Sunday, June 25, 2006

Earl Palmer

He is one of the main architects of modern music.
He is one of the inventors of rock & roll.
He is mister Back Beat...
His name is Earl Palmer.

Earl Palmer was a first-call drummer on the New Orleans R&B recording scene from 1950 to 1957. Talk about a supreme recommendation — in a city renowned for its second-line rhythms and syncopated grooves, Palmer was the man, playing on countless sessions by all the immortals: Little Richard, Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, Dave Bartholomew, and too many more to list here.

Born to a mother who was a vaudevillian, little Earl was learning rhythmic patterns as a tap dancer at age four. Such contacts led him to be around drum kits on a regular basis, and it didn't take him long to master them. Bebop jazz was his first love, but R&B and blues paid the bills starting in 1947, when Palmer joined Bartholomew's band after a stint in the army. He recorded extensively with Bartholomew protege Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Smiley Lewis and other New Orleans artists at Cosimo Matassa's famed J&M studio. He also played on the seminal rock and roll recordings of Little Richard, who wrote in his autobiography that Palmer "is probably the greatest session drummer of all time."

Palmer remained the king of the traps at Cosimo Matassa's fabled recording studio until 1957, when a Shirley & Lee session led to an A&R offer from Aladdin Records boss Eddie Mesner. Palmer found studio work just as plentiful in Los Angeles, making major inroads into the rock, jazz, and soundtrack fields as well as playing on countless R&B dates with his frequent compadres Rene Hall on guitar and saxist Plas Johnson. Occasionally, Palmer would record as a leader — the instrumental "Johnny's House Party" for Aladdin, a couple of early-'60s albums for Liberty.

He's played on literally thousands of rock, jazz, R&B and soundtrack sessions over the years. From his home base in Los Angeles, Palmer drummed for producer Phil Spector and for Motown. His list of session credits includes artists as diverse as Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Duane Eddy, Frank Sinatra, the Monkees, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Otis, Neil Young and Elvis Costello. Though Palmer's first love was jazz—"I lived in a jazz world," he allowed in his 1999 autobiography Backbeat: Earl Palmer's Story—he laid the foundation for rock and roll drumming with his solid stickwork and feverish backbeat.
But even the best session men grapple with a certain sense of anonymity.

So the next time you pull out Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti," Smiley Lewis "I Hear You Knockin'," Lloyd Price "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," or Fats Domino "The Fat Man," please keep in mind that it's Palmer feverishly stoking that beat — with a saucy second-line sensibility that drove those songs in fresh, utterly innovative directions. (From

Here are some links:
If you want to buy his biography:
This is a great compilation on Ace records:


Ted Drozdowski said...

