Total: 275 guests
Record 275
Name: jeff hogue
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: so. cal.
Time: 1999-09-30 15:52:00
Comments: happy birthday BUDDY - one of a kind! i'll never forget what you gave us through those drums.

Record 274
Name: Anna Pecorino
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Referred by: Lycos
From: Texas
Time: 1999-09-30 01:15:00
Comments: Today would have been the BR's 82nd birthday! Bet he would still be cookin' if he were here!!!

Record 273
Name: rh
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: buffalo,ny
Time: 1999-09-29 20:56:00
Comments: BUDDY WAS THE ABSOLUTE GREATEST DRUMMER OF ALL TIME. You have drummers and you have Buddy. Buddy rightfully claimed his own caliber in drummer history. WE LOST A GENIUS AND A NATURAL BORN, UNMATCHED TALENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Record 272
Name: Jack Turchin
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Los Angeles Ca
Time: 1999-09-23 23:34:00
Comments: Just want to tell everyone to go out and also buy the cd called Rich and Famous. It was recorded i believe in March of 1986, and as someone just said, he played great till the end. This cd is short timewise but the 7 songs that are on it are really good and tasty, and there is even a small solo break in a few of them. Go check it out!

Record 271
Name: Walter Hern
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Francisco, CA
Time: 1999-09-23 20:26:00
Comments: Response to Robert regarding Buddy's double bass drum solo. Buddy performed two double bass drum solos in February, 1949, at the Paramount Theatre in New York, with the Eddie Condon Jazz All-Stars. At one performance, he performed it on the tune, "Old Man River." The other performance was on the tune, "Heat Wave." According to Doug Meriwether's book, both were recorded. I have heard "Old Man River" and it is pretty amazing. Buddy introduces the number with, "We're gonna do something a bit different tonight." He kicks off the band at a blistering tempo and when his solo comes, he first plays a very fast solo on his kit and them goes to the twin bass drums. In this part of the solo his feet pretty much do what his hands do -- triplets, patterns, etc. all while keeping the feeling of "Old Man River". Remember, BR was a competent tap dancer so it was no big deal for his feet to be fast!

Record 270
Name: Robert
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Referred by: From a Friend
From
Time: 1999-09-23 10:19:00
Comments: Hello. Thank you for offering a Buddy Rich site. I wonder if you or anyone else out there can answer a question for me. In Mel Torme's biography of Buddy, her mentions a "double bass drum gambit." Buddy performed a double bass drum only solo sometime in the late 1940's or 1950's. My question: is there a recording or film of this solo? If so, where might it be? Are there other recordings of Buddy on double bass drum? My thanks to anyone who can either answer these questions or give me some direction on finding the answers.

Record 269
Name: John
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From: Massachusetts
Time: 1999-09-23 00:52:00
Comments: Just received the Montreal Jazz Festival video and it is awesome! Would not have known about it were it not for Roger's web site - so thanks to Roger, Hudson Music and Cathy Rich for making this happen!! Been following Buddy since 1965 when my father brought home an album called "The Driver". Hard to say much about him that hasn't been said already, but the videos certainly allow a deeper appreciation of his work than audio recordings can. That left hand....

Record 268
Name: Walter Hern
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Francisco, CA
Time: 1999-09-22 20:57:00
Comments: Just received and listened to "Buddy Rich and His Big Band" recorded July, 1986 at Stadshalle Leonberg, Germany. Now this is just shy of eight months before Buddy left us. It is some of the most complex and powerful drumming I have heard him do. This includes a 21 minute plus version of "Good News" that Buddy just tears apart. The sheer power of his playing, the precision of each stroke, the complexity of his concept and speed are phenomenal. Yes, Buddy did get better with each day. Thank goodness, so much of his material is being re-issued on CD! I have personally identified at least 200 available CDs now on the market that either feature Buddy or have him playing as a sideman. Buddy was God's gift to the world of percussion to inspire and uplift all of us who play this instrument. There was only one Buddy and there will never be another like him in our lifetime!

Record 267
Name: RAY DUKE
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From
Time: 1999-09-22 18:43:00
Comments: BUDDY WAS THE WAS GREATEST DRUMMER ON THE PLANET!

Record 266
Name: Skin Slayer
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Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Dublin, Ireland
Time: 1999-09-21 13:15:00
Comments: Heaven on Earth is when you watch Buddy playing "Love For Sale" filmed by a cat who never moves the camera from Buddy. It starts fast. Buddy's left hand dances along through the choruses, and the excitement builds. You can't take your eyes off him. At last, we move into the final chorus. Buddy's left hand really takes a life of its own and the syncopation is just everywhere. Then the cats in the audience scream with excitement. The tempo is mad. Buddy's getting all worked up. Will he be able to make that single-stroke roll??? He knows that every drummer in the audience is glued to him. He has to be able to do it. Something that no one else in the world can do. And then it happens. Oh, man, the pure aggression! I sure wouldn't like to be that poor snare drum. Buddy is more that a match for that single-stroke. He slays it out. And he just continues to dance on the bass drum like he's gonna put it through the floor. You just made me cry again. Thanks Buddy!

Record 265
Name: NIKI DOLP
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From: AUSTRIA
Time: 1999-09-19 13:20:00
Comments: THIS SITE IS REALLY BEAUTIFUL!!! Hi i am niklas from austria and i am 14 years old. Buddy died in 1987 so i never saw him live, i am very sad about this but i am happy to have much cd s of him. he was and always is the best!!!! BUT WERE ARE THE SITES (LIKE THIS)OF ART BLAKEY;SHELLY MANNE; TONY WILLIAMS; PHILLY JOE JONES AND OTHER BEAUTIFUL DRUMMERS? PLEASE SEND THE ADRESSES TO niki@dolp.netwing.at!!! OR WRITE IT IN THIS GUESTBOOK!!!! THANK YOU A MILLION!!!! NICK

Record 264
Name: Simon Dolan
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Hemel Hempstead
Time: 1999-09-10 08:47:00
Comments: Great web site! I am only 27 and did not get to see Buddy live (apart from hearing him at Ronnie Scotts in 1971 inside my mother 8 months pregnant) !! My dad is a brilliant drummer influenced by the King and we both wish he was still alive today. Cheers.

Record 263
Name: Maury Gamache
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Philadelphia,PA
Time: 1999-09-08 03:02:00
Comments: During the time I was attending the Roy Knapp School of Percussion in Chicago I had the good fortune to hear Buddy playing with a broken arm in a theatre on the South side and I think it was in 1948. He played great .. No further remarks neccessary.

Record 262
Name: Steve Cortright
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: South Carolina
Time: 1999-09-04 21:46:00
Comments: I was glad to hear from Cathy that a video of Buddy's appearances on Johnny Carson is "in the works". I think if Cathy could assemble the Buddy Rich band and make a couple of CDs of his greatest hits , minus drums, would be a smash hit and a thrill for all of us wanna be's.

Record 261
Name: Drummin' Mo Fo
Website: The Drummin' Mo Fo's Web Page
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Where the wind begins.....
Time: 1999-09-03 23:42:00
Comments: This is an awsome site. I love it. Been here before, but gotta keep comin' back....

Record 260
Name: Gary Rich
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Paramus, NJ
Time: 1999-09-02 22:56:00
Comments: Thanks for the great site. To echo the comments of so many others, Buddy was a phenomenon the likes of which won't pass our way again. I had the good fortune of seeing Buddy and the band many times in the New York/New Jersey area in the '70s and '80s and never stopped being amazed at his incredible talent. Gary Rich

Record 259
Name: Roger Curtis
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From: Dayton, Ohio
Time: 1999-09-01 01:52:00
Comments: Roger, when are the new Buddy Rich tapes being released? Buddy seemed to have more power year after year. Always moving forward.

