Gene Krupa

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Birthday
15, 1909
Birthplace
Chicago, IL
Death Date
Oct 16, 1973 (64)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
15, 1909
Birthplace
Chicago, IL
Death Date
Oct 16, 1973 (64)

About

Jazz drummer who worked with many seminal artists, including Tommy Dorsey. He started recording in the late 1920s with Red McKenzie, among others.

Before Fame

He went against his parents' wishes for him to become a priest; he pursued a musical career instead.

Trivia

His playing has influenced many artists, including John Bonham and Keith Moon.

Family Life

He married Ethel McGuire in 1934 and, after their divorce in 1942, he remarried in 1946, and then married Patty Bowler in 1959.

Associated With

In the 1930s, he was featured among other artists, including Benny Goodman, in a series of jazz sides recorded for and issued on Columbia Records.