Hall-of-fame hitter
Drummer Earl Palmer gets his due
by Ted Drozdowski

Like any good grandfather, Earl Palmer has tried to find interests to share with his grandkids. So far, coin collecting has been a favorite. It's a hobby Palmer says he picked up in the '50s from the bandleader and growling alto-saxist Earl Bostic. But Palmer really started collecting coins 70 years ago, when as a boy of five he began tap dancing on the streets of New Orleans for tips. That's where he learned rhythm. He then became part of his mother Thelma's vaudeville routine, traveling in Ida Cox's Darktown Scandals Review. Next he stepped out to pound the boards with other all-black troupes, like the Bat Brown Orchestra, until he joined the segregated US Army, in 1943. After World War II ended, he returned to New Orleans from Europe and started pounding the drums. And that's how he really made his mark.
Today, Earl Palmer is considered one of the world's finest -- and most influential -- drummers. His career has spanned more than 50 years, starting with Dave Bartholomew's New Orleans R&B band and various jazz groups and continuing on through thousands of LA sessions for films, all sorts of rock, pop and jazz records, and, most recently, B.B. King's 1999 CD of Louis Jordan songs, Let the Good Times Roll (MCA).
Even if Palmer had never moved to Los Angeles -- where he played on Ritchie Valens's "La Bamba," Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," Tina Turner's "River Deep Mountain High," and thousands of recordings by Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Jackie Wilson, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, and so many more that Palmer doesn't remember them all -- he'd still be a historic figure. That's because this is the man who used his sticks to put the rhythmic kicks in rock and roll -- he's the inventor of the backbeat, the hard-pounding, straight-ahead drum sound that was bigger than bebop or Tin Pan Alley pop, that crashed hard on every beat in every measure and pushed singers like a bulldozer.
As Tony Scherman explains in his superb 1999 biography Backbeat: Earl Palmer's Story (Smithsonian), between 1949 and 1957 the drummer sparked the group of New Orleans musicians who became rock's first recording-session band. "Hell, until us, there really wasn't any such thing as studio musicians," Palmer asserts today.
In the small J&M studio, which was built in the back of a record store on Dumaine Street, Palmer propelled hits by Little Richard ("Tutti Frutti"), Fats Domino ("I'm Walkin'," with its revved-up Crescent City street-parade beat), Lloyd Price ("Lawdy Miss Clawdy"), Roy Brown, and others -- sessions that the critic Robert Palmer (no relation) has called "a musical blueprint for rock and roll." Earl's zesty, skillful playing -- acknowledged by early rock drummers like Elvis Presley's D.J. Fontana, Buddy Holly's Jerry Allison, and Sun session drummer J.M. Van Eaton as a prime inspiration -- helped to define the thrust and attitude that's the heartbeat of rock and roll.
Palmer has enjoyed his long career, which has been full of musical and, at times, personal excess. "Many times I thought I wouldn't make it to 75, including recently," the thin, dapper gent laughs over the phone from his Arleta (California) home. "Not just so much from dissipation -- there's been really hard work, especially to get all seven of my kids grown up and educated. That keeps you going. Now I know where the money went!"
Nonetheless, this year brings Palmer a payoff he's relishing. On March 6, he'll be among five musicians inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in the new "Side Men" category. The others who'll be honored at New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel are guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer Hal Blaine and the late saxophonist King Curtis and bassist James Jamerson.
For years Palmer has been an outspoken critic of the Hall of Fame. "It's been the consensus of many musicians that the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is a misnomer, because it only honors singers," he explains. "Singers don't ever perform without music. Yeah, there are bands in there, but where are the instrumental innovators?