Record 258
Name: Steve Cortright
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: South Carolina
Time: 1999-08-26 01:49:00
Comments: I saw Buddy live about 8 times in south Fl. and Phila. He was the best. I have his Legends videos but would like to find more. I met Cathy at Buddy's gig in Boca Raton once. I wish she would approach Johnny Carson to authorize a video of Buddy's visits. It would be a smash hit.

Record 257
Name: Gary
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Whittier, CA
Time: 1999-08-23 23:10:00
Comments: Hi Buddy Rich Fans, Great to see Buddy remembered by many. I first heard Buddy in person in 1954 when he was with Harry James' Band. He played for us at Whittier High School. Blew me away! I forgot to even dance with the girl I took. AlI I could do was stand there with my mouth open and listen. I've been drumming myself for about 30 years and still love it. Thanks to Buddy Rich!

Record 256
Name: Skin Slayer
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Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Dublin, Ireland
Time: 1999-08-23 08:58:00
Comments: Mark below me here says it all. I'd like to repeat his message in 72 point, red, bold text, if the Guestbook would allow.

Record 255
Name: MARK
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Referred by: AOL
From: CHICAGO
Time: 1999-08-21 22:48:00
Comments: AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS THAT THE BURNING FOR BUDDY RECORDINGS ARE CRAP? HOW CAN ANYONE WANT TO LISTEN TO THESE LAME DRUMMERS, WITH THE EXCEPTIONS OF MORELLO AND SHAUGHNESSY, PLAY WITH BUDDYS BAND AND TRY TO PLAY HIS CHARTS? AFTER SEEING BUDDY PLAY WITH HIS BAND AS ONLY HE COULD, ITS A SHAME THAT PEOPLE THINK THAT THESE ARE GOOD RECORDS. THEY ARE CRAP. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO THIS JUNK WHEN YOU CAN JUST PULL OUT YOUR RECORDS OF THE MAN HIMSELF, LEADING HIS BAND LIKE THE GREATEST THAT HE ALWAYS WAS, AND WILL ALWAYS BE. MOST OF THE FOOLS ON THESE RECORDS ARE NOT JAZZ DRUMMERS, SO FOR THEM TO TRY AND PLAY BUDDYS CHARTS WITH HIS BAND, THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. I COULD GO ON AND ON, BUT REAL BUDDY FANS KNOW WHAT I MEAN. HE WAS A GENIUS, AND THE GREATEST, AND ONE OF A KIND.

Record 254
Name: Paul Wilkinson
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: England
Time: 1999-08-21 22:00:00
Comments: 21/8/99 I have just connected to the Internet for the first time. I first saw Buddy live in 1967 and never missed a tour. I have all the programmes and memorabilia including a set of drumsticks, I believe I have a very valuable recording from a BBC broadcast which includes a brilliant solo from West Side Story you will be hearing from me again I am sure

Record 253
Name: Robin Biggs
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Tonna Neath Swansea UK
Time: 1999-08-21 00:07:00
Comments: My Hero, Saw him in the UK many times - amazing!!! The excitement was unbelieveable even in the later years. I had the good fortune to shake the masters hand a moment I will always remember. Thanks from a devoted fan My best wishes to Cathy, Robin

Record 252
Name: Al
Website: None
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Tucson, AZ
Time: 1999-08-19 08:55:00
Comments: Hi Roger. Seeing the Gene Krupa story was done on screen in the 50's, it is high time for the greatest drummer that ever lived to have an honest portrayal of Buddy Rich. At the risk of sounding arrogant, I elect myself for the role. I've been playing drums for over 40 years, and I have followed his career since the late 50's. An amusing ancedote, you may pass on to Cathy Rich, who I am trying to contact either by phone, letter or email. I was in school one day, when my music teacher, Mr. Warren, stepped out for a cup of coffee, leaving us to study charts. However, seeing the large Ludwig set up, I couldn't resist the urge to do my thing, in order to impress the young girl who played flute. Mr. Warren had to cut his break short because you could hear my solo down to the principle's office. Needless to say, Mr. Warren was highly irate . He asked "who the hell do you think you are, Gene Krupa?!!!" In which I replied, "hell no, Buddy Rich". He was so pissed off, that he threw a tippany mallette from across the room at my head. I caught the mallette in mid air and told him that my father, a Marine Captain at the the time, would come down and personally stomp his guts out. I had no problems after that. Roger, I thank you in advance for your assistance in contacting Cathy Rich, by phone, by computer email, or written correspondence. I need her assistance and authorization to produce this film. Thanks Kid! Sincerely, Al Crutchley 3715 E. 4th Street Tuscon, AZ 85716 (520) 795-0848 PS You have a great website on my Hero.

Record 251
Name: Rami
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: Lebanon
Time: 1999-08-17 10:51:00
Comments: A BIG fan of Buddy and a new drummer.Any advise on techniques etc...please e-mail me.

Record 250
Name: Jay Walker
Website
Referred by: AOL
From: Fairfax, Virginia
Time: 1999-08-16 05:14:00
Comments: I was trying to do some research on Mr. Rich to share with my marching percussion students. Our band is doing Channel One and it will be special for me. During my junior year of high school about 1970-71 Buddy and his band did a concert and workshop at Falls Church High School(Virginia). It was great ... what a memory as a young musican (Drummer). I have a story to share. During the workshop a member of the audience decided to leave. Buddy yelled at him and ask "where do you think your going?" The man responsed and said "he could hear this s*!t on the radio". The people in the hall were dumb founded. Not Buddy, he gave it right back and said get the #@#* out of here". During the later part of the clinic a smart ass asked him (Buddy) how he felt about matched grip vs traditional. Buddy said he did not see any difference and played back and forth with remarkable speed. I hope we will do him justice this fall playing Channel One Suite!

Record 249
Name: Pelle
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Time: 1999-08-12 15:09:00
Comments: Hi there Buddylovers! The best thing with Buddy was that he always tried new things on the drums and the rest of us tried to figured out how the hell he was doing. And if anyone thought they had come up with a new drumthing - Buddy had played it 20 years before and twice as fast. But Buddylovers - never forget that there was a human being behind the drums. It cant always had been easy to lead a big band through the years - nowadays 4 piece pop/rockbands cant even stay together for one year. Buddy was the best. Thats it, folks.

Record 248
Name: tony cappiello
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: seattle
Time: 1999-08-05 22:55:00
Comments: IF CATHY RICH EVER READS THESE COMMENTS I HAVE A REQUEST. ON THE NEXT MEMORIAL VIDEO HOW ABOUT GETTING SOME PAST BIG BAND DRUMMERS TO PLAY SUCH AS CHUCK FLORES,JAKE HANNA,DON LAMOND,BUTCH MILES WHILE THESE GUYS ARE STILL AROUND.THERE'S MORE BUT RIGHT NOW I CANT THINK OF THEM.THESE GUYS CERTAINLY HAVE CUT THEIR EYE TEETH WITH THE BIG BANDS IN THE 50'S AND 60'S.IT WOULD INTERESTING TO HEAR SOME BONAFIDE JAZZ PLAYERS BESIDES THE USUAL ROCK STAR KICK BUTT WITH BUDDYS BAND.

Record 247
Name: steve kiener
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: rochester,ny
Time: 1999-08-04 06:35:00
Comments: hey now, it's a little late but something needs to be said(in reference to #224), B.R. just got better and better like a good wine. i saw him plenty in the 70's & 80's and it was astonishing everytime, without a doubt. while a trumpeters "chops" may give out with time and age B.R.'s just got looser and grooved even more. i remember a gig in may of 1986 with the Rochester Philharmonic that was mindblowing!!! the whole orchestra stood in awe both nights and we got to hear Buddy play with a smaller group for part of the concert. it was a quintet with Greg Gisbert(tp), Steve Marcus(ts), Barry Kiener(piano) and Mike Boone on bass. a very cool hard boppin' quintet in the middle of a pops concert, shame it wasn't recorded professionally let alone reviewed in the newspaper. it was a wild weekend hearing Buddy and then running out to a club to hear Steve Gadd with the "Gadd Gang". a lot of drums for one weekend but nothing like hearing the absolute greatest drummers 2 nights in back to to back. like they say, "when it rains it pours". Buddy played great and set a precedent that is awesome. peace, steve kiener

Record 246
Name: Donna Earnheart
Website
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From
Time: 1999-08-03 02:01:00
Comments: I'm looking for information on Felix Arabia. He was a drummer in NYC back in the 50's. Any info you could email me would be appreciated.

