Great Lady Mildred Bailey
2000 Swinging Big Bands: The Myths Various Artists
2000 That's Life I Guess: 1936-1937 Billie Holiday
2000 Very Best of Benny Goodman Benny Goodman
2000 Welcome to Swing Town! Various Artists
2000 Wrappin' It Up Benny Goodman
2000 Jazz Lips Kid Ory
2001 1925-1935 The New Orleans Rhythm Kings
2001 1945 Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
2001 Alternative Takes, Vol. 1: 1934-1941 Teddy Wilson
2001 And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine† Anita O'Day
2001 Bebop Spoken Here† Various Artists
2001 Best of Dixieland Jazz Various Artists
2001 Big Band Magic: The Sound of the Fabulous Forties Various Artists
2001 Billie Holiday Story† Billie Holiday
2001 Boogie Blues Anita O'Day
2001 Cabu Collection Anita O'Day
2001 Charleston Chasers, Vol. 2 and New York Studio Grou Various Artists
2001 Classic Sessions: 1928 to 1949 Eddie Condon
2001 Cocktail Hour: Big Bands Various Artists
2001 Complete Legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert Benny Goodman
2001 Complete Studio Recordings Charlie Christian
2001 Cradle of Jazz† Various Artists
2001 Gene Krupa Days Anita O'Day
2001 Harlem Saturday Night Various Artists
2001 Here Comes Cleo Cleo Brown
2001 It's Easy to Remember Bing Crosby
2001 Jazz Greats: Legends of Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2001 Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday Billie Holiday
2001 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-44 Billie Holiday
2001 Lady Sings† Billie Holiday
2001 Live from the Inn Club Chicago, Illinois Jan 11, 1957 Gene Krupa
2001 Music, Movies, Memories Bing Crosby
2001 Night on the Town† Various Artists
2001 Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones Quincy Jones
2001 Rare Cuts: Well Done, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2001 Remember Pearl Harbor: Songs That Won the War Various Artists
2001 Sings the Great American Songbook Billie Holiday
2001 Smooth One Various Artists
2001 Swing with Big Band Various Artists
2001 Take Me to the Land of Jazz Pee Wee Russell
2001 Thanks for the Memory: Songs of Ralph Rainger Ralph Rainger
2001 Volume 2 Red McKenzie
2001 Young Anita Anita O'Day
2002 1935-1951 Cleo Brown
2002 1945-1946 Gene Krupa
2002 Alternate Takes: 1929-1947 Lionel Hampton
2002 Alternative Takes, Vol. 1: 1928-1937 Benny Goodman
2002 Alternative Takes, Vol. 1: 1929-1941 Henry "Red" Allen
2002 Alternative Takes, Vol. 2: 1937-1938 Benny Goodman
2002 Alternative Takes: 1924-1930 Bix Beiderbecke
2002 American Legend Benny Goodman
2002 And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine† Anita O'Day
2002 Anita O'Day† Anita O'Day
2002 Best Recordings & Unissued Masters Jack Teagarden/Red Nichols
2002 Big Band Era† Various Artists
2002 Big Bands† Various Artists
2002 Big Ben Ben Webster
2002 Billie Holiday: Portrait Billie Holiday
2002 Chicago to New York to Los Angeles: 1938-1944 Lester Young
2002 Chicago to New York: 1936-1945 Roy Eldridge
2002 Complete Columbia Recordings, Vol. 1 Mildred Bailey
2002 Cotton Tail† Ben Webster
2002 Dope & Glory Various Artists
2002 Ella Fitzgerald: Portrait Ella Fitzgerald
2002 Famous Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert 1938 Benny Goodman
2002 From Avenue A to the Great White Way: Yiddish & American Various Artists
2002 Genius of the Electric Guitar† Charlie Christian
2002 Golden Greats: Greatest Swing Various Artists
2002 Greatest Original Artists Various Artists
2002 Incomparable, Vol. 1 Billie Holiday
