Drummer Porn – Buddy Rich vs. Ed Shaughnessy

Even though there have been a ton of monster drummers that have come along in the last 4o years, the older I get, the more I realize that few if any can hold a candle to Buddy Rich. In terms of speed, technique, and certainly showmanship he may have no equal.  And that is why this video is so awesome.

For Ed Shaughnessy, who is no slouch himself, to agree to a “drum battle” against Buddy on what was arguably one of the most popular TV shows of its time, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, shows brass balls.  I think Buddy takes it, but not by much.

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10 Responses

  1. Buddy Rich would have been fascinated by these guys. Rich’s dad discovered his son started keeping time and rhythm before the age of two. The guy couldn’t read music and never had a lesson which is why he would love these kids. If bored or you don’t like it, start at 2:00. http://youtu.be/i-SN2l6JZO0

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  3. Was a drummer myself in the 60′s and a big fan of Hal Blaine.Not too many hits he didnt sit in on.When it came to jazz how about Joe Morello?

    • Yeah, “Take Five” and anything Brubeck did with Morello was amazing.

      I think at one point Hal Blaine was the most recorder drummer ever, playing as a studio musician on everything.

      Thanks for reading Brian.

  4. Great stuff. Don’t know anything about drums or drumming, but was struck by the simplicity of their kits (maybe because I grew up watching Van Halen, Rush, and all those guys with gongs, two kick drums, and 168 cymbals). Seeing that this was from 1978, I wonder what the over/under was on the quantity of cocaine consumed by Ed and Buddy before performing; I’d say a gram, and take the over (Ed’s a big guy :) )

    Thanks for posting.

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  7. Great that you post this. I just watched the PBS special on Johnny Carson a couple of days ago and had forgotten about Ed Shaughnessy. Interestingly, Ed commented that Johnny was actually an amazing drummer and could have had a career at that, and was able to do stuff with his left hand that he himself could not do.

  8. been playing for 43 years myself. ed shaunessy has been hanging out at the vintage drum show now for the last couple of years . it comes about every year at the kane county,il fairgrounds,in the month of may. thanks for this post,i remember watching that show,and most every time buddy was on……. carson is a good drummer also……made my sunday morning. thanks again,chris.

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