"Many times back in the early days of rock and roll, the session musicians were so busy and so hot from doing so many different things that they had a better concept of what the records should sound like than the singers and many of the young producers. To be a producer, it didn't really matter if you were a musician or knew about music at all. People were just named producers for many reasons, most of them having nothing to do with music. You'd be surprised how much the musicians contributed in those days.
"So now, at least there's some respect being given to the sidemen. I'm really happy about it. It's not only an opportunity for myself but for these other guys who have done this great music and played on so many hit records to get some recognition for their efforts. This award hopefully shows that what we did was important."
Palmer also played a vital role in crashing down the racial barriers of the '50s and '60s recording industry. It was something his experience in New Orleans had prepared him for. He grew up in the impoverished and largely African-American Treme District, which parallels the French Quarter. Many of his neighbors, and much of his family, were entertainers. And musicians in particular made an art of finding ways to foil the city's miscegenation laws, which forbade white and black artists from appearing on the same stage, so they could learn and burn together.
But in 1956 Palmer crossed the miscegenation codes in the most dangerous way. He fell in love with a white art student, Susan Weidenpesch. Even before they met, Palmer was bored with New Orleans's session scene. He'd played on hundreds of rock-and-roll records, and recognizing the potential for more diverse musical experiences and more money, he'd tried to persuade his wife, Catherine, to move to Los Angeles -- the center of the music industry. When it became apparent that his relationship with Susan was something more than a fling, he resolved to leave his wife and children and move with Weidenpesch to LA.
Shortly after he arrived, in February 1957, Palmer was hired as an A&R man by Aladdin Records and began finding his way into studio work -- his talent usually winning him a place among the nearly all-white cast of players. Unlike New Orleans, LA allowed Palmer and Weidenpesch to be seen in public as a couple. "That first week or so -- what a honeymoon! Not to have to hide," Palmer tells Scherman in Backbeat. But it soon dawned on him that Susan was enduring "a lot of insults. Heard a lot of things I didn't. Knowing my temper, she kept a lot to herself, `niggerloving bitch' and shit like that." There were incidents when they were together that nearly drove Palmer to violence.
He learned that in LA's studios things could also get ugly. And not every session leader would hire African-American players. But through endurance and wit, he broke through. In Backbeat, he tells Scherman about a 1960 studio date at which one player "went around the room and invited every other guy except us [Palmer and Ernie Freeman], the only blacks on the gig, as usual," to his daughter's wedding. Later, during a coffee break, the Alabama segregationist Orval Faubus came up in conversation.
"This same guy's opinion was, `Segregation is a terrible thing, but those people,' meaning us, `have to be patient. Things don't change overnight.'
"He turned to me and said, `Do you or don't you agree with me?'
"I said, `Man, that's a rough question.' I kept scratching my head. He didn't notice I was stepping on his toe, harder and harder.
" `Hey, you're hurting my toe,' he finally yells.
" `Have a little patience, man. I'll get off in a minute.' He got my point. We became good friends."
Palmer adds, "In America, we're supposed to think that racism is in the South. I learned long ago, as a child dancing with my mother in the old vaudeville shows, that it was not just in the South. There were times we all slept in theater lobbies or on the bus because we couldn't get a hotel. So it didn't surprise me to see it in LA. You can't legislate what's in somebody's heart.
"What makes me happy is I've lived long enough to see great changes, the diminishing of those kinds of ideas. It's far from perfect, but better than it was."
Palmer's also happy to feel that he's contributed good things to music in his life. "To bring yourself into a situation, as a sideman, and offer ideas or something about yourself as a player that brings a recording to the right resolution -- that's when you recognize you've given something of value." Something that his children and grandchildren -- indeed, every generation of the second half of the 20th century -- can enjoy.

