Greatest Percussionist Of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Tim Curle

Tim Curle is so full of talent. While playing with Josh Groban, you will find yourself watching him perform as much as you watch Josh. He is a master of his craft. Let us hope that Josh knows that Tim is about the best asset he has ever added to his band and to make sure he doesn't lose him to another artist.

Tim is the greatest. What a nice guy and great to watch. He has to know how to play so many things! He was a real asset on Josh Groban's last tour. - anetnut

OODLES of talent and such a really friendly, fun guy - an integral part of Josh Groban's concerts - DON'T EVER LEAVE TIM! - jancuk

Tim is the most creative Percussionist I've ever heard. You RAWK Tim. Keep up the good work. - Jerusha

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2 Ray Fean

Ray continues to show his versatility as a crack percussionist with Celtic Woman. In addition to conventional drums, Ray excels on the Bodhran and such diverse percussion instruments as spoons! He puts on a marvelous show!

Ray Fean is the fantastic percussionist from the Irish group Celtic Woman. He has fans across the globe. If you've ever seen him in action, you know why he is nominated here!

Touring with Celtic Woman @ 10 months each year since 2005, Ray must be the hardest working percussionist on the planet! Modest and great with fans, he deserves it!

Ray is as much responsible for the success of Celtic Woman as the beautiful and talented girls. His energy brings out the best in them.

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3 Neil Peart Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.

He is amazing

There is no question Neil Peart is the best percussionist. Striving through health issues and disorders never getting him down.

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Neil Peart isn't just a drummer for a rock band, he's an incredible percussianist - perhaps the best that ever was. Even if you don't like the music try and listen to all of the sounds he creates in a given song such as Xanadu or listen to a solo such as Rythm Method.

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4 Ray Cooper

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Just watch and listen

Ray is amazing. Is there a percussion instrument he can't play? The guy is a ball of energy which makes watching him play live, especially with Elton, a great experience. He's also played with all of the top musicians/acts over the decades which is testament to his great skills.

Ray is not only the best...but also performs for the best! Most instances...steals the show! His energy is contagious!

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5 Evelyn Glennie

She is full of musicality and is truly special. The is one of the best solo percussionist of all time.

See YouTube "how to listen with your whole body" Evelyn Glennie

I think its amazing how someone that can hear can't really hear the beauty of music

"Even though she cannot hear, she plays her music beautifully from her heart."

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6 Sivamani

Living legend

He is the best ever percussionist from India, we love him so much!

He is the best ever in the world he skills kill's everyone's mind

The best I suppose in solos

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7 Dave Holland
8 Joey Jordison Joey Jordison Joey Jordison, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in the Horror-punk band Murderdolls. He is the co-founder and drummer for the Blackened Death Metal band Sinsaenum ...read more.

HE IS SUCH A GREAT DRUMMER!

He is one of the reasons Slipknot ROCKS SO HARD!

If he is the greatest drummer how come he's not the best percussionist

Don't forget about chris and clown from slipknot. they are both very good at percussio. And phil collins!

9 Sheila E.

By far should be in the Top 10. Stamina and perfection equals power!

10 Shawn Crahan

Shawn, Joey and Chris rocks!
Maggot 4 life (Sic)!

The Contenders

11 Brad Dutz
12 Javier M. Barrios
13 Courtney Audain
14 Robin DiMaggio
15 Trilok Gurtu

Great

16 Chris Fehn

CHRIS AND SHAWN GODS!

17 Jamie Muir
18 Ian Dogole
19 Veshesh the Percussionist

Veshesh The Percussionist check him out.. He is a maestro.. Brilliant...W. veshesh. Com

He is just super amazing

Amazing musician... I love him

A true maestro I love him

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20 John Henry Bonham

Any modern drummer can produce a heavy sound with a double-bass drumset and amplify their sound with complex equipment, but one man and one man only reached the apex of drumming ability, working with a single-bass drum and nonetheless inventing the technique of a triple-bass drum beat. Not only was Bonham an excellent drummer, he was also an excellent teacher and father to his son Jason, who was able to fill his shoes at the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion concert. That alone is evidence of the powerful force that was John Henry Bonham.

What the hell is wrong with you people. No one deserves to stand in the shadow of Bonham. There are great drummers out there, but Bonham is the sole creator of modern percussion. This is not a point of discussion, it is a conclusion of history.

Led Zeppelin. Moby Dick. How, how, how is the mighty John "Bonzo" Bonham NOT on this list? Consistently powerful and resoundingly present, Bonzo deserves the top seed of any drum ranking.

21 Buddy Rich Buddy Rich Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Widely considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed, Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" during his career.

Simply the best!

They all learnt from him!

22 Roger Taylor Roger Taylor Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician , multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter born on July 26th,1949 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was the drummer of the band Queen and wrote few of many hits such as "Under Pressure", "A Kind Of Magic" and "Radio Ga Ga". Despite being well known in Queen ...read more.
23 King Errisson
24 Ralph MacDonald
25 Will Champion Will Champion William "Will" Champion is an English musician and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the drummer and backing vocalist of the alternative rock band Coldplay.
26 Naná Vasconcelos
27 Bill Summers
28 Giovanni Hidalgo
29 Danny Carey Danny Carey Daniel Edwin "Danny" Carey, born May 10, 1961 in Lawrence, Kansas, is an American drummer and instrumentalist best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive rock band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by and played with such artists as Zaum, Green Jellÿ, Pigface, Skinny ...read more.

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30 Keith Moon Keith Moon Keith John Moon was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians.
31 Raymond Simmons

Raymond Simmons should have percussionist notoriety. Listen TO "Can't Get Rid Of This Feeling", "One For The Money" Hot Percussion Licks to name a few tunes.

32 Joe Lala

My big brother my mentor when I dropped him off at the airport, I knew I would never see him again, Love you Joe thank you

Popular and widely know, Joe Lala.

33 Yoshiki

Drummer of legendary band X Japan.

34 Casey Cooper

The best I suppose

35 Ronnie Vannucci, Jr.
36 Ringo Starr Ringo Starr Richard Starkey known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles.

He is awesome

37 Roy C. Knapp
38 Luis Jardim
39 Greg Welts
40 Johnny Conga

Has worked with them all from Carlos Santana to Eddie Palmieri to Sergio Mendes to Gloria Gaynor and many others. Known for his 'versatility' Johnny has been performing on the conga drums for 50 years and counting.

41 José Chepito Áreas
42 Frank Ricotti
43 Andrew Thomson

Great marimba player and composer

44 Laudir de Oliveira
45 Alex Auna

Not having him on this list is a sin.

46 Carl Palmer
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