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Gene Krupa


Jazz drummer who all caused many seminal performers, including Tommy Dorsey. He began documenting in the past due 1920s with Crimson McKenzie, amongst others. He proceeded to go against his parents’ wants for him to become priest; he pursued a musical profession rather. His playing provides influenced many performers, including John Bonham and Keith Moon. He wedded Ethel McGuire in 1934 and, after their divorce in 1942, he remarried in 1946, and wedded Patty Bowler in 1959. In the 1930s, he was highlighted among other performers, including Benny Goodman, in some jazz sides documented for and released on Columbia Information.

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Full Name Benny Goodman
Date Of Birth January 15, 1909
Died June 13, 1986, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Chicago, IL
Profession Drummer
Nationality American
Spouse Alice Hammond Duckworth
Children Benjie Goodman, Rachel Goodman
Parents Dora Grisinsky, David Goodman
Siblings Harry Goodman
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Kennedy Center Honors, American Music Award of Merit
Movies Hollywood Hotel, A Song Is Born, The Gang's All Here, Stage Door Canteen, Sweet and Low-Down, The Powers Girl, Make Mine Music, Some Like It Hot, Beat the Band, Syncopation, Upbeat in Music, Road to Victory, A Sheep on the Roof, Benny Goodman at the Tivoli, The Underground Man, The Sacred Flame, Benny Goodman: Live at Basin Street East
TV Shows Star Time, The Big Party
Star Sign Capricorn

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1Krupa is referred to by name on a couple of occasions in the 2000 film "Pollock". Painter Jackson Pollock was a jazz fan, and Gene Krupa was one of his favourite musicians.
2The Gene Krupa Orchestra became one of the most popular swing bands in the U.S., but it folded in 1943 after Krupa was arrested and jailed on a marijuana possession charge. Eventually rehabilitated after the charge was dropped (the chief witness recanted!), he was again voted the most outstanding drummer in the U.S. in January 1944 and soon started up another big band.
3Along with Eddie Condon, Krupa moved from Chicago to New York in 1929 to work in theatre pit bands (some under the direction of Red Nichols) alongside Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. He also recorded with Bix Beiderbecke. Between late 1934 and 1938, Krupa came to fame as star drummer for Benny Goodman, but his high profile within the band, his showmanship and popularity with audiences, irritated Goodman and led to a public quarrel -- after which Krupa left to set up his own organisation.
4His band's theme song was "Apurksody", derived from a backwards spelling of 'Krupa' and the word 'rhapsody'.
5Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1975.
6He was innovative. It was his idea to create the tunable tom-tom; he went to the Zildjian company and asked for thinner cymbals; he was the first drummer to record using a bass drum; he was one of the first drummers (if not the first) to use a hi-hat as we know it today; and the modern drum kit basically stems from his.
7Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1983.
8Bandleader and drummer



Avengers: Age of Ultron2015writer: "Full Dress Hop"
L.A. Noire2011Video Game performer: "Sing Sing Sing"
Nativity!2009performer: "Hooray for Hollywood"
The Sopranos2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Keisarikunta2004performer: "Drumming Man" / writer: "Drumming Man", "Drum Boogie"
Hollywood Ending2002performer: "Hooray for Hollywood" 1937
Freaks and Geeks2000TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rounders1998performer: "Tuxedo Junction"
She's Having a Baby1988writer: "DRUMMIN' MAN"
Raging Bull1980music: "Drum Boogie" 1941 / performer: "Drum Boogie" 1941
The Execution of Private Slovik1974TV Movie writer: "Drum Boogie"
The Dean Martin Show1966TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Lively Ones1963TV Series writer - 1 episode
StartimeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1960 writer - 1 episode, 1960
Timex All-Star Jazz Show1958TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Benny Goodman Story1956performer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
The Glenn Miller Story1954performer: "Basin Street Blues" - uncredited
Omnibus1953TV Series performer - 1 episode
Make Believe Ballroom1949performer: "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" / writer: "Disc Jockey Jump"
Glamour Girl1948performer: "Gene's Boogie", "Anywhere", "Without Imagination", "Melody in F" uncredited
The Drummer Man1947Short performer: "Lover", "Boogie Blues", "Stompin' at the Savoy", "Leave Us Leap"
Beat the Band1947music: "Shadow Rhapsody", "Drum Boogie" / performer: "Shadow Rhapsody", "I'm in Love" reprise, "Drum Boogie", "Dr. Gillespie"
Follow That Music1947Short writer: "Boogie Blues"
George White's Scandals1945music: "Leave Us Leap", "Bolero in the Jungle" - uncredited / performer: "Leave Us Leap" uncredited, "I Want to Be a Drummer in the Band" uncredited, "Bolero in the Jungle" uncredited, "Scandals"
The Shining Future1944Short performer: "Sing, Sing. Sing" - uncredited
Ball of Fire1941lyrics: "Drum Boogie" 1941 - uncredited / music: "Drum Boogie" 1941 - uncredited
Some Like It Hot1939performer: "The Lady's in Love with You", "Some Like It Hot", "Blue Rhythm Fantasy" / writer: "Some Like It Hot", "Blue Rhythm Fantasy"
Hollywood Hotel1937"I've Got a Heartful of Music" 1937, uncredited