V-Tone said...

Here's a small example of albums Earl Palmer played on:
1950 Bebop Singers - Various Artists Drums
1957 Buddy's Best - Buddy Collette Drums
1957 Ernie Andrews - Ernie Andrews Drums
1958 Dance Music from the Bostic Workshop - Earl Bostic Drums
1958 Funky Piano New Orleans Style - Alton Purnell Drums
1958 Walkin' with Mr. Lee - Lee Allen Drums
1959 Here's Larry Williams - Larry Williams Drums
1959 Julie...At Home - Julie London Drums
1959 T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker Drums
1960 Golden Days - King Pleasure Drums
1961 Blues Cross Country - Peggy Lee Drums
1961 Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury, Vol. 7 (1961) - Dinah Washington Drums
1961 Drumsville - Earl Palmer Drums
1961 Spoon - Jimmy Witherspoon Drums
1962 Hey Mrs. Jones - Jimmy Witherspoon Drums
1962 Jazz Pops - Neal Hefti Drums
1962 Percolator Twist - Earl Palmer Drums
1962 Sinatra and Swingin' Brass - Frank Sinatra Drums
1962 Warm & Wild - Vic Dana Drums
1963 Color Him Funky - Howard Roberts Drums
1963 Del-Fi Hotrodders: The Darts, The De-Fenders, The Del-Fi Hotrodders Drums
1963 H.R. Is a Dirty Guitar Player - Howard Roberts Drums
1964 Ain't That Good News - Sam Cooke Drums
1964 High Flying Bird - Judy Henske Drums
1964 Something's Cookin' - Howard Roberts Drums
1964 This Is Ernie Andrews - Ernie Andrews Drums
1965 With Gil Fuller and the Monterey Jazz... - Dizzy Gillespie Drums
1966 Back to Back - The Righteous Brothers Drums
1966 Popsicle - Jan & Dean Drums
1966 Tim Hardin 1 - Tim Hardin Drums
1966 Whatever's Fair! - Howard Roberts Drums
1967 Here's to You - Hamilton Camp Drums
1967 Too Much! - Lou Rawls Drums
1968 Birds, the Bees & the Monkees - The Monkees Drums
1968 Funky Organ-ization of Henry Cain - Henry Cain Drums
1968 Hard Times - Roy Brown Drums
1968 Head The Monkees/Original Soundtrack Drums
1968 Natch'l Blues - Taj Mahal Drums
1968 Song Cycle - Van Dyke Parks Percussion
1968 Song of Innocence - David Axelrod Drums
1968 Wichita Train Whistle Sings Michael Nesmith Drums
1969 Instant Replay - The Monkees Drums
1969 Monkees Present - The Monkees Drums
1969 Righteous - Harvey Mandel Drums
1969 Tongue & Groove Tongue & Groove (Featuring Lynn Hughes) Drums
1969 What That Is! - Screamin' Jay Hawkins Drums
1969 Who Knocked the Brains Out of The Sky - Eric Von Schmidt Drums
1970 Better Days - Joe Pass Drums
1970 Earth Rot - David Axelrod Drums
1970 Easy Does It - Al Kooper Drums
1970 Express Yourself Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Drums
1970 Music Machine Hollywood Blues - Johnny Almond Drums
1971 People Like Us - The Mamas & the Papas Drums
1971 Someday Man - Paul Williams Drums
1971 Stoney End - Barbra Streisand Drums
1972 Climax Climax Drums
1972 David Clayton-Thomas - David Clayton-Thomas Drums
1972 L.A. Midnight - B.B. King Drums
1972 Lady Sings the Blues- Diana Ross/Original Soundtrack Drums
1972 Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign - Dory Previn Drums
1972 New Orleans Piano - Professor Longhair Drums
1972 Sail Away - Randy Newman Drums
1972 Second Coming [Reprise] - Little Richard Drums
1972 Snake - Harvey Mandel Drums
1972 Through the Eyes of a Horn - Jim Horn Drums
1973 Living Together, Growing Together - The 5th Dimension Drums
1973 Star Spangled Springer - Phil Everly Drums
1973 Takin' My Time - Bonnie Raitt Drums
1974 Beat Around the Bush - Sarah Kernochan Drums
1974 Huey "Piano" Smith's Rock & Roll Revival - Huey "Piano" Smith Drums
1974 Life Ain't Easy - Big Joe Turner Drums, Drums (Snare)
1974 Look at the Fool - Tim Buckley Drums
1974 Michael Edward Campbell - Michael Edward Campbell Drums
1974 Tim Hardin 1 & 2 - Tim Hardin Drums
1974 Waitress in a Donut Shop - Maria Muldaur Drums
1975 Dr. John and His New Orleans Congregation [UK] - Dr. John Drums
1975 Harder to Live - Splinter Percussion, Drums
1975 Home Brew - Arthur Adams Drums
1975 Life Is Short But It is Wide - Maxine Sellers Drums
1975 Nancy Nevins - Nanci Nevins Drums
