Top Drummers and Drum Legends, Classic Drummer Magazine

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Joe Morello, Louie Bellson, Jim Chapin, Carmine Appice, Dino Danelli, William F. Ludwig II, Hal Blaine, Elvin Jones, Bun E. Carlos

These are some of the drum legends you read about in Classic Drummer (formerly Vintage Drummer), a drum magazine devoted to the older drum legends. If you are interested in the older greats, this is the magazine to subscribe to. Also featured in the magazine were Roy Burns, Doug Clifford, Mike Kowalski (Beach Boys), Gene Chrisman ("The Essential Memphis Drummer"), Micky Dolenz, Harold Jones, Dave Mattacks, Frank DeVito, Paul English, Chad Cromwell, Cliff Davies, and Floyd Sneed.

A column called Back Tracks is one I really enjoy; each quarter, it takes a classic song and interviews the drummer on how it came about and how it was made (e.g., exact drums used) -- for instance, Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" was focused on and Joe Morello was interviewed on the development of this song. Another focus was Rick Derringer's "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo, so Bobby Caldwell was interviewed.

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