13 November 2007

Buddy Rich shows you what it's like

Gone but definitely not forgotten, Buddy Rich was arguably the greatest drummer who ever lived. Here's proof of that.
He toys with Jerry Lewis...


...goes toe-to-toe with another great drummer, Ed Shaughnessy...


...and knocks Animal of The Muppets down and out.


On a more serious note, here he is performing his astounding "West Side Story" medley in the late 1960's; the vid's unfortunately split into two parts...


Here's "West Side Story" again, years later, with 65-year-old Rich still nailing it...


This is a solo taped a few years before before he died in 1987; his technique, speed and audience rapport are all still fiery...


What you might not have yet heard, though, are Rich's legendary, eye-opening, ear-splitting, brutally profane, totally hilarious rants as secretly recorded by members of his big band in the 1970's. Copies of these made their way around comedy circles for years, even inspiring a few George Costanza outbursts on 'Seinfeld.' Enjoy...


Temper flares aside, Rich was a unique and marvelous artist, one who deserves to be heard for generations to come, so I'm doing my bit here to ensure that. RIP Buddy.

5 comments:

apecorino said...

Thanks for those wonderful memories. I miss him still!...his humor, his great talent, and his warmth. No one else like him..hands down....and up!!

Anna Pecorino
Austin, Texas
apecorino@austin.rr.com

Guzmán said...

My pleasure, Anne, glad you enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

FYI - None of the mp3's on the George Costanza outburst page work.

Guzmán said...

yeah, that page is mostly to get transcripts from. the last YouTube vid in my post contains most of the outbursts, listen to that.

shpilk said...

I'm Buddy Rich when I fly off the handle