1976 I'm Easy - Keith Carradine Drums
1976 Swans Against the Sun - Michael Murphey Drums
1976 Sweet Harmony - Maria Muldaur Drums
1977 16 Most Requested Songs - Teresa Brewer Drums
1977 Phil Spector's 20 Greatest Hits - Phil Spector Drums
1978 Blue Valentine - Tom Waits Drums
1978 Swing Street Café - Joe Sample with David T. Walker Drums
1979 Down on the Farm - Little Feat Drums
1979 Wild and Peaceful - Teena Marie Drums
1980 Marchin' - David Axelrod Drums, Producer
1982 New Johnny Otis Show - Johnny Otis Drums
1986 Atlantic Blues [Box] - Various Artists Drums
1986 Atlantic Blues: Guitar - Various Artists Drums
1986 Atlantic Blues: Piano - Various Artists Drums
1986 Hit Years - Nancy Sinatra Drums
1986 King of America - Elvis Costello Percussion, Drums, Brushes
1988 16 Top Tracks - Harry Nilsson Drums
1989 Great Balls of Fire - Original Soundtrack Drums
1989 Rock & Roll Christmas [Ace] - Various Artists Drums
1990 Atlantic Jazz: Kansas City - Various Artists Drums
1990 Bonnie Raitt Collection - Bonnie Raitt Drums
1990 Guitar Player Presents Legends of Guitar: Country, Vo - Various Artists Drums
1990 Hot Spot [Original Soundtrack] Original Soundtrack Drums
1990 Voodoo Jive: The Best of Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Screamin' Jay Hawkins Drums
1991 Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] - Various Artists Drums
1991 Back to Mono (1958-1969) - Phil Spector Drums
1991 Doo Wop Diner, Vol. 1 - Various Artists Drums
1991 Georgia Peach - Little Richard Drums
1991 His Earliest Recordings - Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers Drums, Leader
1991 In the Alley - Dave Bartholomew Drums
1991 Jungle Hop - Don & Dewey Drums
1991 Lawdy! - Lloyd Price Drums
1991 Listen to the Band - The Monkees Drums
1991 Marshall Texas Is My Home - Floyd Dixon Drums
1991 Ride, Daddy, Ride and Other Songs of Love - Various Artists Drums
1991 Simply the Best - Tina Turner Drums, Leader
1991 There Is a Time (1963-70) - The Dillards Drums
1991 Unforgettable - Dinah Washington Drums
1992 Bad Boy [CD] - Larry Williams Drums
1992 Dizzy Gillespie with Gil Fulle - Dizzy Gillespie Drums
1992 is Specialty Recordings 1956-58 - Art Neville Drums
1992 Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-197 - Various Artists Drums
1992 Legendary Lou Rawls - Lou Rawls Drums
1992 Memory Pain - Percy Mayfield Drums
1992 Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Classics - Various Artists Drums
1992 Taj's Blues - Taj Mahal Drums
1993 Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology - Professor Longhair Drums
1993 Imperial Sessions - The Spiders Drums
1993 Lightning-Rod Man - Lowell George & The Factory Drums
1993 Lloyd Price, Vol. 2: Heavy Dreams - Lloyd Price Drums
1993 Mojo Hand: The Anthology - Lightnin' Hopkins Drums
1993 Moody's Mood for Love [Quicksilver] - King Pleasure Drums
1993 Out of New Orleans - Fats Domino Drums
1993 Requiem: The Holocaust [1993] - David Axelrod Producer
1993 Shame, Shame, Shame - Smiley Lewis Percussion, Drums
1993 Sweet Funky Steel - Freddie Roulette Drums
1993 Twang Thang: Anthology - Duane Eddy Drums
1994 Chess Rhythm & Roll - Various Artists Drums
1994 Class & Rendezvous Story - Various Artists Drums
1994 Complete Aladdin Recordings of Amos Milburn - Amos Milburn Drums
1994 Complete Aladdin Recordings of Charles Brown - Charles Brown Drums
1994 Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 10 (1951-1957) - Roosevelt Sykes Drums
1994 First Lady on Bass - Carol Kaye Drums
1994 Four Platters and One Lovely Dish - The Platters Drums
1994 Hang on to a Dream: The Verve Recordings - Tim Hardin Drums
1994 Heartaches & Harmonies [Box Set] - The Everly Brothers Drums
1994 My Rifle, My Pony and Me - Various Artists Drums
1994 SAR Records Story - Sam Cooke Drums
1994 Specialty Story [Box] - Various Artists Drums
1994 Ultimate Session Crescent City Gold Percussion, Drums, Vocals
1994 Women of Gospel's Golden Age, Vol. 1 - Various Artists Drums
