Tag Archives: Dave Tough

Harry Stone: Lost Opportunity to Replace Dave Tough

SKF NOTE: I really don’t know anything about Harry Stone. My friend, Chris Conrade, interviewed Harry Stone on June 6, 1979, hoping the interview would be transcribed, edited, and published in Modern Drummer. None of those things happened. Last week, … Continue reading

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Shaughnessy: Dave Tough Like Elvin in His Sense of Time

SKF NOTE: In 1985 I clipped and saved Whitney Balliett‘s piece, Little Davey Tough, from my copy of The New Yorker magazine. This was a writer’s standard pre-internet method for building a personal resource library. Mr. Balliett’s piece is timeless … Continue reading

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Audio: Freddie Gruber on The Marvelous Magic of Dave Tough

SKF NOTE: Excerpt from my interview with Freddie Gruber in Buddy Rich’s NYC apartment circa 1983-84. I posted my memory of this interview on an earlier post. I am so grateful to have met and interviewed gifted people like Freddie Gruber, … Continue reading

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Don Lamond: ‘I Played Dave Tough’s Drums for Three Months’

SKF NOTE: If Don Lamond played drums on Bobby Darin’s hit song, Beyond the Sea, and never recorded again — I would still think of Mr. Lamond’s drum sound and drum fills on Beyond the Sea as essential parts of … Continue reading

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Scott K Fish: Dave Tough Profile 1979

SKF NOTE: I wrote this Dave Tough profile for the January/February 1979 Modern Drummer as a freelance writer pre-internet. The piece includes several names of people and things Life Beyond the Cymbals readers might want to explore further. In the … Continue reading

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Fred Gruber on Dave Tough: ‘I Have a Great Love for this Man’

SKF NOTE: Excerpted from my interview with Freddie Gruber in late 1983 or early 1984. This is an instance where I recommended a drummer have a feature interview and the rest of the Modern Drummer editorial staff outvoted me. That … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Dave Tough’s Drum Pad

SKF NOTE: Life Beyond the Cymbals reader, John, wrote asking about “the tin can” in Dave Tough’s drum pad. “I wanted to ask about his practice pad. What’s with the soup can? Was to add resonance or some kind of … Continue reading

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