Saturday, September 20, 2008


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Leading R&B drummer Earl Palmer, best known for his New Orleans recording sessions with the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles at age 84, his family said.

I saw the man play on more than one occasion. I saw him as recently as 2005 and he still had it.

You have all heard Earl Palmer play. Do you have any records by any of the following?

Fats Domino
The Beach Boys
Charles Brown
Tim Buckley
Ray Charles
Rosemary Clooney
Sam Cooke
Elvis Costello
Dick Dale
Neil Diamond
The Everly Brothers
Dizzy Gillespie
Tim Hardin
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Lightnin' Hopkins
B.B. King
Peggy Lee
Little Feat
Little Richard
Taj Mahal
The Mamas & the Papas
The Monkees
Maria Muldaur
Rick Nelson
Michael Nesmith
Art Neville
Randy Newman
The Platters
Lloyd Price
Professor Longhair
Bonnie Raitt
Lou Rawls
The Righteous Brothers
Diana Ross
Frank Sinatra
Huey "Piano" Smith
Phil Spector
Barbra Streisand
Johnnie Taylor
Tongue & Groove
Big Joe Turner
Tina Turner
Tom Waits
T-Bone Walker
Dinah Washington
Larry Williams

Well then, you've heard him play.

A huge loss.

Big "T" Tyler with Earl Palmer right

1 comment:

NYCD Online said...

My favorite Earl Palmer-related song is "Every Time I Hear That Mellow Saxophone" by Roy Montrell, which is ironic because there's absolutely nothing mellow about either the song or the sax playing therein. You, Mr. Burning Wood Man, turned me on to both the song and the CD which contains it. "Backbeat" is a great comp of Earl Palmer's '50s and '60s session work and should be in the collection of everyone reading this!