The 10 Best Singing Drummers In Rock History (Article)

GretschedHive

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Has anyone mentioned Grady Tate yet? Played with the likes of Ella, Duke, Basie and Paul Simon, and the voice of several Schoolhouse Rock classics (amongst many others, of course).
 

Ransan

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Here’s a couple of icons that I’d say laid the modern era foundation for band leading drummers who sang.

Dave Clark of The Dave Clark 5
Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys

Drumming was great as well, nothing like the tightness of DC’s snare fill, or Gary’s open booming bass drum sound.

Even Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook was a solid percussionist.
 
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JimmyM

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Here’s a couple of icons that I’d say laid the modern era foundation for band leading drummers who sang.

Dave Clark of The Dave Clark 5
Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys

Drumming was great as well, nothing like the tightness of DC’s snare fill, or Gary’s open booming bass drum sound.

Even Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook was a solid percussionist.
Gary is a friend of mine and so is his band. But Gary never played drums in the studio, and long ago switched to rhythm guitar. However, the perception was that he played drums and he did gig and sing on drums. Dave I don't think sang many leads, but he was the clear leader and sang lots of BG's. I'll allow both.

:D

I'm very disappointed not to see Colin Bailey listed as one of the top singing drummers, though. His vocal in the bridge of Happy Kyne and the Mirthmakers' hit "Boogie Fever" is classic:

 

Macarina

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I’ve seen Levon Helm at the top of these kinds of list. Never understood the accolades. There’s many on this list and others mentioned here where the their voices stand out.
Oh well, some folks love Dylan’s voice. Variety is the spice of life.
 

JimmyM

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I’ve seen Levon Helm at the top of these kinds of list. Never understood the accolades. There’s many on this list and others mentioned here where the their voices stand out.
Oh well, some folks love Dylan’s voice. Variety is the spice of life.
Levon had a great voice. Just because he doesn't sing high doesn't mean he can't sing.
 
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