Buddy Rich was born in 1917 Brooklyn New York and was without doubt the worlds greatest drummer,known
for for his vituoso technique,power,speed,and ability to improvise.
Buddy Rich was born to Jewish parents.His talent for rhythm was first noticed at the age of one keeping a steady beat with spoons.
He began playing drums in vaudeville when he was 18 months old and at the peak of Rich's childhood career he was reportedly the second highest paid child entertainer in the world after Jackie Coogan.
At 11 he was performing as a bandleader.He received no formal drum tuition and went so far as to claim that tuition would only degrade his musical talent.He also never admitted to practising claiming to play the drums only during performances.
He expressed great admiration for,and was influenced by the playing of Chick Webb,Gene Krupa,and Jo Jones,among others.
He first played jazz in 1937 with Joe Marsala,and then played with Bunny Berigan in 1938 and Artie Shaw in 1939.
In addition to Tommy Dorsey, Buddy Rich also played with Benny Carter, Harry James, Les Brown, Charlie Ventura and the jazz band, jazz at the Philharmonic.
For most of the period from 1966 until his death he led a hugely successful big band.
Buddy Rich remained active until the end of his life.
Prior to heart surgery, when asked by a nurse if he was allergic to anything, he replied "YES-----COUNTRY MUSIC".
The great Buddy Rich, one of the greatest jazz musicians ever! died in 1987.