Record 245
Name: Catherine F. White
Website
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From: Pennsylvania
Time: 1999-07-28 23:29:00
Comments: Love Your Site. I am a tremendous fan of Buddy Rich's style of drumming, music, and overall talent. Need more photos of Buddy in action!

Record 244
Name: Per Dyrnesli Kristensen
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: dk
Time: 1999-07-26 13:00:00
Comments: Hi Roger ! Jeg har lavet kopier af diverse web-steder, men hvilken adresse skal jeg sende dem til ??? Har du nogen som helst mulighed for at overspille CD-sættet "illusion" til casette for mig ??????? Kun når/hvis du skulle få tid.... det ville betyde enormt meget (jeg er extremt nysgerrig efter at høre dette album!!!!). Jeg har allerede spurgt Cathy Rich angående albummet, men hun siger det i forvejen er en "bootleg"-produktion, så det skader vel ingen at spille det over på casette!!!!!! tværtom.... Hilsen Per Dyrnesli Kristensen, Danmark mailto : dyrnesli@get2net.dk

Record 243
Name: Ken Dawson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New York
Time: 1999-07-26 00:13:00
Comments: Buddy just got faster and faster. Very nice tribute site.

Record 242
Name: Jonathan Boriss
Website
Referred by: Lycos
From: Columbus IN
Time: 1999-07-17 01:58:00
Comments: This is a excellent site. It's good to know that he won't be forgotten. Thank you. Keep it up!

Record 241
Name: ed shaughnessy
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From: calif.,usa
Time: 1999-07-16 03:01:00
Comments: Kudos on a great site to honor my old friend, Buddy.....mynick-name for him was: "OOAK" (one of a kind) that I had put on a birthday gift to him. I'm so pleased that so many younger drummers are aware of his unequaled gifts. I'm also pleased that a "duet/battle" we did on the Tonight Show in 1978 is coming out on video as a bonus with the Montreal Concert mentioned in your guestbook comments. Look for it, it's a lot of fun. Keep up the great work, Ed Shaughnessy (former Tonight Show drummer)

Record 240
Name: Per Dyrnesli Kristensen
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: København/Denmark
Time: 1999-07-13 09:30:00
Comments: Hi Roger!! If you`re interrested, I have copied many pages of the "B.R. study niche/ Big Ed". I will send them over if you`re interrested (free of charge off course!!!). I also have most of the "sun.goddard.edu"-pages, I believe you might be interrestrd in those too. Let me know if you do !! Thanks again for your wonderfull site, i check in once or twice every week - keep on, please !! Many regards Per / Denmark dyrnesli@get2net.dk

Record 239
Name: ROB CAMDEN
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: MIDLOTHIAN,VA
Time: 1999-07-13 02:31:00
Comments: BIG BUDDY RICH FAN FOR 35YEARS

Record 238
Name: Tom Eschenfelder
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Jose, CA
Time: 1999-07-10 02:21:00
Comments: What a great site! When I was young, my father would yell up the stairs to wake me up whenever Buddy was on Carson, and since then he's been a major influence on me. Thanks! I also remember seeing the band in the early 70s and seeing a young lady with Buddy, not realizing until later that it was Cathy: thanks for keeping the flame alive, Cathy.

Record 237
Name: Cathy Rich
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From
Time: 1999-07-10 01:42:00
Comments: To All Of Buddy's Fans, Please be advised that there are people on the internet selling illegal video compilations of Buddy. This is copyright violation and an infringement on all of us! I have spent years researching and finding clips of Buddy to put out for all of you. Please boycott all auction sites selling unauthorized video's, CD's, etc. of Buddy, and email me if you know or suspect ANYONE making bootleg copies of his work. I appreciate your help in this vey troublesome matter! Cathy

Record 236
Name: Corey Pithan
Website
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From: South Sioux City, Neb.
Time: 1999-07-07 00:55:00
Comments: I think this is a great tribute site, even Cathy gets involved, that's great. I would like to say thank you for the oppertunity to sign the guest book and to meet more BR fans. I've been a fan ever since I saw BR live back in 1979; I was only 4 at the time. I got to meet the great one and even show him what kind of chops I had. I wish I had a better memory of that night, thank goodness for cameras. BR was, and forever will be, the greatest swing drummer who ever lived, hands down!!! Thank you Traps for your talented inspiration.

Record 235
Name: Rich Maxson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: PA
Time: 1999-07-04 17:25:00
Comments: I really enjoyed your site and thought you might be interested in the ticket I have up for auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=126749430 all the best, Rich

Record 234
Name: Brad Kilpatrick
Website: My Site
Referred by: Net Search
From: Newfoundland, Canada
Time: 1999-07-01 02:47:00
Comments: First of all, this is a great site! Now - I have to get in on this debate. Trying to define Buddy's peak, as far as I am concerned is moronic. There was so much that was good! Listen to the TD days and it blows you away. Then in the '60's with the 'Mercy' record - that Channel One Suite solo is amazing! But even later- Buddy's Montreal Jazz Festival performance is the single most influential piece of percussive demonstration, EVER! It puts us all to shame -especially those who say he was slowing down. Listen to what he played on 'West Side Story' - soloing on the rims of the drums, by tapping the sticks together, and even hitting his head! I'm only 15, but Buddy is the ONLY drummer I consider worth listening to. All the guys out there today - Weckl, Gadd, etc... These are GREAT players, but who are they inspired by? Who do they learn from? The Master... Buddy was, is and will always remain the undisputed king of the drumset, and anyone who ever argues his talents - right up until the end, is ignorant and unenlightened. LISTEN TO IT!

Record 233
Name: Jeff
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New Hampshire
Time: 1999-06-30 11:11:00
Comments: Hey everyone! Great site! Keep up the GREAT work! You should be proud that Cathy came on... I'm very happy to see that you're keeping buddy alive in this spirit! You've done an excellent job in giving the man and his family the true honor and respect the so well deserve! I have various videos from tv,live, etc. If you would like some copies let me know! I do trade... Not sell! If anyone else would like to work out a trade email me for my list and please send yours! Thanks for having me! :) Keep up the GREAT work! Jeff

Record 232
Name: Paul King
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Baltimore Maryland
Time: 1999-06-28 21:53:00
Comments: This is the third time I have emailed you about photo's I have of Buddy and his band. As I said before I had the good fortune of hearing Buddy about 50 times in Schools Clubs outdoor concerts and the Famous Ballroom at the Left Bank Jazz Society.The Photos were taken by me abd as I said before you are welcome to them.

Record 231
Name: Bill Henderson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New York
Time: 1999-06-28 00:05:00
Comments: Well, I had to comment. Opinions can be based on knowledge or ignorance. Buddy got better and better right up to the end. It is so obvious. - Bill

Record 230
Name: Walter Hern
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Francisco, CA
Time: 1999-06-24 01:21:00
Comments: Thank you, Cathy Rich, for setting the record straight and if anyone knows, you do. Anytime I hear or read a comment that Buddy's playing deteriorated as he got older I just shake my head and realize that whoever said or wrote it does not know Buddy. Last night, I viewed a video of Buddy's last public performance, "Sentimental Swing - the Music of Tommy Dorsey." It was taped Jan. 15, 1987 and aired Jan. 26. Buddy drove the band as hard as he ever did and his solo on "Hawaiian War Chant" was definitely up to par and demonstrated his incredible speed, conceptuality, etc. In addition, last night, I also listened to the last recorded and released performance of his band from a Dec. 8, 1986 performance at Grendals Lair in Philadelphia, PA. If you think Buddy was losing anything, you should hear this performance. A 15 minute version of West Side Story with an amazing Buddy solo shows that Buddy was still lord and master of percussion. Buddy was the best there ever was and I doubt that there will ever be another. I don't even listen to other drummers anymore (and I am a fairly accomplished drummer) and after playing for nearly 40 years I still learn something new every time I listen to Buddy. Ray Boom Szymarek and Paul Dunne know what they are talking about. Skeptics need only to listen and I mean really listen and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Thank goodness there are so many recordings of Buddy to preserve this musical treasure.

