Gene Krupa (Drums)
Born: 15th January 1909, Chicago
Died: 16th October 1973, Yonkers, New York, U.S.
Eugene Bertram Krupa was an American jazz drummer, bandleader and composer known for his energetic style and showmanship. His drum solo on Benny Goodman's 1937 recording of "Sing, Sing, Sing" elevated the role of the drummer from an accompanying line to an important solo voice in the band.
In collaboration with the Slingerland drum and Zildjian cymbal manufacturers, he was a major force in defining the standard band drummer's kit.