1994 World of Guitars - Buddy Merrill Percussion, Drums
1995 Baby Batter/The Snake [Western Front] Harvey Mandel Drums
1995 Big Country - David Axelrod Associate Producer, Music Coordinator
1995 Chess New Orleans - Various Artists Drums
1995 Hippy Hippy Shake - Chan Romero Drums
1995 King of America [Bonus Tracks] - Elvis Costello Percussion, Drums, Brushes
1995 Marianne - The Easy Riders Drums
1995 Max Weinberg Presents: Let There Be Drums, Vol. 1 - Various Artists Drums
1995 Mercury Years - Harvey Mandel Conga, Drums, Cabasa
1995 Nut Rocker and All the Classics - B. Bumble & the Stingers Drums
1996 Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans - Various Artists Drums
1996 Doo Wop Diner, Vol. 2 [Collectables] - Various Artists Drums
1996 Gary Usher Greats, Vol. 1: The Kickstands Vs. The Kni - Gary Usher Drums
1996 Gonzo: More Than All the 45's - James Booker Drums
1996 Great American Heroes - Fess Parker Drums
1996 Hey Little Cobra and Other Hot Rod Hits [Bonus Tracks] - The Rip Chords Drums
1996 I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday [Night Train] - Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers Drums
1996 In My Lifetime - Neil Diamond Drums
1996 Nellie Lutcher and Her Rhythm - Nellie Lutcher Drums
1996 Que Sera, Sera [Bear Family] - Doris Day Drums
1996 Rawhide/How the West Was Won - Sheb Wooley Drums
1996 Shaken Not Stirred [Ryko] - Various Artists Drums
1996 Surf City/Folk 'n Roll - Jan & Dean Drums
1996 Surfers Drive Woodies - Rake & the Surftones Drums
1996 That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 8 - Various Artists Drums
1996 Vintage Instrumentals, Vol. 4 - Various Artists Drums
1996 Vol. 2: 1965-1970 - The Hondells Drums
1997 Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology - Dick Dale Percussion, Drums
1997 California Creamin' - Carol K. and the Hitmen Drums
1997 Fifties: Complete - Pat Boone Drums
1997 Flamin' Guitars - Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Drums
1997 Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection - Ray Charles Drums
1997 I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday [Bear Family] - Bobby Mitchell Drums
1997 Love Is a Hurtin' Thing: The Silk & Soul of Lou Rawls - Lou Rawls Drums
1997 Memorabilia - Jimmy Stewart Drums
1997 Move Over Darling - Doris Day Drums, Latin Percussion
1997 Purple People Eater [Bear Family] - Sheb Wooley Drums
1997 Raunchy - Ernie Freeman & His Combo Drums
1997 Sail Along Silv'ry Moon - Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra Drums
1997 Sweethearts of the Blues - Shirley & Lee Drums
1997 That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 12 - Various Artists Drums
1997 Ultimate School of Rock & Roll - Gene Summers Drums
1997 Wild and Wooley, Big Unruly Me - Sheb Wooley Drums
1998 Dirty 'N' Funky - Howard Roberts Quartet Drums
1998 Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman - Randy Newman Drums
1998 Jazz Me Blues: The Best of Jimmy Witherspoon - Jimmy Witherspoon Drums
1998 Lin/Kliff Story - Various Artists Drums
1998 Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign/On My Way to Whe - Dory Previn Drums
1998 Mythical Kings and Iguanas/Reflections in a Mud Puddl - Dory Previn Drums
1998 Rock It - Roosevelt Sykes Drums
1998 Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 11 (1965): Miscellaneous Tr The Beach Boys Drums
1998 Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 8 (1965): The Alternate Be The Beach Boys Drums
1998 Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 9 (1965): The Alternate Su The Beach Boys Drums
1998 West Helena Blues: The Postwar Years, Vol. 2 Roosevelt Sykes Drums
1999 1961-1966 Ann-Margret Conga, Drums, Bells, Tympani [Timpani], Mallets, Cabasa
1999 Bad Boy of Rock 'n' Roll Larry Williams Drums
1999 Blue Bossa, Vol. 2 Various Artists Drums
1999 Greatest Hits [Rhino Deluxe Edition] - The Monkees Drums
1999 Honky Soul, Race Music, Hard Bop & Anachronic Jazz - Gilbert Shelton Drums