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Name: Jack Turchin
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Los Angeles
Time: 1999-06-22 17:35:00
Comments: Im so glad Cathy Rich saw that mans comments and agreed with me. Cathy, when will you bring the Buddy Rich Memorial concerts to Los Angeles, so us Californians can have fun too??

Record 228
Name: Cathy Rich
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From
Time: 1999-06-22 17:05:00
Comments: This is for David, guest 224. First of all, let me state that while you are entitled to your opinion, you certainly are NOT entitled to comment on what Buddy would or would not have said about ANYTHING! While he would be laughing at the thought that people were on a computer debating whether his skills had eroded in his later years, which they certainly did NOT, he would be honored that those same people took the time to do so. I was in the wings night after night watching and listening for just that moment when he wouldn't be up to his usual standards, and believe me, until the day he died, IT NEVER HAPPENED!!! Keep listening, Cathy Rich

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Name: Paul Dunne
Website
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From: Dublin, Ireland
Time: 1999-06-22 14:41:00
Comments: I've signed this fantastic guestbook before (#202 & #205) so I won't hog the whole thing. I just want to say that I have to agree with Ray Boom Szymarek on Buddy Rich. He was the total drummer. There's been nothing new played since. He could do it all and more. And anything he didn't play isn't worth playing. It's not fair to make public comparisons for others to read, so I'm not going to give any opinion of one drummer versus another. The way I see it, Buddy Rich flew to the Moon and the rest of us are standing in the freezing rain waiting for the bus! That's just the way it is. No words, comparisons or superlatives can describe him. Just listen.

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Name: Bob Dorrington
Website
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From: England
Time: 1999-06-19 18:49:00
Comments: I saw Buddy live at Ronnie Scotts club in London , I believe in the 70s and maybe the 80s . I remember his daughter cathysang on one of the gigs.Buddy was advertised as the worlds greatest drummer, and when I saw and heard , he did he made those drums walk and talk (an old cliche I know) but its true.I have seen hundreads of drummers since, but theirs nobody in the same ball park.Buddy I wish you could have lived for ever.

Record 225
Name: Jack Turchin
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Los Angeles Ca
Time: 1999-06-17 17:36:00
Comments: Hey David!!!Talk about being , how did you put it?PUERILE??First you said it was not a good thing to comment about Buddy here , then you go and make a comment about his supposed eroding skilss near the end. Although he may not have been quite as fast as he was when he was twenty or even thirty, and who is but he still played the pants off of anyone half his age at the end as well.So does it really matter is he still at the age of 70 played like he was ummm,,in his forties or fifties? Is that any great shame? And if you do listen or watch some of his later performances , he still captured the brillance and speed like no one else could .So, there!!!!!!

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Name: David Renzi
Website: Swan + Logan Advertising
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Time: 1999-06-15 18:09:00
Comments: Congratulations on a site that would mostly meet the standards of the world's greatest drummer. I say ``mostly'' because I find these debates about who is and who isn't Buddy's biggest fan puerile; they detract from the overall professionalism of the site. If Buddy were alive he'd tell you to grow up. As far as this endless debate about Buddy's prime years, I can tell you they clearly were NOT his Artie Shaw days. This is not just one person's opinion; it was Buddy's as well. Refer to your volume one copy of the great video retrospective about his career from DCI. Referring to his playing in those years, he puts it this way: ``It wasn't good enough then, and it certainly isn't good enough now.'' Personally, I think his playing reached its pinnacle in the `60s, when he reformed his big band. I think his solo at the end of ``West Side Story'' on the ``Swingin' New Big Band'' album is the greatest of all his drum solos, and he still had the youthful vigor and snap that age and illness had sapped from him at the end. He may have been a more musical player at the end, but I think that was less a result of desire than of age. I know it isn't fair to compare a person against himself, but when I hear people saying he was playing as well as he ever had at the end of his life, I feel that I must. He clearly wasn't. Listen to the records and decide for yourself.

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Name: anna pecorino
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: texas
Time: 1999-06-15 05:16:00
Comments: Was it Buddy that said, "be on time, wear a clean shirt and swing your ass off"

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Name: Steve Swanson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Seattle, WA
Time: 1999-06-13 11:02:00
Comments: I played trumpet on Buddy's Band 80'-81'. Not only was I continually amazed at his stamina, energy and work ethic on stage, but his gift of comedic timing and compassion to those he saw fit to engage. True! His tirades are legendary and could sometimes be unpredictable and child-like. "Who the &&*# brought @#$% onions on THIS bus?!! Then, the next minute be totally relaxed and maybe at the next truck stop play frisbee with us. Bottom Line. Best at "what he did"! (I still laugh at the thought of the time Buddy made Andy Fusco (alto) get up and sing "Who Can I Turn To?") God Bless. Steve Swanson

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Name: erich metzger
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: vienna, austria
Time: 1999-06-04 06:09:00
Comments: buddy rich ist mein lieblingsdrummer. erich

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Name: Ray BOOM Szymarek, Jr.
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: White Oak, Pennsylvania
Time: 1999-06-01 18:27:00
Comments: BUDDY RICH When GOD made musicians he gave us Buddy Rich. Talk to drummers thru out the world and mention Buddys Name. PRECISION Drumming from the word go. Lets talk about styles and Jazz and Rock for all the new kids out there. BUDDY RICH could play any STYLE of music AND BUDDY RICH could make that style of MUSIC the greatest listening experience. I read the web page and I know a lot of new players think Buddy was from the SWING School.Let me tell you BUDDY could play anything out there YESTERDAY TOMORROW. Buddy Rich was the GREATEST DRUMMER EVER PERIOD. If we were to build a statue or monument for Buddy Rich it would always be reaching upwards taller than any building. BUDDY RICH just the name is the BEGINNING AND END OF ALL DRUMMING PERIOD> I can not be more emphatic than that. BOOM

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Name: jack turchin
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Los Angeles Ca
Time: 1999-05-31 09:03:00
Comments: I know this is a Buddy Site but does anyone know the condition of Buddys dear friend, Mel Torme. I know he had a stroke a few years ago. but ive heard nothing since. Thanks

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Name: DatsFunky
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: California
Time: 1999-05-29 08:05:00
Comments: All I have to say is "Hey Chief, won't you drive that beat..... NOW!"

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Name: Aaron Hammel
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Allentown, PA
Time: 1999-05-26 01:47:00
Comments: I am a drummer myself, and I have to say that Buddy Rich was, and will always be, my favorite drummer. I am 17 years old and I love Big Band/Jazz style music. I enjoy coming home after school and just popping in the many great CDs of Buddy, and just listening to them for hours. I would just like to say, "Thank you Buddy, wherever you are, for making the best music (drumming) out there."

