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Eugene Bertram Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was an American
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drummer, bandleader and composer known for his energetic style and showmanship. His drum solo on
Benny Goodman Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carn ...

Benny Goodman
's 1937 recording of "
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" elevated the role of the drummer from an accompanying line to an important solo voice in the band. In collaboration with the
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drum and
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Zildjian
cymbal manufacturers, he was a major force in defining the standard band drummer's kit. Krupa is considered "the founding father of the modern drumset" by ''
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'' magazine.


Early life

The youngest of Anna (née Oslowski) and Bartłomiej Krupa's nine children, Gene Krupa was born in
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Chicago
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, United States. Bartłomiej was an immigrant from Poland born in the village of Łęki Górne, Podkarpackie in Southeastern Poland. Anna was born in
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Shamokin, Pennsylvania
, and was also of
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descent. His parents were
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who groomed him for the priesthood. He spent his grammar school days at
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. He attended the James H. Bowen High School on Chicago's southeast side. After graduation he attended
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for a year but decided the priesthood was not his vocation. Krupa studied with Sanford A. Moeller, and began playing drums professionally in the mid-1920s with bands in Wisconsin. In 1927, he was hired by
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to become a member of
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and Her Playboys, the first notable American jazz band to be led by a female musician (except
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). The Playboys were the house band at the Golden Pumpkin nightclub in Chicago and toured throughout the eastern and central United States.


Career

Krupa made his first recordings in 1927 with a band under the leadership of
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and guitarist
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. Along with other recordings by musicians from the Chicago jazz scene, such as
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, these recordings are examples of Chicago style jazz. Krupa's influences during this time included Father Ildefonse Rapp and Roy Knapp (both teachers of his), and drummers
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,
Zutty Singleton Arthur James "Zutty" Singleton (May 14, 1898 – July 14, 1975) was an American jazz drummer. Career Singleton was born in Bunkie, Louisiana, and raised in New Orleans. According to his ''Jazz Profiles'' biography, his unusual nickname, acquired ...
and
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. Press rolls (dragging one stick across the snare head while keeping the beat with the other stick) were a fairly common technique in the early stages of his development. There were many other drummers (Ray Bauduc,
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,
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,
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Dave Tough
) who influenced his approach to drumming and other instrumentalists and composers such as
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who influenced his approach to music. Krupa appeared on six recordings by the Thelma Terry band in 1928. In December 1934, he joined
Benny Goodman Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carn ...

Benny Goodman
's band, where his drum work made him a national celebrity. His
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interludes on the hit "
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" were the first extended drum solos to be recorded commercially. But conflict with Goodman prompted him to leave the group and form his own orchestra shortly after the Carnegie Hall concert in January 1938. He appeared in the 1941 film ''
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Ball of Fire
'', in which he and his band performed an extended version of the hit " Drum Boogie" (composed by Krupa and
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Roy Eldridge
), sung by
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and lip-synced by
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. In 1943, Krupa was arrested on a trumped-up drug charge. This resulted in a short jail sentence and bad publicity. Krupa broke up the orchestra and returned to Goodman's band for a few months. When Goodman wanted him to go on a west coast tour, Krupa declined. He then joined Tommy Dorsey's band for several months and then put together his next orchestra. As the 1940s ended,
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Count Basie
closed his band and
Woody Herman Woodrow Charles Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) was an American jazz Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries ...

Woody Herman
reduced his band to an octet. In 1951, Krupa cut down the size of his band to a ten-piece for a short while and from 1952 on he led trios, then quartets, often with
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then
Eddie Shu Eddie Shu ''(ne'' Edward Shulman; 18 March 1918 New York City — 4 July 1986) was an American jazz musician who played saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, harmonica, and accordion. He was also a comedic ventriloquist. Career Shu learned violin and gu ...
on tenor sax, clarinet, and harmonica. He appeared regularly in the
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concerts. In the 1950s, Krupa returned to Hollywood to appear in the films ''
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'' and ''
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''. In 1959, the movie biography ''
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'' was released;
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portrayed Krupa, and the film included cameos by
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Anita O'Day
and
Red Nichols Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols (May 8, 1905 – June 28, 1965) was an American jazz Jazz is a music genre A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music Music is the of arranging s in time through ...
. During the 1950s and 1960s, Krupa often played at the
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near
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Times Square
in Manhattan. He continued to perform in famous clubs in the 1960s, including the Showboat Lounge in northwest Washington, D.C. With peer Cozy Cole, Gene started a music school in 1954 that carried on into the 1960s. Some of the school's students included
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of KISS and
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of The New York Dolls.
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of Creedence Clearwater Revival cited Krupa as an inspiration. Krupa was still busy in the early 1970s until shortly before his death. That included several reunion concerts of the original Benny Goodman Quartette. On April 17, 1973, the Gene Krupa Quartet, composed of Eddie Shu (tenor and clarinet), John Bunch (piano), Nabil Totah (Bass) and Krupa (drums), recorded a live performance at the New School featuring the Louis Prima composition "Sing, Sing, Sing". His compositions which he wrote or co-wrote included "Some Like It Hot" in 1939, " Drum Boogie", "Boogie Blues", his theme song "Apurksody", "Ball of Fire", "Disc Jockey Jump" with
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Gerry Mulligan
, "Wire Brush Stomp", "Hippdeebip", "Krupa's Wail", "Swing is Hee", "Quit and Roll 'Em" with
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, and "How 'Bout This Mess".


