If you have ever played the drums, then you know how difficult it can be. On the other hand, if you have always wanted to play the drums, it is not too late. And drum lessons can help you be better quickly, so it is not too late.
Anyone that can make a career out of playing the drums or any musical instrument should have your respect. However, don’t bow down and worship the person just because they can sing a tune or write down some lyrics. They have to be really talented for you to invest your time in. Below are some of the most underrated drummers that should receive more recognition than they do.
Micky Dolenz of The Monkees
Micky Dolenz was never a drummer before he was lucky enough to get signed on for the television show The Monkees. He was a former child star actor and a singer for a small band that decided to get rid of him. He could also play the guitar a bit. However, he drew the short straw and agreed to become the drummer for the Monkees even though he had no previous experience. While his singing gets all of the attention, as it should, his drumming was nothing to scoff at. And when you think about it, how many lead singers do you see playing the drums as they sing? This is a talent all of its own.
Ronnie Tutt may not be a household name when speaking of drummers, but he should definitely be ranked right up there with the best. He was both a studio musician and concert performer on the drums for such acts as Roy Orbison, Jerry Garcia, and Billy Joel. In fact, he was the drummer for Elvis Presley for almost all of the 1970s. Elvis trusted Tutt to not only guide the beat, but come up with sounds on his own by the reaction of Elvis onstage. He’s the type of drummer that can literally play with any band and make it immediately better.
Buddy Rich was a bandleader and a drummer that tended to favor American jazz. Probably unknown to many of you since he passed away in 1987, he is considered one of the most influential drummers of all time. His technique, power, and speed were something to see. He performed with many of the big bands during the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s and had a reputation of being the measuring stick for most.