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Name: andie
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Michigan
Time: 1999-05-24 15:56:00
Comments: I'm doing a report on Buddy Rich, if yu could send me any fun/cool info about him. please email me! thanx

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Name: steve kiener
Website
Referred by: From a Friend
From: rochester,n.y.usa
Time: 1999-05-17 23:55:00
Comments: i was very lucky to see B.R. quite a bit from about 1976 right on till 1986.i only wish that i really knew what i was witnessing.of course later on i realized, but how is a fifteen year old supposed to know? my big brother was one of buddy's favorite pianists in his later period big bands.buddy used to let me sit off to his side and be blown away by his relentless propulsion of the band.personally i always loved his brush work.for some odd reason people don't usually mention his quieter side.he was always great to hang out with and when he'd come to town we'd try to get together for dinner and some laughs.it's sad that in today's quote "jazz world" that there isn't great entertainers like B.R. anymore.well at least we have our wonderful memories to hang on to.keep on keepin on.peace,steve kiener

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Name: Marla Kleman
Website
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Duxbury, MA
Time: 1999-05-17 06:37:00
Comments: The happiest memories of my teenage years are of the many, many time I was able to hear Buddy and his band live - Brandy's Wharf in Philadelphia, Barney Google's in NYC, Playboy Club in Miami Beach...and the list goes on. Buddy was always kind and generous towards me and even played requests for me...sure made me feel like a special kid! To this day I am especially grateful for Buddy's exceptional taste in getting the finest composers and arrangers - I loved listening to his band as much as listening to Buddy. Last time I heard Buddy live was at a private party in Bel Air, CA in December of 1986. Buddy Rich sat in with the big band at his friend's home and played as skillfully and beautifully as ever. I cherish every time I had the good fortune to hear Buddy and his band live. Thanks for creating this wonderful tribute to a great man! Marla

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Name: FRANCESS THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: EAST LOS ANGELES, CA
Time: 1999-05-16 00:27:00
Comments: I CAN NOT SAY THIS ANY OTHER WAY OTHER THAN TO SAY; I LOVE YOUR FATHER CATHY. HE FOREVER CHANGED THIS LITTLE BARRIO GIRL'S LIFE FOR THE GOOD.GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THE LDG

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Name: GREGG POTTER
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: CHICAGO, IL U.S.A.
Time: 1999-05-15 07:28:00
Comments: I really like what you got here...really cool!!! Keep it up.....I like the bus tapes....you can bitch like he did when you were as good as he was!!!!! If they didn't like it, they could go back to their day jobs and play their wedding gigs on the weekends!!! As for the guy with the beard, Buddy should of kicked his ass just for looking like a goof! Oh yea, I see his career really took off....no jazz musician with a beard has happened since Chuck Mangione(1978), the" one hit wonder " who wished he was Maynard Ferguson. All right, I got to go.

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Name: Noel Connaghan
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Canada
Time: 1999-05-15 05:18:00
Comments: Hi, I'm not what you would call a real jazz enthusiast.It's been almost 20 years since I really listened to Jazz/Bigband seriously.Last night I was listening to early "Buddy Rich& his Orchestra" which included Prelude to a kiss,Kilimanjaro cookout,etc.I formed the opinion that these recordings were 2 fast but when I heard Buddy play drums I changed my opinion he really was that good.Thanks to Paul Dunne for telling me the date of Buddy's appearance at the Carlton in O'Connell St. Dublin, great night.For the "Time Being" I will get out "The Monster" LP and put away "Big Mac" Thanks for the opportunity to reminisce.

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Name: Elling Breunig
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Norway
Time: 1999-05-15 00:46:00
Comments: Who could ever be better than BR.

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Name: Andy Raynor
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Newark, England
Time: 1999-05-14 20:39:00
Comments: I'd appreciate some help. I recall my father had a Buddy record in the early seventies called (or quoting) "A Different Drummer" after a poem by Thoreau. I'd like to know what the album was and where I can get a copy, please - I've looked everywhere ! Thanks to all who reply. Andy.

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Name: Steve
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: California
Time: 1999-05-14 17:34:00
Comments: Buddy was the greatest. I read with envy the message from someone who has a friend who received a great gift...Buddy's ride cymbal. I 've been searching the stores for a cymbal that has that elusive ride/crash sound to no evail. do they make 'em like that anymore?? Does that lucky person want to sell that cymbal???

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Name: John La Barbera
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From
Time: 1999-05-07 12:09:00
Comments: Enjoyed reading everyone's comments about Buddy. As one who knew him for 19 years I can say with certainty BUDDY IS NOT GONE, HE'S JUST FIRED THE EARTH. JLB

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Name: Aaron Dyer
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Dallas TX
Time: 1999-05-04 04:00:00
Comments: What a wonderful site! Big band music from the 60's and 70's is my favorite period. I am 43 and remember being awed at Buddy's appearances on Johnny Carson in the 70's. A week ago I heard "Yah Gotta Try" from Europe 77 on the Denton jazz station (KNTU) and was totally blown away by it. Unfortunately when I used the "Buy this CD" link on your page I was unable to find it at the CDNow site. I was, however, thrilled to hear the clip of the coda. Thank you so much for making this available. How can I find this album? Regards, Aaron

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Name: Paul Dunne
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Dublin, Ireland
Time: 1999-04-30 10:38:00
Comments: 28th April 1999 is the eighth anniversary of the death of John Murray, NARD, the best jazz and rudimental drummer in Ireland ever. John owned The Dublin Drum Centre where he sold drums by day and taught drums by night. John was a brilliant character, always full of funny stories. To anyone who knew him, John's shop was the place to be. We drummers used to meet there to talk and try out things and show each other licks. John's idol was Buddy Rich. I know he would have loved this site. He told us all countless anecdotes about BR. He had photos and autographs of Buddy hanging in his shop, alongside his NARD certificate. Most of the Irish drummers of my generation are indebted to John Murray for exposing us to the masters, and for introducing us to the correct way to play rhythms and rudiments, and for teaching us to read drum music. I still have audios of John's superb drum clinics, where John mixed masterful playing with great humour. This is for you, John. I know you would have liked to add some story about BR here for us all to read.

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Name: Marc Siegel
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Simi Valley, CA
Time: 1999-04-27 05:27:00
Comments: Hi, I could talk about Buddy forever. He was apart of my growing up. My dad was an x drummer from N.Y. and I made a living playing until I was 30. I am now 46, but I digress. My fondest memories were going to Disneyland during the summer, when every weekend they would have the big bands at the Carnation Gardens Pavillion. Buddy would play at least 2 times during the summer. We were their every time. You could get so close buddy's sweat would hit you. It was incredible to be that close and see that incredible left hand.Nobody could drive a big band like Buddy. Buddy is an emotional subject for me. There is something undefinable about him.There are lots of great drummers past and present, but nobody could do what he did. Listening to him now as I did then brings tears to my eyes.Go figure. There are 2 video volumes of Buddy from DCI that I got for my dad. If you are not familiar with these, go get them.They are incredible. We both sat watching and remembering. Thanks for letting me go on about Buddy. Its been fun. I think I'll go listen to the New One.

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Name: Benjamin Coey
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: York, England
Time: 1999-04-26 17:19:00
Comments: Very nice homepage, cheers. I am very pleased to be the owner of the burning for buddy videos (DCI) volumes 1 and 2, it is a perfect accompliment to the CD. The only concern I have is this reference to volume two, I am aware that it has been recorded and produced yet I have never found a copy. Is there anybody out who knows where in England it is available, I feel cheated not to have access to it. I admit to being a huge Buddy fan and admire his technique, incredible speed and natural rhythm. But as a previous quest mentioned Buddy was a swing drummer and that was his forte, nobody has ever, and is unlikely to, ever touch him for speed and technique. However there are many drummers, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnte(?), for example who can create grooves that Buddy was not able to. It is not a question of saying that he would not have been able to, but he was 95% swing and this hindered his ability to convincingly perform 70's Jazz/Fusion, like the before mentioned masters. For all I know he might have hated that style and conciously not wanted to play in that style, but hey who knows. Cheers Buddy.

