[JPL] Hall of Fame drummer Earl Palmer dead at 84

Claudia Russell crussell at sdccd.edu
Mon Sep 22 14:00:22 EDT 2008

Soon, a memorial website for Earl will be up.  My fiance is working on it in
conjunction with Earl's daughters Shelly and Pam.  
I'll post the web address as soon as it's up.

Claudia Russell 
Program Director
Jazz Host
KSDS 88.3fm Public Radio
1313 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

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September 20, 2008
Hall of Fame drummer Earl Palmer dead at 84

Filed at 2:18 a.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Earl Palmer, the session drummer whose pioneering
backbeats were recorded on such classics as Little Richard's ''Tutti Frutti''
and The Righteous Brothers' ''You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin',''
has died. He was 84.

Palmer died Friday at his Los Angeles home after fighting a lengthy illness,
his spokesman Kevin Sasaki said.

Born in New Orleans in 1924 and later moving to Los Angeles, Palmer worked
extensively in both cities, recording with some of the music world's all-time
greats on thousands of tracks.

His beats form the backdrop on Ike and Tina Turner's ''River Deep, Mountain
High,'' Fats Domino's ''The Fat Man'' and ''I Hear You Knockin''' by Smiley

>From his Los Angeles home, Palmer drummed for music producer Phil 
and Motown, and his session credits include artists as diverse as the
Monkees, Neil Young and Frank Sinatra.

''He was groundbreaking,'' said Ed Vodika, the pianist in the Earl Palmer
Trio. Palmer ''shaped American music for the '50s, '60s and '70s.''

Vodika said he met Palmer about 10 years ago and was asked to join the trio.
The pianist said he spent the next five years playing weekly gigs in Los
Angeles that attracted a host of big-name musicians, from Bonnie Raitt to
Ringo Starr.

''He worked with so many people in his career ... you never knew who would be
in the audience,'' Vodika said.

Palmer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. According to
the institution's Web site, Little Richard wrote in his autobiography that
Palmer ''is probably the greatest session drummer of all time.''

Palmer married four times and is survived by his seven children.

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