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Traps - The Drum Wonder: The Life of Buddy Rich

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(Book). Now back in print, this bestseller by Mel Torme is a brilliant biography of his friend of forty years, Buddy Rich, who was one of the most famous drummers of the Swing Era, having starred in the Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey bands. His career started when he was two years old in his parents' Vaudeville act, and by the time he was four he was the highest paid child pe ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Rebeats Press (first published 1991)
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Nov 20, 2013 Marvin rated it really liked it
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Back in the late 70s, I was given tickets by a friend who worked at a radio station to see drummer Buddy Rich at the Starwood, a club in Hollywood. I was a big jazz fan but I tended to gravitate to the modern stuff a la Coltrane, Miles, and Coleman. In my mind, Buddy Rich was a relic of the Swing Era. I found out I was wrong. His big band was great but Buddy Rich was incredible. It was like watching a magician and thinking, "How in the hell can he do that?". There may have been more innovative d ...more
Mar 09, 2008 Andy rated it really liked it
A moving biography about one of the most influential and well-known drummers in music history. Torme, a fine drummer in his own right, takes us through the life and musical career of Buddy Rich, oft called the "World's Greatest Drummer."

I read this book many years ago for a school project. Though Buddy Rich has never been one of my main inspirations or even favorite players, anybody who's into music should check this book out. There are many interesting stories from past days. These are certainl
Mar 05, 2010 Bob rated it really liked it
Peppy biography of the great drummer Buddy Rich, one of music's most colorful characters, as told by his long time friend, jazz singer Mel Torme. Torme's writing style is casual, classy and funny, just like his music. I picked this up because I wanted to know more about Buddy's legendary temper tantrums. I got that and much more. Buddy was a complex person that not even his best friends and family fully understood. This book may be the closest anyone ever gets to an answer.
Jun 07, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing
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This is one of the best biographies I've ever read, because author Mel Torme knew Buddy Rich's family as a personal friend, as well as being a musician who knew him professionally.
David Schneider
Good buok but tainted by Mel's HUGE EGO.
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Melvin Howard Tormé, nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician, known for his jazz singing. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, a drummer, an actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He co-wrote the classic holiday song "The Christmas Song" (also known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") with Bob Wells.
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