Born. September 30, 1917.
Died. April 2, 1987.
1917 - Buddy Rich was born in
1919 - At the tender age of 18
months, he was already featured in his parent's Vaudeville act
1921 - Buddy Rich made his
Broardway debut in Raymond Hitchcock's pinwheel.
1923 - Buddy went with his
parents to Australia where for 18 months, he presented a solo act
-Traps The Drum Wonder
1928 - By the age of 11, Buddy
Rich was the second highest paid child star in the world, after
Jackie Coogan, and he toured throughout the United States with his
1931 - His parents retired from
Vaudeville and the Rich family settled in Brooklyn where Buddy
soon became a part of the flourishing New York jazz scene of the
1938 - Buddy Rich's jazz career
began seriously at the Hickory House in New York, where he played
with Joe Marsala.
1939 - Rich worked with Bunny
Bergian and Artie Shaw.
1939-42 - Featured with the Tommy
Dorsey Orchestra before joining the U.S Marines.
1945-46 - Buddy Rich rejoined the
Dorsey Orchestra and, by then, he was not only the highest paid
sideman in the world but indisputably regarded as the greatest
drummer of his day.
1946 - Buddy Rich decided to form
his own big band with excellent arrangements by writers like Tadd
Dameron and fine soloists like Zoot Sims, Al Kohn, Tony Scott and
1947 - By this time the great
days of the Big Band era were drawing to a close and Buddy Rich
decided to accept an offer from Norman Granz to join Jazz At The
Philharmonic. Between tours all over the world with JATP, Rich was
one of the leading figures in the New York Jazz scene, where he
worked and recorded with pioneering bop musicians like Charlie
Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk , Al Haig, Dexter Gordon,
and many other great jazz players.
1950's - Buddy Rich worked
alternately with the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
1961 - Back with the Harry James
band and once again the driving force behind this excellent
1966 - Buddy Rich decided to take
the plunge and form his own big band. He assembled some of the
leading players of the day, like Gene Quill and Pepper Adams. Over
the next few years, the personnel of the Rich Orchestra included
outstanding musicians like Don Menza, Art Pepper, Al Porcine, Pat
LaBarbera and Steve Marcus.
1967 - Jackie Gleason selected
the Buddy Rich Orchestra to feature on his summer TV series.
During the autumn, he toured with Frank Sinatra.
70's - 80's -Buddy Rich continued
lead his big band, except for a brief spell in 1974 when he formed
a small group (featuring Sal Nistico, Sonny Fortune, Joe romano,
Jack Wilkins, Kenny Baron, and John Bunch) at a club he opened in
New York called Buddy's Place.
1987 - Buddy continued to tour
with his big band until his death on April the 2nd 1987.
Artists Buddy performed with
- Bunny Berigan
- Irving Berlin
Nat King Cole
- Max Roach
- peppe merolla
- Maynard Ferguson
- Lionel Hampton
The Metronome All-Stars
The Original Mambo Kings
- Oscar Peterson
- Louie Bellson
- Al Gray