Krupa-Rich drum battles

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hired Krupa and drummer
Buddy Rich Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz Jazz is a music genre A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music Music is the of arranging s in time through ...

Buddy Rich
for his Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts. The two drummers performed at Carnegie Hall in September 1952 and it was issued by
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as '' The Drum Battle''. The two drummers faced off in a number of television broadcasts and other venues and often played similar duets with drummer
Cozy Cole William Randolph "Cozy" Cole (October 17, 1909 – January 9, 1981) was an American jazz drummer who had hits with the songs " Topsy I" and "Topsy (instrumental), Topsy II". "Topsy II" peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, ''Billboard'' Hot 10 ...

Cozy Cole
. Krupa and Rich recorded two studio albums together: '' Krupa and Rich'' (Verve, 1955) and '' Burnin' Beat'' (Verve, 1962).


Personal life

Krupa married Ethel Maguire twice: the first marriage lasted from 1934 to 1942, the second from 1946 to her death in 1955. He remarried in 1959 to Patty Bowler and they were divorced within ten years. In the early 1970s, Krupa's house in
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, was damaged by fire. He continued to live in the parts of the house that were habitable. In 1973, Krupa died in Yonkers at the age 64 from heart failure, though he also had leukemia and emphysema. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in
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.


Endorsement

In the 1930s, Krupa became the first endorser of
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drums. At Krupa's urging, Slingerland developed
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s with tuneable top and bottom , which immediately became important elements of virtually every drummer's setup. Krupa developed and popularized many of the
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techniques that became standard. His collaboration with
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developed the modern
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cymbals and standardized the names and uses of the
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,
crash cymbal A crash cymbal is a type of cymbal that produces a loud, sharp "crash" and is used mainly for occasional accents, as opposed to a ride cymbal. It can be mounted on a stand and played with a drum stick, or by hand in clash cymbals, pairs. One or ...
and
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. He is also credited with helping to formulate the modern
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drum set
, being one of the first jazz drummers to use a
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bass drum
in a recording session (December 1927). One of his bass drums, a Slingerland 14×26, inscribed with
Benny Goodman Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carn ...

Benny Goodman
's and Krupa's initials, is preserved at the
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Smithsonian Institution
in Washington, D.C.


Awards and honors

In 1978, Krupa became the first drummer inducted into the ''Modern Drummer'' Hall of Fame. The 1937 recording of
Louis Prima Louis Leo Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter. While rooted in New Orleans New Orleans (,
's "
Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" is a 1936 song, with music and lyrics by Louis Prima Louis Leo Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter. While rooted in New Orleans New ...
" combined with Waller's "Christopher Columbus" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra featuring Krupa on drums was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982.


Discography


As leader

* 1952 ''The Original Drum Battle'' (
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) * 1952 '' The Drum Battle'' with Buddy Rich (Verve) * 1953 ''Timme Rosenkrantz' 1945 Concert Vol. 3'' (
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) * 1953 ''The Exciting Gene Krupa'' * 1954 ''Sing, Sing, Sing'' (Verve) * 1954 ''The Driving Gene Krupa'' (Verve) * 1954 ''Gene Krupa, Vol. 1'' (
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) * 1954 ''Gene Krupa, Vol. 2'' (Clef) * 1955 ''The Jazz Rhythms of Gene Krupa'' (Verve) * 1955 ''G. Krupa-L. Hampton-T. Wilson'' (Verve) * 1955 ''The Gene Krupa Quartet'' (Clef) * 1956 ''Drummer Man'' (Verve) * 1956 '' Krupa and Rich'' (Verve) * 1957 ''Krupa Rocks'' (Verve) * 1959 ''Big Noise from Winnetka'' (Commodore) * 1959 ''Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements'' (Verve) * 1959 ''Hey...Here's Gene Krupa'' (Verve) * 1959 ''The Gene Krupa Story'' (Verve) * 1961 ''Percussion King'' (Verve) * 1962 '' Burnin' Beat'' with Buddy Rich (Verve) * 1963 '' The Mighty Two'' with
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Louis Bellson
(
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) * 1964 ''
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)


As sideman

With
Benny Goodman Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carn ...

Benny Goodman
* 1950 '' Live at Carnegie Hall (1938)'' * 1955 ''The Benny Goodman Story, Vols. 1–2'' * 1956 ''The King of Swing, Vol. 2'' * 1956 ''Trio Quartet Quintet'' * 1997 '' The Complete RCA Victor Small Group Recordings'' (RCA Victor, 1935–39
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References


External links


''Let Me Off Uptown: A Gene Krupa Biography'' by John Twomey

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