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Old 07-15-2012, 02:28 AM
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Default What's the most famous drum solo in history?

This may be uncountable and only a matter of a few opinions, but what is the most well known?

And also optional... What one do you think is the best?

YouTube link please? I am trying to brainstorm what drum solo I should transcribe next!

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Old 07-15-2012, 02:30 AM
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Who can defeat Moby Dick and The Mule!

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Old 07-15-2012, 03:20 AM
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Yes Moby Dick and The Mule are rock classics and very famous :)

There's Joe Morello's solo in Take Five which is also famous...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVGotpIxkGU

And my personal favourite from last year, Simon Phillips in Voice with Hiromi and Anthony Jackson, Simon's solo starts at 7:20, but the whole song is a veritable tour de force from all three musicians :)

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Old 07-15-2012, 04:00 AM
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I guess drum solos are famous for being associated with a piece of music during which they're performed, rather than a specific, recorded performance.

I'll go with Sing, Sing, Sing, by Gene Krupa. It was one of the earliest drum solos captured in a commercial recording and it was his signature tune. Even today, people know the tune and the drum feature is prominent.

I'd probably put West Side Story, by Buddy Rich, as my #2 choice.

#3 would be Take Five, by Joe Morello.

#4 would be Moby Dick, by John Bonham.
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As a classic I would have to say Wipe Out by the Surfaris.
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Moby Dick, all the way!
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I like Moby Dick the best, then in second place I like Sing, Sing, Sing. However, the topic was the most famous drum solo, and I do believe Wipe out is more famous.
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Depends who you talk to.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:10 AM
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Depends who you talk to.
You're right Larry...

Lindsay, take your pick here ... :)

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Old 07-15-2012, 10:54 AM
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Something's gotta be said for the little furry guy that introduced a whole generation of kids to Buddy Rich:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_BmeBfV-O4
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Well, by saying "famous", you suggest something that the public would know, and not limited to musicians or aficionados. In other words, seemingly classic solos like Moby Dick and Toad don't really count.

There are some appropriate responses with Take Five, Sing Sing Sing, and Wipeout, but let's not overlook perhaps the most famous and enduring solo of the rock era: The End by the Beatles/Ringo. And from a drummer who didn't even like to do solos!

Remember, the key word is famous.

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Old 07-15-2012, 03:37 PM
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I think it depends on the Genre, for classic rock i would say the drum solo in the song Inagodadavida by Iron Butterfly
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:15 PM
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I'd say Wipeout. its probably the most recognised by the maximum number of people on the planet. they might not know why it sounds familiar , but I'm sure they feel they've heard it before.
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Ah, forgot about Iron Butterfly (and I know Ron Bushy!) I'd say that ranks a close 2nd in terms of exposure to the public since the late '60s. That and The End were genuine anthems, and still get more airplay than anything else mentioned.

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Old 07-15-2012, 04:34 PM
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Among the masses or among drummers? Everyone knows Wipeout and "The End" has probably had more people "air drums" than any other.

I'd say every drummer has played SIng , Sing, SIng. And for guys my age it may very well be T.N.U.C

Now..., not to derail the thread, but what's the most famous "fill?"
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Now..., not to derail the thread, but what's the most famous "fill?"
...In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

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Old 07-15-2012, 04:50 PM
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I'd say Wipeout. its probably the most recognised by the maximum number of people on the planet. they might not know why it sounds familiar , but I'm sure they feel they've heard it before.
Wipeout is indeed ubiquitous, but is a solo drum part actually a drum solo? If so, My Sharona would qualify because of its trademark drum intro. Same for Honky Tonk Woman, Walk This Way, and probably a dozen other examples that would be considered equally well-known (read: famous.)

I'm trying to think of more recent, famous drum solos (or solo parts) and am at a loss. It seems that everything mentioned is 30+ years old (assuming we count My Sharona, which came out 33 years ago!) I suppose that with the popularity of sequenced music, there's not much thought given to drums as a solo instrument, they're simply there for the pulse. That could explain the enduring popularity of oldies and classic rock, which isn't just for the older generations, the kids are diggin it as much as we did back in the day.

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Old 07-15-2012, 05:08 PM
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I would say the most famous would be Sing Sing Sing,Take Five,and The End.All three were heard on the radio at the time of their release.You remember the radio right?:)

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Old 07-15-2012, 05:19 PM
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I'd have to say "Wipeout". Plenty of school kids (boys and girls) pounded that pulse out on their school desk top. Drummers and non-drummers. Never heard anyone pound out "The End" .... and "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", only a few (too long and complex).
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:31 PM
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If we're talking the single most famous drum part, I will agree with Wipeout. Let's also not forget that it was based on a high school drum cadence, so even a number of non-radio-listening public was exposed to the rhythm.

For most of the '60s, the challenge to a drummer was "can you play Wipeout?" Later it became "can you play Toad?" and "... Inna Gadda Da Vida?"

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Old 07-15-2012, 06:30 PM
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the little solo in the song Frankenstein by Edgar Winter was pretty popular in its day also.
i remember working out on those riffs
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:51 PM
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Agree, , inagadadavida was pretty iconic at the time. I'm also thinking Santana's Soul Sacrifice ( sorry, I'm old ), Deep Purple's Mule... Hmm..
Let's see, take 5 was more a memorable riff than a drum solo IMO , great as Morello's solo was. I bet Sandy Nelson did some stuff that we are forgetting ( GD MIGHT KNOW )
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:00 PM
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How about the little solo Bonham does at the end of Rock n' Roll? Don't know if it's the most famous though since nobody has mentioned it. My money is on Sing, Sing, Sing.
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Aha, I forgot about Frankenstein and Sandy, too. Again, both older material. Nothing more recent/current?

