Monthly Archives: November 2015

Neil Peart on Joe Morello’s ‘Shortnin’ Bread’

SKF NOTE: In 1989 I sat with Neil Peart, played him a few of my favorite drummer records without telling him anything about the song or the drummer. Our exchanges were meant for a music publication Chip Stern was creating. … Continue reading

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Neil Peart on Louie Bellson’s ‘Skin Deep’

SKF NOTE: My friend and music writer par excellence, Chip Stern, had a very good, albeit short-lived, idea for a drummer’s magazine. I did some writing for Chip’s magazine, but I don’t know that any of my writing was published. … Continue reading

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Tony Bongiovi: Motown Drummers Were Amazing

SKF NOTE: In my Life Beyond the Cymbals post interview with Motown songwriter Brian Holland, I tell the back story of how tough it was, in the early 1980’s, for me to find information — especially reliable information — for … Continue reading

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In Search of Levon’s Ludwigs

SKF NOTE: I liked everything about The Band from the moment I first heard The Weight on some student’s record player in my high school cafeteria. The gist of The Band’s bio was, these were accomplished musicians in upstate New … Continue reading

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When Dave “Frankie” Toler Replaced Jaimo

SKF NOTE: The late drummer Dave “Frankie” Toler replaced Jaimo (1981-82) in the Allman Brothers Band. This is a publicity shot of that makeup of the band.

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Jack Costanzo: Mr. Bongo

SKF NOTE: Excellent portrait of Jack Costanzo. Here’s my edited version. Be sure to read Pop music critic George Varga’s full portrait with video at the San Diego Union Tribune web site. Bongo pioneer Jack Costanzo drums on at 96 … Continue reading

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Buddy Rich Enters Down Beat Hall of Fame

SKF NOTE: I am surprised by Down Beat Publisher Charles Suber‘s First Chorus. In Down Beat‘s 40 year existence (as of 1974), Buddy Rich is only the second drummer DB readers chose for DB Readers Hall of Fame. The first … Continue reading

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