we keep on keepin' on telling it like it was

MY ATTENTION re­mains fo­cused on Tell It Like It Was, my new pub­li­ca­tion on Medium. And Tell It Like It Was re­mains fo­cused on mu­sic — mostly mu­sic of the '60s but we will get into the rock & roll and rhythm & blues be­fore and af­ter that decade even­tu­ally.

In the past week, Lew Shiner and John Ross pub­lished pieces on drum­mers: Lew with "Jack Sper­ling, King of the Big-Band Drum­mers" and John with "Give the Drum­mers Some!" and "Honey Lantree, R.I.P."

John's first ar­ti­cle takes us from his abuse of plas­tic rulers as a youth­ful air-drummer through a look at five fa­mous per­cus­sion­ists be­fore fo­cus­ing on Gina Schock, the under-appreciated drum­mer for the Go-Go's.

His sec­ond piece is a trib­ute to the re­cently de­ceased Honey Lantree, who stood out as a fine drum­mer for a fine band, the Hon­ey­combs, who had one big (fine) hit dur­ing the British In­va­sion of 1964, "Have I the Right."

Here are links to these three fine reads:

Jack Sper­ling, King of the Big-Band Drum­mers
Give the Drum­mers Some!
Honey Lantree, R.I.P.

In Lew's piece on Jack Sper­ling, he makes this ob­ser­va­tion about drum­mers: "It takes a cer­tain kind of per­son to play drums. When it comes down to it, the drum­mer has to im­pose his or her will on the band, to say, 'My rhythm, right or wrong. Fol­low me or get off the bus.' You could look at that as con­fi­dence or as ar­ro­gance, de­pend­ing on the drum­mer and how char­i­ta­ble you might be feel­ing. For sheer ag­gres­sion, you’d be hard put to match Gin­ger Baker, or Keith Moon, or John Bon­ham."

If you haven't read the in­tro­duc­tion to Tell It Like It Was, now's a groovy time: HERE