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Old 04-30-2014, 08:21 AM
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This is a profile of a little known drummer, Jim Fernandez. He was born in 1916 in Oakland, California and passed away in 1994. He was my Father.

I was going through some of his old pictures the other day. And I found a lot of drumming stuff and Hollywood movie photographs. I thought you drummers would enjoy knowing just what a great career he had and what a great legacy he left behind. I will share just a few items with you.

Jim started playing drums when he was a small boy. Here he is in 1935 at age 19 on his front lawn in Oakland California:



At ages 19 and 20 he went on two world cruises as a drummer in the ships band. He was in the US Army Band during WWII. He also toured around the country with several Orchestras and bands; Pete Pontrelli, Ray McKinley, Ted Fio Rito, and he even got to sit in for a few gigs with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchastra when they needed a drummer.

Check out this band he played in. I just love the look of the band and the décor.



In 1944 Jim moved to Los Angeles to be closer to the movie and music scene. Here is his glam shot that he used. It helped get him into the music business in Los Angeles:



He was in 23 movies and numerous TV shows. Usually he was recording the sound track or playing in the band in the “night club” scene. He was also a drum teacher for many years.
Here he is with Gene Krupa. The autograph says “To Jim, all the best, to a fine musician and a great guy, Gene Krupa”.



Here he is with Fred Astair in 1957 working on the movie Silk Stockings. The autograph says, “To Jimmy, my best wishes always, Fred Astair, 1957”.



In 1959 he was the drum coach for Sal Mineo for the movie The Gene Krupa Story. He had to learn the Gene Krupa drum parts and solos, chart them and then teach them to Sal Mineo. (When I was nine years old he took me to the studio and I watched them film several scenes for this movie)
Here he is helping Sal learn his drum part:



In 1959 he was in Pal Joey with Frank Sinatra, Rita Heyworth and Kim Novak. Here is Jim on the drums playing Zip with Rita Heyworth. Jim played on the actual recording and did all of the sound effects. And note, the drums are in front of the band!

http://youtu.be/gYZJfcyQ3oM

(By the way I still have all of the sound effect instruments that he used on this recording.)
Here he is with Frank Sinatra.



And finally, how would you like to give Kim Novak drum lessons.





And his drumming talent and legacy lives on with his son (me) Jim Jr., his Grandson Scott and his Great Grandson Jude.

Here I am in 1963 playing at a high school dance.



Here is my son Scott playing in his punk band in 2013.

http://youtu.be/5ia0GsI3Rnc

And finally here is my 2 year old grandson Jude playing the drums with his uncle Scott.

http://youtu.be/x7tvDyUjw6w

I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the videos.

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Old 04-30-2014, 08:26 AM
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Priceless mate. Absolutely priceless. Such a rich history.

So very cool!!
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:07 AM
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Awesome!! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:12 AM
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Very cool! So are you still up in Hollywood?
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:45 PM
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Very cool! So are you still up in Hollywood?
Thanks !
No I moved to Phoenix, Arizona 35 years ago.


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Old 04-30-2014, 06:58 PM
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No I moved to Phoenix, Arizona 35 years ago.


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Great scene over there... I'm going to start booking RDG over in those parts. :D
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:46 PM
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Incredible photos! You deserve to be proud of your dad!
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Please tell me you've got some of those old drums!

BTW, I transitioned from Phoenix to L.A. 45 years ago, I still love it there and visit when I can. If you go pawn shopping for cool cymbals, and nobody has any, it's because I was probably just there! :)

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Great story and pics Jim! There is definitely a drumming history in your family, and it looks like it will continue to carry on. Good stuff!
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:08 AM
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Please tell me you've got some of those old drums!

BTW, I transitioned from Phoenix to L.A. 45 years ago, I still love it there and visit when I can. If you go pawn shopping for cool cymbals, and nobody has any, it's because I was probably just there! :)

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Yeah, no wonder I can't find any cymbals in the pawn shops around here !

Oh I wish I had my Dad's old drums sets. He was able to snag the kit that Sal Mineo used in the movie The Gene Krupa Story. He gigged with it for many years.

I do still have two Slingerland kits that he brought in 1963. He brought one for me and one for himself.
And I am still using the old cymbals each week at the jam session. I really need to get some cymbals, but they are so darn expensive !


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Old 05-01-2014, 08:03 AM
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Wow, can't believe I just discovered this thread. As always Jim, thanks for sharing all these great pictures of your dad.

I really need to get out to Rip's and hang out with you at one of these jam nights. There still a few great pawnshops to score cymbals out here. My new treasures are a 22 Hand Hammered Manhattan and a 20" Carl Allen that Bermuda must have missed. I'll tell you of my favorite shop when I meet you in person, don't want to be posting my secrets online.

Looking at the video of your boy I can see that a thick head of hair is passed along the bloodline along with the drumming ability.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:11 AM
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Wow, can't believe I just discovered this thread. As always Jim, thanks for sharing all these great pictures of your dad.

I really need to get out to Rip's and hang out with you at one of these jam nights. There still a few great pawnshops to score cymbals out here. My new treasures are a 22 Hand Hammered Manhattan and a 20" Carl Allen that Bermuda must have missed. I'll tell you of my favorite shop when I meet you in person, don't want to be posting my secrets online.

Looking at the video of your boy I can see that a thick head of hair is passed along the bloodline along with the drumming ability.
Thanks Red !