2002 Jack Teagarden 1931-1934, Vol. 2 Jack Teagarden
2002 Jazz Collection: Kings of Swing† Various Artists
2002 Jazz Master Files† Various Artists
2002 Ken Burns Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2002 King of Swing† Benny Goodman
2002 Lady Day Swings! Billie Holiday
2002 Lady Day† Billie Holiday
2002 Legendary Small Groups Benny Goodman
2002 Legendary, Vol. 1 Ella Fitzgerald
2002 Louisiana Rhythm Kings Louisiana Rhythm Kings
2002 Noble Art of Teddy Wilson† Teddy Wilson
2002 Pure Nostalgia...And All That Jazz Various Artists
2002 Quintessence New York - Camden - Londen - Paris - Chicago Coleman Hawkins
2002 Quintessence New York: 1936-1948 Ella Fitzgerald
2002 Quintessence Richmond - New York - Chicago: 1924-1930 Bix Beiderbecke
2002 Quintessence: New York to Chicago to Hollywood 1928-1 Johnny Hodges
2002 Quintessence Lionel Hampton
2002 RCA Victor Gold Series: Is Jazz! Various Artists
2002 Selected Broadcast and Jam Sessions Charlie Christian
2002 Stardust Melody Hoagy Carmichael and Friends
2002 Swing Favourites, Vol. 1: 1935-1936: Swing Me a Swing Benny Goodman
2002 Swing: Bandstand Kings Various Artists
2002 V-Disc Parties, Goodman-Krupa 1944 Benny Goodman/Gene Krupa
2003 1924-1930: Young Man With a Golden Horn Bix Beiderbecke
2003 1928-1937 Miff Mole
2003 1929-1930 Louisiana Rhythm Kings
2003 1935-1958 Billie Holiday
2003 1947-1949 Gene Krupa & His Big Band
2003 A Melody From the Sky: 1932-1940 Bunny Berigan
2003 Basin Street Blues† Jack Teagarden
2003 Billie Holiday Collection, Vol. 1 Billie Holiday
2003 Bix Beiderbecke Story† Bix Beiderbecke
2003 Bix Restored, Vol. 4 Bix Beiderbecke
2003 Carnegie Hall Concert (Conclusion) Benny Goodman
2003 Carnegie Hall Concert (First Part) Benny Goodman
2003 Complete Orchestra & Best Sideman Recordings (1936-40) Toots Mondello
2003 Early Lady Day: 1933-1937 Billie Holiday
2003 Early Years 1926-1930 Benny Goodman
2003 Finest Vintage Jazz Various Artists
2003 Flying Home† Lionel Hampton
2003 Founder of the Jazz Vibes: 1930-1944 Lionel Hampton
2003 GI Juke Box Jive Various Artists
2003 Incomparable Ethel Waters Ethel Waters
2003 Jivin' Blues: The Small Bands Lionel Hampton
2003 King of Swing and His Band: 1934-1939 Benny Goodman
2003 King of the Tenor Sax: 1929-1943 Coleman Hawkins
2003 Legendary Male Vocalists of Jazz: 1925-1940 Various Artists
2003 Legendary Tenor Saxophonists: 1922-1940 Various Artists
2003 Lotta Sax Appeal: A Saxophone Retrospective Various Artists
2003 Love Songs, Vol. 2 Billie Holiday
2003 Master of the Jazz Trombone: 1928-1940 Jack Teagarden
2003 Mrs. Swing Mildred Bailey
2003 Quintessence New York - Chicago: 1933-50 Teddy Wilson
2003 Red Nichols and His Five Pennies, 1926-1930 Red Nichols & His Five Pennies
2003 Small Band Recordings Benny Goodman
2003 Smo-o-oth Vintage Jazz: 1935-1952 Various Artists
2003 Summit Meetings 1939-50 Metronome All Stars/Esquire All Stars
2003 That Drummer's Band† Gene Krupa
2003 Vol. 2: Bix Lives! Bix Beiderbecke
2003 Young Mulligan Gerry Mulligan
2004 1929 Red Nichols
2004 1942-1944 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
2004 1952-1953 Louis Armstrong
2004 50 Tracks in One Day With One Hour for Lunch, Of Course Benny Goodman & the Rhythm MakersÖ
2004 AC/DC Current Charlie Christian
2004 Alternative Takes, Vol. 4: 1939-1940 Benny Goodman
2004 Arranger's Touch: Meet the Band Various Artists
2004 Arranger's Touch: Swing That Music Various Artists
2004 Arranger's Touch: Things to Come Various Artists
2004 Arranger's Touch: Young Blood Various Artists
