Hall Of Fame Drummer Earl Palmer Dead At 84
September 22, 2008 at 8:32 AM (PT)
EARL PALMER, the session drummer whose pioneering backbeats were recorded on such classics as LITTLE RICHARD's "Tutti Frutti" and THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," has died. He was 84.
PALMER died FRIDAY at his LOS ANGELES home after fighting a lengthy illness, his spokesman KEVIN SASAKI said. Born in NEW ORLEANS in 1924 and later moving to LOS ANGELES, PALMER worked extensively in both cities, recording with some of the music world's all-time greats on thousands of tracks.
His beats form the backdrop on IKE and TINA TURNER's "River Deep, Mountain High," FATS DOMINO's "The Fat Man" and "I Hear You Knockin'" by SMILEY LEWIS.