Yeah, that would be great ! Any Thursday at 8pm come on by.

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Just found this because of the new thread today. What an incredible collection of photos and stories. Thanks for sharing and your son is good!
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These photos have incredible stories to tell.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:36 PM
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Jim I am so sorry I missed this. Pocket said it best, priceless.

Wow your Dad coached Sal Mineo. Sal did a GREAT job in that movie I thought. Your Dad really did a great job.

And Fred Astaire! You have quite the pedigree Mr. Fernandez.

Kim Novak! Lovin it. And he got the set from "The Gene Krupa Story"? Outrageous! Where is it now?
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Old 09-17-2014, 01:59 AM
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can't believe I had not seen this thread until now

such an amazing story and wonderful lineage

thanks so much for sharing Jim
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:34 AM
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And he got the set from "The Gene Krupa Story"? Outrageous! Where is it now?
Thank you so much for the compliments my friends.

There were a couple of drums sets used in the Gene Krupa movie. Sal Mineo got one and my Dad got one. I learned to play drums on it.
Eventually my Dad got rid of it and he brought himself and me a brand new 1963 Slingerland kit. I still have both of those Slingerland kits.

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He let the kit go that was in the movie?
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:43 AM
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He let the kit go that was in the movie?
Yes.
For all I know he might have traded it for the two Slingerland kits.

I was only 9 years old. I would play whatever he had set up in his music room. I didn't know nothin'............

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Old 09-17-2014, 03:04 AM
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My Slingerland drum set was used in the movie "Honeymoon Hotel".

Dose that make it worth more than a few hundred dollars?

Here is a picture of it. Can you name all the people in the picture?



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My Slingerland drum set was used in the movie "Honeymoon Hotel".

Dose that make it worth more than a few hundred dollars?

Here is a picture of it. Can you name all the people in the picture?



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Shut up! :)

This just keeps getting better and better. Drawing a blank on the faces. One looks like Liz Taylor possibly. Is that Ethel Merman on the bass?
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Jim, like others here, I missed this thread somehow (guess I don't chime into this section very much, & there's so many "stickies", they occupy half the first page before getting to new posts).

Anyhow, this is one of the most delightful posts ever placed on the forum IMHO. Just so rich in family splendour it's unreal, a true window on nearly 100 years of drumming history. I'm captivated by every detail, & feel privileged to see it. BTW, I think your son's playing in his punk band is superb!
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Old 09-17-2014, 05:07 PM
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I'm captivated by every detail, & feel privileged to see it. BTW, I think your son's playing in his punk band is superb!
Thank you so much Andy !!

(It is fun to watch my son play in the punk band, but it is pretty difficult to make it through a complete set of punk songs and survive the mosh pit.).

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Thank you so much Andy !!

(It is fun to watch my son play in the punk band, but it is pretty difficult to make it through a complete set of punk songs and survive the mosh pit.).

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I understand it's tough to stay the full show if it's not your thing. It's not especially my thing either, but I have to say, your son's playing is amongst the very best I've heard in any punk band - anywhere. Such a solid player, & great choices too :)
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My Slingerland drum set was used in the movie "Honeymoon Hotel".

Dose that make it worth more than a few hundred dollars?

Here is a picture of it. Can you name all the people in the picture?



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I missed this post until now. As Pocket said, "Priceless."

And before I look up "Honeymoon Hotel" on IMDB, the only one I can positively guess is Jerry Lewis on drums.

Short pause...


I was way off. After looking up the movie cast & crew on IMDB...

My new guesses:

Robert Goulet on Guitar
Keenan Wynn on Trumpet
Anne Helm with cymbal mallet
Robert Morse on Drums
Nancy Kwan holding cowbell
(?) Man in brown sweater holding a drumstick.
Elvia Allman on Bass
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:03 AM
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Thank you JohnW.

Yes you are correct with your guess ! I never could figure out who the guy with the drum stick was. Maybe a producer or director.

Hey this is fun.

OK, here's another one for you. Who is the famous drummer on the left.
His T shirt says "Big Tiny Little Jazz Band".

My dad is on the right. (I digitally erased the famous drummers signature.)




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Is it Wayne Newton?

It looks like Wayne Newton between dye jobs.
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Is it Jack Sperling?
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:00 PM
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Is it Jack Sperling?
Ding ! Ding ! Ding !
You are correct.

Very good !

OK who is this?
My Dad played in his band.




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Old 10-09-2014, 10:30 PM
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Is it Wayne Newton?

Actually I want to say Glenn Miller.
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Larry:
OK so Jack Sperling looks a tiny bit like Wayne Newton. LOL

Get off this Wayne Newton thing already. Your creeping me out.
Wayne Newton is looking very strange these days.

And no it's not Glenn Miller. But I bet they knew each other.

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Old 10-10-2014, 07:32 AM
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Is that Bennie Goodman?
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:34 AM
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Hollywood Jim,

See below; waiting for your answer :)
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:07 PM
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Oh gosh, I'm sorry.

No it is not Bennie Goodman.

This guy was a jazz drummer, singer and bandleader in the 40's.

(Let me know if you have given up and I will tell you who he was.)


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Old 10-17-2014, 08:54 PM
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Okay, I'm going to say "uncle". I can't figure out who that is.
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:15 PM
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It is Ray McKinley. A pretty popular guy back in the day.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_McKinley


http://youtu.be/3PJI5Io6zPY


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