2004 Arranger's Touch Various Artists
2004 Best of BD Jazz Various Artists
2004 Centennial Collection Benny Goodman
2004 Centennial Collection Coleman Hawkins
2004 Command Performances Benny Goodman
2004 Complete Early Recordings Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
2004 Complete Sextet Studio Sessions Gene Krupa
2004 Elegant Mr. Wilson 1933/1945 Teddy Wilson
2004 Father of Jazz Trombone Jack Teagarden
2004 First Ladies of Song† Various Artists
2004 First of the Singer Songwriters: Key Cuts 1924-1946 Hoagy Carmichael
2004 Girl Singers of the Big Swing Bands Various Artists
2004 Glenn Miller Story, Vols. 1-4 Glenn Miller
2004 Good Morning Blues: The Complete Columbia Recordings Billie Holiday
2004 Guitar & Bass Charlie Christian
2004 Handful of Keys† Fats Waller
2004 Illustrious Clarinetists of Jazz: 1927-1949 Various Artists
2004 Key Sessions 1931-1937 Bunny Berigan
2004 Little Jazz: Trumpet Giant Roy Eldridge
2004 Live from the Cotton Club Various Artists
2004 Louis Armstrong and Friends† Louis Armstrong
2004 Makin' Friends (1928-1938) Jack Teagarden
2004 Moanin' Low Billie Holiday
2004 On the Air: Original 1935-36-38 Broadcasts Benny Goodman
2004 Proper Introduction to Gene Krupa: Up an' Atom Gene Krupa
2004 Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 1-3 Billie Holiday
2004 Romance and Rhythm Ella Fitzgerald
2004 Small Groups: Class of '39 Benny Goodman
2004 Trios Billie Holiday
2004 Who's Rhythm? Gene Krupa
2005 1952-1953 Gene Krupa
2005 All the Cats Join In† Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
2005 All Those Wonderful Years Johnny Desmond
2005 Away from Base Count Basie
2005 Best of Gene Krupa: Drummin Man Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
2005 Big Bands, Vol. 2: The Soundies† Various Artists
2005 Big T† Jack Teagarden
2005 Big T: A Hundred Years from Today Jack Teagarden
2005 Billie Holiday Collection† Billie Holiday
2005 Bix Restored, Vol. 5 Bix Beiderbecke
2005 Christmas Anthology: 1930-1950 Various Artists
2005 Classic Recordings 1939-1953 Metronome All Stars
2005 Drummin' Man: 1927-1949 Gene Krupa
2005 First Ten Years Jazz at the Philharmonic
2005 Harold Arlen Sings Sweet and Hot Harold Arlen
2005 Hot Comb & Tin Can The Mound City Blue Blowers
2005 Jazz Christmas: NoÎl Jazz Various Artists
2005 Linger Awhile Gene Krupa & His New Orchestra
2005 Live Swing Sessions 1943-1949 Benny Goodman
2005 Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements Gene Krupa
2005 Sentimental Gentleman of Swing: Centennial Collection Tommy Dorsey
2005 Songbooks Etcetera Oscar Peterson
2005 That's a Bargain! Red Nichols
2006 50 Sublimes Chanteuses de Jazz, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2006 Adrian Rollini as a Sideman, Vol. 1 Adrian Rollini
2006 All Star Jazz Quartets Various Artists
2006 Beat the Band to the Bar Various Artists
2006 Complete Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Concert 1938 Benny Goodman
2006 Complete Famous Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert Plus 1950s Benny Goodman
2006 Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: A Handful of Keys Fats Waller
2006 Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? The Songs of Harry Various Artists
2006 Essential Sides 1929-1939 Coleman Hawkins
2006 Golden Years of Jazz 1917-1939 Various Artists
2006 Golden Years of Jazz 1940-1947 Various Artists
2006 How Low Can You Go? Anthology of the String Bass (1925-41) Various Artists
2006 I've Heard That Song Before: The Songs of Jule Styne Jule Styne