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Name: Paul Dunne
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Dublin, Ireland
Time: 1999-04-26 13:39:00
Comments: Hi Roger, You have a great site here, and your own playing is brill! Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm with us all. I've been playing, and now teaching drumming since 1969. I bought "Buddy and Soul" then, followed the next week by "Big Swing Face". Buddy first played in Dublin in the Carlton Cinema in 1974. He was with Teddy Wilson and one or two others, I don't remember who they were! While we were waiting to go in, Buddy walked past us in the queue, complete with movie camera, and went in. No big entrance. We couldn't believe how small and thin he was! The title of the show was "Ambassodors of Jazz". Lionel Hampton was billed, was ill and couldn't be there. I think Buddy felt he really had to make up for L's absence. He may as well have been the only one there! Did he play! Absolutely unbelievable! The concert went on for hours! About half way through, he said to the band: "You can all go off and do whatever the hell you were doing before we came on!" "I'm going to do a thing called DRUMS!" Well, there are no words to describe it. I didn't sleep for a week - really! He wasn't human. He played a version of the solo he played in London with Bobby Lamb & Ray Premru, Louie Bellson and Kenny Clare, in 1972, released as "Conversations". (I played it again only yesterday!) The difference was that the beginning press roll was played as sixteenths and not triplets. When the concert was over, I ran up behind the stage and got his autograph. And I lost it since!!! But I saw him in Dublin three more times at the National Concert Hall with his regular band ("some of those musicians had been with him since the day before!") And I got autographs and photographs on each occasion. I just thought I'd like to share that with anybody who's interested in reading it. Be true - learn the rudiments - keep swinging - don't just rely on a single stroke roll and fast bass drum.

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Name: Ryan marks
Website: the usg the coolist band in NJ
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: NJ
Time: 1999-04-20 16:13:00
Comments: your page is just what i was looking for i needid some info on buddy and i thought i wold never find it so thanx for your help

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Name: ian
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: australia
Time: 1999-04-12 03:49:00
Comments: I first saw Buddy play at Barnsley Town Hall, Yorkshire, England. Buddy had been in the press expressing his distain for the group who were occupying the number one position in the pop charts at the time,'Blondie'. At the start of second set Buddy asked the audience if they had any requests. As quick as a flash some wag shouts out, "Heart of Glass!",the title of the sorry effort masquerading as music. The audience cracked up as Buddy proceeded to inform the guy where he could stick his 'heart of glass'. A trivial tale perhaps but there aren't enough comments this site that relate to the wit and repartee of one of the 20th century's true genius's. My Jack Russell could probably pull out a well worn bit of vinyl bearing the name Buddy Rich if I mentioned the words 'world's greatest drummer' but who knows who it was that uttered the words (and a very good motto for life I might add),"Life's too short to date ugly women"? You've been a fabulous audience, thankyou and goodnight.

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Name: PAUL KILLION
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: BELLINGHAM, WASH.
Time: 1999-04-11 20:57:00
Comments: ALWAYS HAVE BEEN A BUDDY RICH FAN!!!

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Name: Joe Greco
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Boston, Ma.
Time: 1999-04-11 06:47:00
Comments: I have been a BR fan since 1966. In 1998 I sculptured a memorial bust of BUDDY one of which was sent to Marie Rich,BUDDY'S wife via the BUDDY RICH FAN CLUB . Should you or any other "BR" fan desire future information on this early 1980's bust of BUDDY-- please feel welcome to contact me at my email adress for any questions and limited production availability. I still find it hard to believe BODDY is gone and am thankful for the many times my friends and I got to expierence BUDDY'S drumming magic and sensative personhood . Your website keeps BUDDY'S vibes alive! Joe Greco greco@mediaone.net

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Name: gerry glass
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Ottawa
Time: 1999-04-10 20:07:00
Comments: I've been here before- I love BR's music- Do't forget not only was he the "world's greatest" he was the music director and conductor of his bands. But I'm really, really pissed off when some record producers pawn off some recordings as BR's when it is obvious he had nothing to do with them, especially some tracks on the 'No Jive" CD. I think this topic needs more open discussion. BR is the ' Micheal Angelo' Picaso, etc...' of Big Band and I don't like getting ripped-off with fakes- What say you? P.S. the Pacific Jazz CD's are great- all of BR's recordings should be produced by these guys.

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Name: takeshi
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: JAPAN
Time: 1999-04-07 05:40:00
Comments: Very nice home page! Iam also fun of buddy and I am amateur drummer want to be like Buddy.I like sounds of buddys cymbal.but he uses what? I know he uses Ziljan but K or? please teach me.

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Name: Greg McCaffrey
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Dundee in Scotland
Time: 1999-04-04 08:47:00
Comments: I love the site. I have never seen so many photographs of B.R. on one site. My great friend Ronnie Stephenson (one of the greatest big band drummers Britian has ever produced) was a friend of Buddy's and after a gig in ronnie Scott's in London Ronnie commented on the great ride cymbal Buddy was using...Buddy promptly give the cymbal to Ronnie saying he could get another. Ronnie still has the cymbal.

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Name: Ian Langeberg
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cloverdale,OR
Time: 1999-04-04 04:11:00
Comments: Boy, youve got an excellent Buddy Rich site, man! It was absolutely wonderful listening to those audio clips, especially those "Diga Diga Doo" versions played at break-neck speed. How can I get a hold of those Artie Shaw "Melody and Madness" recordings? I have "Live at Cafe Rouge/Hotel Lincoln" and I'm wearing it out! (Actually I've taped them). I'm always looking for Buddy Rich with Artie Shaw live recordings. Could you help me out here, you lucky dog?! Thanks again for such a wonderful website!

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Name: Ratboy
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New York City
Time: 1999-04-04 03:39:00
Comments: Very nice tribute page to the incomparible "Great One". Truely a legend on many levels. And as the years wear on, I'm certain that all of us will still be "Burning for Buddy"!!!!!

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Name: roger garza
Website: ROGER'S PAGE
Referred by: From a Friend
From: TRENTON TEXAS
Time: 1999-04-03 16:30:00
Comments: ROGER, CAN YOU GIVE ME THE LINK OF THE PICTURE OF ME ON DRUMS, I ANT TO ADD IT TO MY WEBPAGE BUT DON'T HAVE IT ONLINE...THANKS ROGER GARZAP.S. YOUR WEBPAGE IS GROWING AND LOOKING GOOD! KEEPUP THE GREAT WORK!

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Name: Deb
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Oregon
Time: 1999-04-02 23:03:00
Comments: Actually, I know very little about Buddy Rich, other than his incredible contribution to the world of music. I surfed in because I have a great secretary, Corey, who is a drummer and for whom Buddy is an idol. I was hoping to find a way to locate a special piece of memorabilia to gift to him. Any help would be appreciated.

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Name: ann
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From
Time: 1999-04-02 04:25:00
Comments: Today, April 2nd, marks the 12th anniversary of the BR's passing. Let us pause for a moment, in rememberance of the gentle giant.

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Name: Jack Lally
Website: W1FZN W1HDC
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Garland, Maine USA
Time: 1999-04-02 01:36:00
Comments: Another great visit to another great web site. As an old time drummer, age 74, I still say BR is the greatest of all time. My youngest son, age 30, is now doing the drumming for this family (and much faster hands than his old man ever had) and he also loves Buddy. I don't think we'll ever see a greater technician. Thanks for a great page. Regards, Jack

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Name: Dan
Website
Referred by: AOL
From: Tuscaloosa Al
Time: 1999-04-01 05:11:00
Comments: Roger, thank you for your letting us know of your updates and that the site is still kickin'. I'd like to know if Buddy's 'Greatest Hits' album from the Pacific Jazz days was ever put on CD. I was stupid enough to let someone borrow it back in my collegiate days and was never able to get it back....

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Name: Kory Walker
Website: Kory's music page
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: tucson, arizona
Time: 1999-03-31 06:57:00
Comments: Love the page!!!! Buddy was a man of passion, fiery, and fire on the drums. There will never be another Buddy Rich...I only wish I could have seen him play atleast once. Man what a left hand he had. Remarkable!!!