1999 Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan - B.B. King Drums
1999 Swing It, Daddy-O! - Various Artists Drums
2000 Blues Masters: The Very Best of T-Bone Walker - T-Bone Walker Drums
2000 Legacy [Capitol] - Rick Nelson Drums
2000 Lifetime - Johnnie Taylor Drums
2000 Many a Wonderful Moment - Rosemary Clooney Drums
2000 Night Has a Thousand Eyes/Bobby Vee Meets the Cricket - Bobby Vee Drums
2000 Our Men in San Francisco/London Concert - The Limeliters Drums
2001 Anthology [Cleopatra] - Dinah Washington Drums
2001 Chronological Dave Bartholomew: 1947-1950 - Dave Bartholomew Drums
2001 David Axelrod - David Axelrod Drums, Rhythm Section
2001 EP Collection, Vol. 2 - Earl Bostic Drums
2001 Gettin' Funky: The Birth of New Orleans R&B [Box] - Various Artists Drums
2001 Gettin' Funky: The Birth of New Orleans R&B, Vol. 2 - Various Artists Drums
2001 Gettin' Funky: The Birth of New Orleans R&B, Vol. 3 - Various Artists Drums
2001 Gettin' Funky: The Birth of New Orleans R&B, Vol. 4 - Various Artists Drums
2001 Julie...At Home/Around Midnight - Julie London Drums
2001 L.A. History Book - Jimmie Maddin Drums
2001 Legendary: The Steel Guitar Tribute to Eric Clapton - Various Artists Performer
2001 LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology: Good Vibration - Various Artists Drums
2001 Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology - Tim Buckley Drums
2001 Pickin' on Peter Frampton: The Bluegrass Tribute - Various Artists Performer
2001 Requiem: The Holocaust [2001] - David Axelrod Producer
2001 Used Songs (1973-1980) - Tom Waits Drums
2002 1940-1950 Boogie Woogie - Various Artists Drums
2002 1949-1951 - Fats Domino Drums
2002 Anthology, Vol. 2 - David Axelrod Producer
2002 Blues Around the Clock - Various Artists Drums
2002 Capitol Records 1942-2002 [Deluxe Box Set] - Various Artists Drums
2002 Capitol Records 1942-2002 [Special Box Set] - Various Artists Drums
2002 Color Him Funky/H.R. Is a Dirty Guitar Player - Howard Roberts Drums
2002 Complete Roulette Sarah Vaughan Studio Sessions - Sarah Vaughan Drums
2002 Complete Specialty Recordings of Sam Cooke - Sam Cooke Drums, Leader
2002 David Clayton-Thomas/Tequila Sunrise - David Clayton-Thomas Drums
2002 Foot Stompin' - The Flares Percussion, Drums
2002 From Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie/Venice Blue - Bobby Darin Drums
2002 Greatest Hits [2002] - Harry Nilsson Drums
2002 Greatest Hits [Japan Import] - Harry Nilsson Drums
2002 Keep Movin' On - Sam Cooke Drums
2002 Lay Some Happiness On Me: The Reprise Years - Dean Martin Drums
2002 Man Who Robbed the Bank at Santa Fe - Various Artists Mallets
2002 Mercury Songbook - Various Artists Drums
2002 More Bona Fide Bluegrass and Mountain Music - Various Artists Drums
2002 Point! [Bonus Tracks] - Harry Nilsson Drums
2002 Sail Away [Expanded] - Randy Newman Drums
2002 South's Gonna Rise Again - Lee Denson Drums
2002 Specialty:Hifi Jazz-Nocturne Sampler - Various Artists Drums
2002 Steel Guitar Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd - Various Artists Performer
2002 Walking to New Orleans [Box] - Fats Domino Drums
2003 25 Rockin' Instrumentals - Various Artists Drums
2003 50 Sublimes Chanteurs de Jazz: 1940-53 - Various Artists Drums
2003 And Then I Wrote Songs for Elvis - Don Robertson Drums
2003 Baby Batter/The Snake [Akarma] - Harvey Mandel Drums
2003 Bye Bye Birdie [Original Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks] Original Sountrack Drums
2003 Chronological Dave Bartholomew: 1950-1952 - Dave Bartholomew Drums
2003 Classic Live! - Maria Muldaur Drums
2003 Flying Groove - Various Artists Drums
2003 In 3-Dimensions! - Deke Dickerson Drums
2003 It's Been Rough and Rocky Travelin' - Willie Nelson Drums
2003 Jubilee! - Hot Shots Drums
2003 King of the Texas Blues [Acrobat] - Lightnin' Hopkins Drums
2003 Legacy 1961-2002 - Glen Campbell Performer
2003 Lucien Romantico - Jon Lucien Drums