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How about the little solo Bonham does at the end of Rock n' Roll? Don't know if it's the most famous though since nobody has mentioned it.
Definitely famous, that song still gets a lot of airplay and is undoubtedly one of Zep's signature songs. I guess that 'ending' qualifies as a solo, I'd never thought of it that way before, but it's certainly more than just a fill or a part...

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Old 07-15-2012, 07:16 PM
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Cozy Powell charted with this release in 1973 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO_fx1WshCA I remember it well, & was certainly "famous" within the general population for some time. I'm also fairly sure it's very rare, or possibly even unique, for a drummer to have chart success with a drum solo based record.

I'd say Peart's YYZ solo is pretty up there too in wider recognition terms.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:21 PM
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Definitely famous, that song still gets a lot of airplay and is undoubtedly one of Zep's signature songs. I guess that 'ending' qualifies as a solo, I'd never thought of it that way before, but it's certainly more than just a fill or a part...

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How about the little solo Bonham does at the end of Rock n' Roll?
I was going to say "The End" from Ringo, just in terms of record sales alone.

But Rock and Roll gets way more radio play, and I would say the ending qualifies as a drum solo.
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Part of why this is a difficult question, and the answers vary widely, is that we must first define the meanings of "famous" and "solo".

Solo is easy - it means by itself or alone, or to do something by oneself or alone. So from a purely literal standpoint, a drum solo can occur any time drums are heard without accompaniment. That would include a drum fill leading into a song (such as on Bowie's "Young Americans") or to the extreme, the single snare pop leading into "Light My Fire". But I'm sure that's not what the OP meant by "drum solo".

Dictionary.com defines famous as "having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature" I guess we then have to decide what "widespread" means. From the same site: "distributed over a wide region, or occurring in many places or among many persons or individuals" Well, what does "many" mean? Is it a majority? And "places"... is that just forums, or a specific country, or the whole world?

I'm not overly hung-up on words, but it's all we've got to work with. If the OP will explain exactly what the parameters are for answering the question, I'll bet the responses would be quite narrow, and perhaps quite different.

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Part of why this is a difficult question, and the answers vary widely, is that we must first define the meanings of "famous" and "solo".

Solo is easy - it means by itself or alone, or to do something by oneself or alone. So from a purely literal standpoint, a drum solo can occur any time drums are heard without accompaniment. That would include a drum fill leading into a song (such as on Bowie's "Young Americans") or to the extreme, the single snare pop leading into "Light My Fire". But I'm sure that's not what the OP meant by "drum solo".

Dictionary.com defines famous as "having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature" I guess we then have to decide what "widespread" means. From the same site: "distributed over a wide region, or occurring in many places or among many persons or individuals" Well, what does "many" mean? Is it a majority? And "places"... is that just forums, or a specific country, or the whole world?

I'm not overly hung-up on words, but it's all we've got to work with. If the OP will explain exactly what the parameters are for answering the question, I'll bet the responses would be quite narrow, and perhaps quite different.

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Absolutely, however, most of the "famous" solos mentioned in this thread, somehow fit the description, furthermore, the OP also mention the optional "favourite" solo by any given members, so it's all good :)

I'm also getting the impression that Lindsay Anne wants to work on some solos? and want to transcribe some of them? There's certainely already quite a choice to chose from, I say let's bring some more solos, being "famous" or simply someone's favourite solo :)
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The solo in In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is pretty famous.
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There is also a big difference between naming a famous song that has a drum solo and naming a famous drum solo... Or a song that is famous for its drum solo.
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Sing, Sing, Sing


If you listen, most of the other famous drum solos mentioned follow much of Krupas pattering.

Further, it was the center of a MAJOR popular song of its time...and well into the decade following.

It burnt the sorrow and fear of war away for countless grieving people with a mix of joy and anger sorely needed....and evolved through pure need.
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Yes, all of them.

Sandy Nelson's Let There Be Drums is not really heard of these days but this would have briefly been the most famous solo when it hit the Top 10 of the charts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC9okWm8A6o ... I think Brian Bennett's Little B. is iconic

How about the end of My Generation? That would qualify as a short solo but people seem to just think of it as Moonie being Moonie.
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Before the Surfaris and "Wipeout" , "Caravan (with a drum solo)" was the most often requested drum solo vehicle in the mid-late 50-s until Wipeout. Frank Zappa even eluded to
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Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein
http://youtu.be/OEQZTzIYRXs

...again...within whatever parameters there are, this could potentially be considered...

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heres an awsome one. Santana's performance at woodstock. drummers name is Michael Shrieve, he was only 20 years old here. solo starts at 2:45......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDuYCeGOh00
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Not sure if it qualifies, but.... Jack and Diane ?

Not the most challenging, yet ... so appropriate !
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heres an awsome one. Santana's performance at woodstock. drummers name is Michael Shrieve, he was only 20 years old here. solo starts at 2:45......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDuYCeGOh00
This is one of my favorites too. Didn't know his name....thanks. 20 years old? Freakin' amazing!
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