2006 In Person 1925-1955 Hoagy Carmichael
2006 Live Concert Meriden 1969 Eddie Condon/Jimmy Mcpartland
2006 Miffology Miff Mole
2006 New York Jazz Combos 1935-37 Gifford/Rollini/Krupa/Manone/Mckenzie
2006 Starburst Gene Krupa & His Big Band
2006 All My Life Ella Fitzgerald
2007 1949-1951 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
2007 1953-1954 Gene Krupa
2007 And the Angel Sings Martha Tilton
2007 Complete Lionel Hampton Victor Sessions 1937-1941 Lionel Hampton
2007 Essential Benny Goodman† Benny Goodman
2007 I'm Beginning to See the Light: Dance Hits from the 2nd World War Various Artists
2007 Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles Billie Holiday
2007 Let's Dance† Benny Goodman
2007 Liltin' Martha Tilton
2007 Quintessence/New York Los Angeles Paris 1946-1955 Gerry Mulligan
2007 Quintessence: New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm 1935-54 Benny Goodman
2007 Rockin' Chair Lady† Mildred Bailey
2007 Swing Is the Thing† Various Artists
2007 Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 16 Oscar Peterson
2007 This Is Jazz† Various Artists
2008 Complete Recorded Works Cleo Brown
2008 Live on Stage Town Hall New York Lee Wiley
2008 Strike It, Rich! Buddy Rich
-- Wingy Manone Collection, Vol. 1 (1927-1930) Wingy Manone
-- 1928-1936 Mezz Mezzrow
-- 1928-1938 Bud Freeman
-- 1929-1934 Coleman Hawkins
-- Radio Transcriptions 1929-1930 Red Nichols
-- Anthology of Big Band Swing (1930-1955) Various Artists
-- Women (Classic Female Jazz Artists: 1939-1952) Various Artists
-- Billie Holiday: The Legacy Box 1933-1958 Billie Holiday
-- Jazz in the Thirties Various Artists
-- Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 1 (1933-1935) Billie Holiday
-- 1935-1937 Ella Fitzgerald
-- 1935-1938 Gene Krupa
-- Jess Stacy 1935-1939 Jess Stacy
-- Classics 1937/1939 Lionel Hampton
-- On the Air 1937-1938 Benny Goodman
-- 1939-1940 Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
-- Live Recordings from the Late 1930's & 1940's Benny Goodman
-- Solo Flight (1939-1941) Charlie Christian
-- 1940s: The Jazz Singers Various Artists
-- 1946-1947 Gene Krupa
-- After You've Gone Gene Krupa
-- Dark Eyes Gene Krupa
-- Disc Jockey Jump Gene Krupa
-- Drumboogie Gene Krupa
-- Gene Krupa Gene Krupa
-- History of Rhythm and Blues Various Artists
-- Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo: Benny Goodman (1934-38) Benny Goodman
-- Just a Mood Teddy Wilson
-- Makin' Friends Jack Teagarden
-- Opus 1 Gene Krupa
-- Star Burst Gene Krupa
-- Strike Up the Band Red Nichols
-- Super Session Coleman Hawkins & Don Byas


  • Gene Krupa is considered the father of modern drums because he convinced H.H. Slingerland of Slingerland Drum Company to create tunable tom-toms. Gene's invention turned out to be a huge success, and Gene continued to endorse Slingerland drums until his death.
  • In addition to helping invent the modern drum, Gene Krupa also helped developed the modern symbol with Avedis Zildjian. Gene developed the hi-hat cymbal.
  • In the summer of 1943 in San Francisco, Gene Krupa was charged with a bogus drug charge. He was charged with ninety days in prison and served eighty-four of them, before having the charges dropped. Gene received tremendous support against these fake charges, and many supporters of Gene claimed the charge was induced by people who opposed his style.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Slingerland
Cymbals: Zildjian
Heads: Slingerland
Sticks: Slingerland

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