Re: Vinnie Colaiuta...the unsung Hero.
Indeed. If you want to see just how "Unsung" he is, I suggest reading back over the last decade of Modern Drummer reader polls.
Also, his list of CD credits over on AllMusic is literally thousands of albums long, featuring some of the biggest names in popular music.
OK, he's not widely known outside of the world of musicians. But still... He's pretty bloody known inside it!