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Name: Walter Hern
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Francisco
Time: 1999-03-29 22:02:00
Comments: Roger, you are doing a great job with this site! Kudos to you. Hey! I have some decent black and whites that I took of Buddy in 1972 and am willing to share them on your page. Just tell me where to send copies to. Okay, I have to respond to Joe's comment. First of all, this is THE BUDDY RICH APPRECIATION site, not for other drummers. Couple of points. Jack DeJohnette is a great drummer. He is on the DCI Buddy Video and comments about Rich along with Roy Haynes, Steve Gadd and numerous others who are the successful and working drummers of today. They stand in awe of Buddy. Elvin Jones, a legend in his own right and certainly one of the most important influences in modern drumming was a good friend of Buddy's and considered him the greatest of the great. If you listen to Buddy in every musical context he played from Swing to Combo to Bop to contemporary... Buddy played it all and not only did he play it correctly but also better than anyone could. Listen to Buddy on "A Night At Birdland" sitting in with Art Blakey and performing "A Night In Tunisia". It is tremendous. Listen to "Buddy Rocks" the album with Lionel Hampton in which the first two songs performed are John Coltrane tunes and Buddy just flat out does it! Listen to "So What" the Miles tune on "The Buddy Rich Orchestra in Europe 1977 (just recently released on CD). The man had the gift unlike any other before or after him. If you really want to see how broad a spectrum his playing encompassed, check out the discography in the Doug Meriwether book, "Mister, I Am The Band". It is well over 300 pages and shows every recorded, broadcasted, filmed or videotaped performance Buddy did in his life. It is truly overwhelming and shows why Mr. Buddy Rich is and always will be the greatest. Check it out, Joe. You will be amazed.

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Name: Gene Santilli
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Aurora, Illinois
Time: 1999-03-28 18:37:00
Comments: I'm sure Joe feeels strongly about what he says, but I'll bet he never saw Buddy live. No matter, he was and still IS the greatest drummer ever!

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Name: jack
Website
Referred by: Clicked on a 'Guestbooks by GuestWorld' Button
From: Los Angeles
Time: 1999-03-28 17:32:00
Comments: HEY JOE! BUDDY WAS AND IS THE GREATEST DRUMMER ALL AROUND THAT HAS EVER LIVED. IM SURE IF YOU ASKED THOSE GUYS YOU MENTIONED THEY WOULD ALL AGREE THAT HE DID THINGS THAT NOBODY ELSE COULD ON THE DRUMS. SURE THEY ARE GREAT TOO, BUT..DONT EVEN START TO COMPARE THEM TO HIM..BUDDY WAS ONE IN A MILLION.

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Name: joe
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Virginia
Time: 1999-03-25 18:50:00
Comments: come on people, enough with this "greatest drummer" claim. buddy was in his own league with what he did with the drums (technique, speed, accuracy), but his "bag" was swing and the incredible solos he played. (that funk/jazz stuff he played in the '70's - are you kidding me?) other drummers since the 1940's have techniques and approaches to drumming that buddy couldn't shake a stick at. let's see: dejohnette, e. jones, t. williams to start. buddy was definitely ONE of the greatest.

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Name: Sebastian
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Argentina
Time: 1999-03-25 14:44:00
Comments: Congratulations from Argentina! Very nice page and photos of the greatest drummer that ever lived. Sebastian

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Name: Joe
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Virginia
Time: 1999-03-24 17:56:00
Comments: Looks like a nice site dedicated to a drummer with incredible abilities. He was one where you had to see him live to believe it!

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Name: John Bidwell
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New Jersey
Time: 1999-03-24 17:23:00
Comments: I met Buddy 3 times- He was one of the great wonders of the world. I really miss him.

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Name: Allan Jacobson
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Time: 1999-03-21 05:17:00
Comments: Buddy is still an inspiration! There are many outstanding players today but they do not play with the kind of excitement that Buddy played with. I am trying to find posters of Buddy for my studio and my home. Do you have any ideas?

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Name: Gene Santilli
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Aurora, Illinois
Time: 1999-03-19 14:33:00
Comments: Oh MAN!, what a drummer he was. I saw him a few times in my late teens while I was playing in my own Big Band jazz group. Still to this day I am in AWE of what that man could do with that left hand. My son is now playing drums and has "discovered" Buddy. We both sit and listen to my old 33's and smile from ear to ear. I never missed a performance on the Tonight Show. The phone would ring as each member of the group blew in a call to make sure I knew Buddy was on. I don't think my mom appreciated 15 separate phone calls at 10:30 p.m. on a school night. One question, does anyone out there know if there will be a Burning for Buddy volume III? The first two were great.

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Name: A. Garrett
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: SKANKorage, AlaSKA
Time: 1999-03-15 19:56:00
Comments: Buddy Rich is so AWSOME!!! There are few drummers that I actually listen to as"drum role-models"...... Buddy Rich is right at the top of the list though....right alone with Gene Krupa

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Name: A. Pecorino
Website
Referred by: From a Friend
From: texas
Time: 1999-03-14 06:40:00
Comments: It is just a little over 2 1/2 weeks (April 2) before the 12th anniversary of BR's death. I still miss him!

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Name: Don K
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Ohio
Time: 1999-03-13 23:48:00
Comments: I was lucky enough to see Buddy twice in the 70s. Once at Bowling Green and once in Toledo.

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Name: Pat D.
Website: Record Reviews
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New York
Time: 1999-03-13 20:48:00
Comments: I think the most inspiring thing about Mr. Rich is the fact that he was such an interesting drummer, that he kept me interested in the clips that I heard on this site. Now, I'm not saying that I consider Jazz or Big Band to be dull; its just not my cup of tea. Yet, I couldn't help but be drawn in by the melodicness [is that a word? ;-)] of his playing and the relevance he had for the song. Cool Website, too. However, I think some of the people who have signed the guestbook seriously underestimate some of the better drummers today. I know probably none of you here listen to 80's speed metal, but damn, those drummers can PLAY. And I'm not just talking about speed, these boys have done some very enjoyable drum fills/rolls within songs that I just love.... If your looking to expand your musical horizons, and have an open mind about different genres of music, check these drummers out: Charlie Benante- (Anthrax) "Among the Living" is probably the best album to hear Mr. Benante. Dave Lombardo- (Slayer [till 1990]) "Reign in Blood" is the band's classic, but "South of Heaven" and "Seasons in the Abyss" have the best drum work Paul Bostaph- (Slayer [after 1990]) Igor Cavalera- (Sepultura) No one has ever played heavier than Igor on 1992's "Arise". If you have a good stereo, its like listening to rolling thunder. Lars Ulrich- (Metallica) Normally, he doesn't play such interesting stuff, but all of 1988's ".....And Justice for All" is incredible. Dig that gated double-kick drum! If you don't have an open mind, steer clear. A lot of people may hate this music, but I love it, and the drummers are great. Again, great site, and I enjoyed learning about Buddy.

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Name: Nathan Segovia
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Monrovia Ca
Time: 1999-03-11 21:21:00
Comments: I am in awe after listening to a tape of 'Battle of The Bands' with the much loved B.R. I decided to do my Freshman Biography on Buddy so I am looking for material. I really need a timeline of his life though. Ill keep looking and hoping. Long lived the King.

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Name: Joe Norman
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA
Time: 1999-03-09 02:05:00
Comments: Great site Roger. I was just given the "legends of jazz, pt.2" video........I am in AWE of Buddy! The left hand!Just watching the left hand ....it's almost a religious experience. Alot of superlatives are tossed about concerning Buddy. The one that I think is most appropriate is.....there will NEVER be anyone who can do what he could do on a drum kit!

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Name: Justin Iadonisi
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Port St. Lucie, FL
Time: 1999-03-07 02:38:00
Comments: An excellent tribute to a worthy artist. Buddy will not be forgotten.

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Name: Joe Ouellette
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: NH
Time: 1999-03-07 01:57:00
Comments: I"m a drummer. 39/m. I saw buddy live 6 times. One of my favorite memories is when I saw Buddy in a "battle of the bands" against Maynard Fergusons band. Buddy always ruled the stage when he played but on this one night in particular he made me realize that I will never ever see anyone come close to the electricity that he generated. When he was done his solo my lip was bleeding because I was biting it as I watched his greatness--and Maynard Ferguson and his entire band had their jaws on the floor! Buddy will always be the best, his left hand alone will memorize drummers forever!!

