Maybe this is where the term "Kick" drum came from

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
That was badass!

I love his ideas! Could be the first double kick drum player?

A thousand thanks for that, that really made my day!
 

Hollywood Jim

Platinum Member
I have always loved this piece of film !

Thanks.

I met Mr. Astaire in 1957. He was a really nice guy. Of course I was only 7 at the time.
My Dad was playing drums for the movie Silk Stockings.


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keep it simple

Platinum Member
I love his ideas!
Me too, in fact, that could be the first solo in a long time that I can truly say I enjoyed!

I've talked with Michele Drees about Fred's drumming/tap association. She also mentions it in her recent interview with Drummer Magazine.

I met Mr. Astaire in 1957. He was a really nice guy. Of course I was only 7 at the time.
My Dad was playing drums for the movie Silk Stockings.


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That is so cool it's off the cool scale. Wow!
 

Jeff Almeyda

Senior Consultant
Amazing, and all in one take. A commenter on YT pointed this out but the camera just stays on him while he performs. No cutaways or anything. Oh by the way, in a tux too!

Just too much fun. I also really dug the low boy hats.
 

Bobrush

Senior Member
Amazing, and all in one take. A commenter on YT pointed this out but the camera just stays on him while he performs. No cutaways or anything. Oh by the way, in a tux too!

Just too much fun. I also really dug the low boy hats.
I remember hearing that Fred always insisted on that for all his numbers. The guy was an astounding talent.
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
Wouldn't it be a hoot if I made a comedy video of me trying to replicate that? I'd probably break my face on a drum. I'm sure that is so much harder than it looks. I liked it because Fred provided a pretty cool time capsule of the way drummers structured their fills back in those days. I mean a tap dance and a drummer are pretty close cousins, you can tell he absorbed stuff from drummers of the day.
 

BobC

Member
That was amazing. Fred was a very talented guy.

There's a clip of Karen Carpenter doing something similar to the tune of "Strike Up The Band." She doesn't dance, but plays a multitude of percussion instruments beautifully. A lot of people don't realize what a good drummer she actually was.
 

longgun

Gold Member
Wouldn't it be a hoot if I made a comedy video of me trying to replicate that? I'd probably break my face on a drum. I'm sure that is so much harder than it looks. I liked it because Fred provided a pretty cool time capsule of the way drummers structured their fills back in those days. I mean a tap dance and a drummer are pretty close cousins, you can tell he absorbed stuff from drummers of the day.
Oh please Uncle Larry, yes, yes, yeessss, please make the video, pleeaase... :)
+1............now we have to see it Uncle Larry
 
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