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey Original Soundtrack Drums
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Piano Blues Original Soundtrack Drums
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Taj Mahal - Taj Mahal Drums
2003 New York and New Orleans Blues 1945-1951 - Cousin Joe Drums
2003 Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 - Sam Cooke Drums
2003 Rocking on Rampart - Fats Domino Drums
2003 Roots of Rock and Roll 1952, Vol. 8 - Various Artists Drums
2003 Simply the Best [CD & DVD] - Tina Turner Drums, Bandleader
2003 Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen - Various Artists Drums
2003 Sweet Harmony/Open Your Eyes - Maria Muldaur Drums
2004 1952-1953 - Lloyd Price Drums
2004 7-Tease/Slow Down World - Donovan Drums
2004 Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol' Bo - Various Artists Drums
2004 High Maintenance Woman - Charles Wright Drums
2004 Home and Away: The Complete Recordings 1960-1970 - Del Shannon Drums
2004 Life Is a Dream - Noel Harrison Drums
2004 Mardi Gras in New Orleans - Fats Domino Drums
2004 Mystic Moods of the Mystic Moods Orchestra - Mystic Moods Orchestra Drums
2004 N'Awlinz: Dis Dat or d'Udda - Dr. John Drums, Drums (Snare)
2004 New Orleans Blues 1940-1953 - Various Artists Drums, Bateria
2004 Proper Introduction to Smiley Lewis: Gumbo Blues - Smiley Lewis Drums
2004 Surf City/Dead Man's Curve/The New Girl in School - Jan & Dean Drums
2004 Sweet Patootie: The Complete Reprise Recordings - Fats Domino Drums
2004 Unreleased Sessions - Jim Hall Drums
2005 Above My Head Stars of Bethlehem Drums
2005 Anthology 1943-1959: The Deluxe Edition - Dinah Washington Drums
2005 Anthology - Sarah Vaughan Drums
2005 Best of Sam Cooke [RCA Bonus Tracks] - Sam Cooke Drums
2005 Best of the Black & White and Imperial Years - T-Bone Walker Drums
2005 Best of the Modern Years - Elmore James Drums
2005 Best of the Modern Years - Etta James Drums
2005 Complete Anthology - The Mamas & the Papas Drums
2005 Complete Recordings - Cousin Joe Drums
2005 Edge - David Axelrod Drums
2005 Guess Who I Saw Today: Nancy Wilson Sings Songs of Lo - Nancy Wilson Drums
2005 Guitar Spectacular - Speedy West Drums
2005 Ham Hocks and Cornbread - Various Artists Drums
2005 King of America [Expanded] - Elvis Costello Percussion, Drums
2005 King of Rock and Roll: The Complete Reprise Recording - Little Richard Drums
2005 Live! [Bonus Tracks] - Lou Rawls Drums
2005 Roy Brown & New Orleans R&B - Roy Brown Drums
2005 Save Your Love for Me: Nancy Wilson Sings the Great B - Nancy Wilson Drums
2005 Thinking & Drinking - Amos Milburn Drums
2005 Very Best [Blue Note] - Lou Rawls Drums
2005 Wild and Peaceful [Expanded Edition] - Teena Marie Drums
2006 1947-1952 - Smiley Lewis Drums
2006 1949-1954 - Tommy Ridgley Drums
2006 Best of Lou Rawls: The Capitol Jazz & Blues Sessions - Lou Rawls Drums
2006 Big Easy Boogie - Mitch Woods Drums
2006 Black and Blue/Tobacco Road - Lou Rawls Drums
2006 Chronological Dave Bartholomew: 1952-1955 - Dave Bartholomew Drums
2006 Cryin' Mercy - Charles Brown Drums
2006 New Orleans Guitar - Various Artists Drums
2006 Price of Fame 1960-1965 [Box Set] - The Everly Brothers Drums
2006 Stax Profiles - Johnnie Taylor Drums
2006 Classic Early Recordings 1951-1956 - Elmore James And His Broomdusters Drums
2006 Gypsy Gueen - Priscilla Coolidge Drums
2006 Harry "Sweets" Edison and Jonah Jones - Harry "Sweets" Edison and Jonah Jones Drums
2006 Patterns of Reality - Andy Robinson Drums
2006 Tom Ghent - Tom Ghent Percussion

David said...

Earl Palmer rules !

Henry G. said...

Earl Palmer is the best drummer i've ever heard. He recorded for almost every important record label in the 50's and 60's. Music today wouldn't be the same without him.

Wanda said...

1950 to 2006 - hard to believe one drummer could have spanned such an incredible history. Thank you V for letting us know so much about Earl Palmer.


Donald said...

Earl Palmer deserves a statue.