The Benny Goodman Story1956Gene Krupa
Make Believe Ballroom1949Drummer Gene Krupa
Glamour Girl1948Gene Krupa
Smart Politics1948Gene Krupa
Beat the Band1947Gene Krupa
Follow That Music1947ShortGene King
George White's Scandals1945Gene Krupa (as Gene Krupa His Drums and His Band)
The Shining Future1944ShortGene Krupa
Syncopation1942Gene Krupa
Ball of Fire1941Gene Krupa - Orchestra Leader
Some Like It Hot1939Gene Krupa
Hollywood Hotel1937Benny Goodman Drummer (uncredited)
The Big Broadcast of 19371936Band Drummer



Timex All-Star Swing Festival1972TV SpecialHimself
The Dean Martin Show1966-1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Fanfare1965TV SeriesHimself
The World of Benny Goodman1963TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show1962TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Bandleader
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Drummer
The Lively Ones1962TV SeriesHimself
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1961TV SeriesHimself - Drummer
The Ed Sullivan Show1960TV SeriesBand Leader / Himself - Drumer / Cameo Appearance
Startime1960TV SeriesHimself
The Big Party1959TV SeriesHimself
The Juke Box Jury1959TV SeriesHimself
Your Hit Parade1959TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1959TV SeriesHimself
Timex All-Star Jazz Show1957-1959TV SeriesHimself
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Big Record1957TV SeriesHimself
The Vic Damone Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Tonight!1953-1957TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Frankie Laine Time1955TV SeriesHimself
Allen in Movieland1955TV MovieHimself
America's Greatest Bands1955TV SeriesHimself
Caesar's Hour1954TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer
The George Jessel Show1954TV SeriesHimself
The Glenn Miller Story1954Himself
Omnibus1953TV SeriesHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1952TV SeriesHimself
Star of the Family1952TV SeriesHimself
Cavalcade of Bands1950-1951TV SeriesHimself
Kreisler Bandstand1951TV SeriesHimself
Mid Century: Half Way to Where?1950Short documentaryHimself - drummer
Gene Krupa and His Orchestra1949ShortHimself
Floor Show1949TV SeriesHimself
Thrills of Music: Gene Krupa and His Orchestra1948ShortHimself (Drummer / Leader)
The Drummer Man1947ShortHimself
Boy! What a Girl!1947Himself
Let Me Off Uptown1942ShortHimself / Drummer
Thanks for the Boogie Ride1942ShortHimself / Drummer
Gene Krupa: America's Ace Drummer Man and His Orchestra1941ShortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Classic Rock Drum Solos2007Video documentaryHimself
Great Performances2005TV SeriesHimself
A Great Day in Harlem1994DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
American Masters1993TV Series documentaryHimself
The Gene Krupa Story1959Drummer (uncredited)
Jazz Ball1956TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Best Years of Our Lives1946Musician - Drum Solo (uncredited)
For Auld Lang Syne1938Documentary shortHimself - drummer with Benny Goodman Orchestra: Clip from 'Hollywood Hotel' (uncredited)

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