Eugene Bertram “Gene” Krupa (January 15, 1909 — October 16, 1973) was an American jazz and big band drummer and composer, known for his highly energetic and flamboyant style.
The 1937 recording of Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra featuring Gene Krupa on drums was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982.
In 1959, The Gene Krupa Story was released theatrically in America.
Gene Krupa’s “Syncopated Style” is mentioned by a street musician in the 1976 film Taxi Driver.
In 1978, Krupa became the first drummer inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.
Krupa was mentioned in the Simpsons episode “Hurricane Neddy”, when Ned Flanders parents are being told they must control Ned, Ned’s father responds “We can’t do it man! That’s discipline! That’s like tellin’ Gene Krupa not to go “Boom boom bah bah bah, boom boom bah bah bah, boom boom boom bah bah bah bah, boom boom tss!””.
Benny Goodman: The Famous Carnegie Hall Concert 1938 (Columbia)
Drummin´ Man (Charly, 1938–41) with Roy Eldridge, Anita O’Day, Benny Carter, Charlie Ventura
Drum Boogie (Columbia, 1940–41)
Uptown (Columbia, 1941–1949)
Lionel Hampton/Gene Krupa (Forlane, 1949) with Don Fagerquist, Frank Rehak, Frank Rosolino, Roy Eldridge
The Exciting Gene Krupa (Enoch’s Music, 1953) with Charlie Shavers, Bill Harris, Willie Smith, BenWebster, Teddy Wilson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Israel Crosby
Krupa and Rich (Verve, 1955) with Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Buddy Rich
Gene Krupa Big Band: Drummer Man featuring Anita O’Day & Roy Eldridge (Verve, 1956)
Gene Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements (Verve, 1959)
Burnin’ Beat: Gene Krupa – Buddy Rich (Verve, 1962)
The Great New Gene Krupa Quartet featuring Charlie Ventura (Verve, 1964)
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