Larrie Londin
October 15, 1943 - August 24, 1992
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© Lissa Wales






Larrie Londin...
Larrie's resume reads like Who's Who in music. It's impossible to listen to any radio very long before you hear his solid backbeat. He was a real musician's musician and we hope that someday he'll get the widespread recognition he deserves...

Larrie Londin (born Ralph Gallant on October 15, 1943 in Norfolk, Virginia, died August 24, 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee) was a drummer who played with a wide range of artists including Elvis Presley, Journey and Steve Perry.

With Journey, he played on Raised On Radio. With Steve Perry as a solo artist, he played on Street Talk.

Larrie also performed with Elvis Presley on tour during Presley's last years, and can be heard prominently playing with the King on the Madison label's 2007 release of "A New Kind Of Rhythm," a recording of a 1976 Presley concert.

He can also be heard on recordings by:

Emmylou Harris, Diana Ross, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett, Lionel Richie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Boots Randolph, Charlie Pride, Randy Travis, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, B.B. King, Albert Lee, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Bobby Bare, Merle Haggard, Hank Snow, Jerry Reed, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Don Francisco, Dan Fogelberg, Reba McEntire, KT Oslin, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Jr., Chet Atkins, Adrian Belew and Ronnie Milsap.

As young men, Larrie and his bassist brother Lonnie were members of The Headliners, among the very few white acts signed to a Motown record label. Two singles were released by the Headliners in the early '60s.

By the late '70s, Londin had made Nashville his home, becoming a leading A-team session player, raising a family, and hosting his brother Lonnie for a short time. With his wife, Debbie Gallant, he established D.O.G. Percussion (named for Debbie's initials), the area's first dedicated drum shop.

Always promoting innovation in the session business, Londin mentored younger musicians and proposed the first cartage services for Nashville session players.

Londin died at 48 in 1992 of a heart attack.




© Lissa Wales








Larrie Londin...
by James Byron Fox

In October of 1991 I got a phone call from my pal Larrie Londin, The Greatest Drummer In The World. I know that is a rather provocative assessment of a drummer whose name goes unrecognized more often than not, but I'm not the only one who holds that belief. "Larrie Londin is the greatest drummer in he world, at least, that's my opinion, and it should be yours too," said Chet Atkins as he introduced Larrie during the GUITAR MASTERS tour in 1991. I first met Larrie Londin when he came to Virginia Beach for a Guitar Masters Concert in September, 1991, and I spent as much time as I could with him, from picking him up at the Norfolk International Airport, trap case in tow and  helping him assemble his drum kit, to taking him to some local nightspots after the show. I was hoping that some of his experiences would rub off on me and I urged him to relate stories about his amazing career that spanned four decades and scores of hit records with some of the world's biggest stars.

The day he called me from Nashville to invite me to Philadelphia. I made excuses; my job, my dog, the six hour drive, my own band's commitments, my perpetual lack of funds, but I arrived in Philly Wednesday afternoon, October 17, 1991, despite my excuses. In my heart I'm a journalist and a musician and this was a chance to spend two more days with one of Elvis Presley’s drummers. I could not resist. You see Larrie had become my friend. We hung out together at the hotel, backstage and on the streets of Philadelphia. I dogged him unmercifully and he answered every question I could think to ask, holding nothing back. I had an idea to help him co-write a book about his extraordinary life and call it, IN THE COURT OF THE KING, referring to the 9 years he spent recording and often touring with Elvis, replacing Ronnie Tutt. But the recordings and tours with Elvis were only a small part of Larrie's legacy. If not the best known, Larrie is one of the most listened to drummers in the world. He played on more hit records during his career than any other drummer with the possible exception of the legendary session drummer Hal Blaine, and his work covers the complete musical spectrum.

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Ralph Gallant (Larrie Londin is his stage name) grew up in Florida, returning to Norfolk in the 50's and cutting his musical teeth on local groups like Gene Vincent and the Bluecaps. His Mom was one of the first roller-skating waitresses at DOUMAR'S, a prototype of what would become a national craze of drive-in hamburger restaurants. Larrie's early environment was saturated in Rock'n'roll music and it rubbed off on him.

He said his drumming career started in Norfolk by accident, and as I listened to his wealth of stories it seemed that he credited accidents with situation after situation which had thrust him from a Norfolk nightclub into the studios of Motown at the height of the "Motor City Sound," and on to a career in Nashville, where Chet Atkins was defining "The Nashville Sound." He went from being one of Nashville's only drummers to being Country Music's top studio drummer. Larrie played with the cream of the crop on literally thousands of sessions.

