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Gene Krupa

Chicago-born jazz drummer Gene Krupa was a spectacular player with a loose-limbed, rambunctious style that played well to audiences. His full-kit playing technique influenced jazz and pop drummers for several generations, and he was most likely the first drummer to play kick drums and toms on a recording. His breakout gig was in the 1930s with Benny Goodman's highly popular big band. Krupa formed his own big band in the early '40s featuring Roy Eldridge and Anita O'Day, briefly served in Tommy Dorsey's… Show more

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The Glenn Miller Story (1953)
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Ball of Fire (1941)
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