His accomplishments ranged from touring with Adrian Belew to The Everly Brothers, from TV shows with Tennessee Ernie Ford to The 1992 Command Performance for the President, from records with Stevie Wonder to Steve Perry and JOURNEY. All accidents? Diana Ross; The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves; The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett, Lionel Ritchie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Boots Randolph, Charlie Pride, Randy Travis, Porter Wagnor, Dolly Parton, B.B. King, Albert Lee, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, England Dan; John Ford Coley, Bobby Bare, Merle Haggard, Hank Snow, Jerry Reed, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Dan Fogelberg, Reba McEntire, KT Oslin, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Jr., Chet Atkins; Elvis Presley . All accidents? It wasn't a string of accidents. It was hard work, taste and talent. Larrie was the first to admit that he wasn't the best drummer in the world, we both agreed that Buddy Rich had been the best, but Chet Atkins was right, Larrie was the greatest.

By the time we left Philadelphia, I knew I wanted to tell Larrie's story, but I also knew he was one of the busiest musicians in the world with studio commitments, concert tours, drumming clinics, product endorsements and his own video production company.

Our relationship continued to grow over the phone and through correspondence, but sadly, the Philly trip was the last time I ever saw my friend. On April 24, 1992 he collapsed following a clinic at North Texas State University and he spent four months in a vegetative state. There was nothing the doctors could do to bring him back from the coma. He lingered for months in a Nashville hospice and I hoped and prayed that he would somehow beat the odds and recover even though the best medical minds said he had suffered irreversible brain damage. I had forgotten about writing a book, I just wanted my friend back. He was down to earth and one of the nicest guys I ever knew and I missed him. As summer began turning to fall, I got the news from George Lunn, Chet Atkins' road manager, that Larrie had passed away. On August 24, 1992 the world had lost its greatest drummer.

Larrie's resume reads like Who's Who in music. It's impossible to listen to any radio very long before you hear his solid backbeat. He was a real musician's musician and I hope that someday he'll get the widespread recognition he deserves.

SunsetStrip/Venue







Larrie Londin - Elvis Presley - James Burton





© Lissa Wales










It's impossible to listen to any radio very long before you hear his solid backbeat....
I hope that someday he'll get the widespread recognition he deserves.






© Rodney Harrison, N.Y.



Larrie Londin, Bobby Thompson, Paul Yandell, Chet Atkins, Johnny Gimble,
Weldon Myrick, Pig Robbins, Jerry Shook, Charlie McCoy & Henry Strzelecki
at back of RCA's "Nashville Sound" Studios, Nashville, TN, 1973



Larrie Londin & Elvis, Charlotte, NC, 20.3.1976





...from the Larry Londin Family:
Larrie Londin Family:
I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you on be-half of the Londin family for including my father in your list of drummers. It was very pleasing to see his name and picture up on such a site. It brought back a great deal of memories for me. My father would have been honored to know you had included him among such great drummers that he admired as well.
One note, my father did work with Elvis on his second Christmas album. I know Guitarman was done after Elvis' death but my dad did work with him while he was alive in the studio.
Again thank you for thinking so much of my father and for including him in your web-site.

Shannon (Londin) Gallant










Larrie Londin is the renowned Nashville Session-Master. Gone much too early... (1992)

performed with:

Elvis Presley
Steve Perry
Glenn Frey
Neil Young
Everly Brothers
Adrian Belew
Journey
Ronnie Mislap
Chet Atkins
B.B. King
Dolly Parton
Waylon Jennings
Jerry Reed
Joe Cocker
Diana Ross
The Supremes
The Temptations
The Four Tops
Martha Reeves
The Vandellas
Smokey Robinson
Joe Tex
Wilson Pickett
Lionel Ritchie
Jerry Lee Lewis
Boots Randolph
Charlie Pride
Randy Travis
Porter Wagnor
Albert Lee
Larry Carlton
Lee Ritenour
England Dan
John Ford Coley
Bobby Bare
Merle Haggard
Hank Snow
Rodney Crowell
Rosanne Cash
Dan Fogelberg
Reba McEntire
KT Oslin
Vince Gill
Ricky Skaggs
Hank Williams, Jr.

...and many more