Record 169
Name: Nadim
Website: Nadim's Jazz Station
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From
Time: 1999-03-05 02:53:00
Comments: Great site. I really like the transcriptions and sound clips.

Record 168
Name: Greg
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From
Time: 1999-03-04 01:44:00
Comments: EVEN THOUGH I WAS NEVER ALIVE TO SEE OR HEAR BUDDY RICH LIVE, THE MOVIES AND THE CDS ARE THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL! A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THAT THEY "THINK" BUDDY WAS THE GREATEST, BUT I KNOW THAT HE WAS AND IS! HE SPIRIT LIVES ON. STRAIGHT AHEAD! GREG

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Name: Ron G
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: Florida
Time: 1999-03-02 20:00:00
Comments: Yes indeed, he was by far the best of the best! He always had a different solo and it never sounded the same. A true superstar on the drums... Hats off to Buddy Rich!! Ron G

Record 166
Name: Victor Brannon
Website
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Kansas
Time: 1999-02-28 23:26:00
Comments: Dear Roger, Thanks for the site. I am also interested in your conversations with Buddy. -Victor

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Name: LEE SCHAEFFER
Website
Referred by: AOL
From: READING, PA. USA.
Time: 1999-02-28 16:37:00
Comments: JUST SPENT A WONDERFUL HALF HOUR OR SO HERE, THANKS ALOT! IT'S GREAT TO SEE ALL THIS INFORMATION AND ADMIRATION FOR A TRULY GIFTED MUSICIAN.

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Name: Ron Milone
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Potomac, MD
Time: 1999-02-27 20:01:00
Comments: Great Site, Rodger. Thank you very much. I've been a fan of Buddy's for a long time (and had the pleasure of meeting him in the early 70's). As I listen to the recent 'Burning for Buddy' releases, I am struck by the fact that even though all the drummers are tremendously talented, no one really 'kicks-it' quite the way Buddy used to. I can't really figure out why this is. Anyway, the very best of luck to you and keep up the good work.

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Name: Bill Henderson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New York
Time: 1999-02-25 23:38:00
Comments: Very Good!! I am happy to see this site on Buddy! Roger, did you ever specifically ask Buddy a particular "drumming" question concerning technique? Sincerely, Bill

Record 162
Name: rhythmking
Website
Referred by: Clicked on a 'Guestbooks by GuestWorld' Button
From: Los Angeles
Time: 1999-02-25 16:58:00
Comments: I watched the Grammys last night and low and behold, CDNOW ran a commercial with Buddy Rich in it..He appeared at the very beginning of it!I was wondering if anyone else saw it.They showed it three times in the three hours it was on.I applaud the sponsor for using him.It was great hearinghis name and actually seeing him for about two or three secounds on the commercial..

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Name: Roger Lindqvist
Website: none
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Sweden
Time: 1999-02-20 16:49:00
Comments: I saw Buddy in a concert in 1977 It was an unfogotton Evening!!!! Buddy Rulez!!!

Record 160
Name: Dave Ferris
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Kearney, Nebraska
Time: 1999-02-14 05:12:00
Comments: I have been searching for a Buddy Rich site and this is by far the best looking and most complete. Thank you for contributing to the memory of the greatest drummer that ever lived.

Record 159
Name: The Incredible Edible Jed
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: kennewick Washington
Time: 1999-02-13 04:58:00
Comments: I think that Buddy Rich was the greatest drummer ever. I have like a bunch of his cd's and stuff. I play the drums for my jazz band, eh. We just bought a brand new Yamaha beech custom drumset. It is the complete Budd Rich setup. 24" bass drum with 13", 16", and 18", toms. Equipped with a chrome 6" snare drum. It is phat, although I can't say that I play like Buddy. Man, he was good! He swung like no one else ever did. Tight!

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Name: Doug Meriwether
Website
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Baltimore MD USA
Time: 1999-02-12 16:28:00
Comments: Very nice site. Enjoyed the tour. Here are some comments I made on a site that sells my book and may interest the visitors to this site. As the author of "Mister, I Am The Band! Buddy Rich His Life And Travels", I want to thank everyone who has purchased the book, and for your many favorable comments. However, some issues have been raised, which need to be addressed. Prior to Mel (Torme) completing his manuscript on "Traps The Drum Wonder", we engaged in three very long telephone conversations to discuss his coverage of the drummer's career and material that had appeared in my earlier book on Buddy "We Don't Play Requests". At that time, my current treatise was in it's early stages, but from the onset of those talks, we agreed that our approaches to his life would be totally different. In developing the biographical section, only documented accounts and stories would be employed, avoiding the often told, those that were probably exaggerated, or pure fiction. Additionally, no "Mommy Dearest" concept was ever considered. Certainly I share the view that the book would have benefited from a larger photographic section. Unfortunately that expansion would have considerably raised production costs, as most publishers work on very tight budgets. Because of the continuing growth of the discography, it was our desire to have two regular sized hard cover volumes published. Again economics prevailed. Thank you, Doug Meriwether

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Name: indigo ranch
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: amsterdam
Time: 1999-02-10 14:57:00
Comments: buddy smoked alot of herb!!!!!!!!!!!!YEAH YEAH!

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Name: sissy spacek
Website
Referred by: Signing another Guestbook
From: delaware
Time: 1999-02-10 14:53:00
Comments: buddy was tight

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Name: Mike Nigro
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Philadelphia,Pa
Time: 1999-02-10 09:20:00
Comments: I am overjoyed to finally find a web site dedicated to "THE GREATEST DRUMMER WHO EVER DREW BREATH"'to borrow a quote from the late Gene Krupa.I'm sure that Mr. Rich touched every drummers life in one way or another.I have very fond memories of this great man that I'd like to share with you. I was very fortunate to have met Mr. Rich on 3 occasions!Once when I was 9 years old and just starting to play the drums,he was visiting his old friend Ellis Tollen in Philadelphia and I was intoduced to him by my drum teacher.IT WAS LIKE MEETING GOD!!!! The next time I met Buddy he taught me a great lesson.He had just played an incredible set and I went outside to get some air and try to figure out what I had just witnessed.He was standing in the doorway of his bus signing some autographs when he saw me throw my drumsticks away .He called me over and asked me why I had done that,to which I responded (I was 17 at the time)that I didn't want to play drums anymore after seeing him play the way he did after being in the hospital for open heart surgery just a month or so ago.In typical Buddy Rich fashion,he tapped me in the head and said"YOU GOT IT ALL WRONG KID"where by he closed the door of the bus. That was the best advice,I went home and hit my drum studies with a passion!!The last time I saw Buddy was when I was working at one of the casinos in Atlantic City,New Jersey. We talked for at least half an hour,and he let me stay back stage to watch his show.(He was opening for Sarah Vaughn)Afterwards he took a picture with me and gave me a pair of his drumsticks,which I will take to the grave with me.These are moments I will never forget.Thank you Buddy for the great drumming and for giving me the inspiration every single day to strive and be a better musician.There will never be another one like him in our lifetime.

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Name: Robert Marshall
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Indiana
Time: 1999-02-04 17:59:00
Comments: Good work Roger! Enjoyed all the audio and visual. I have to agree with John's post about Buddy. There is no doubt Buddy got better all the way till the end!!

Record 153
Name: Bob Bowlby
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From
Time: 1999-02-02 09:12:00
Comments: How did you get a copy of those pictures? Most of them were taken by me. I have all the negatives to the pic.s you have on the web site. I just recently got a scanner, and have scanned a bunch more shots from that tour. I played lead alto on the band for 4 years up until his death. Send me an e-mail some time . I have a ton of shots from different years, and would be happy to send some of them to you. Did you get these pic.s from Jay Craig???? Later, B.B.

Record 152
Name: deen collier
Website
Referred by: From a Friend
From: bowling green KY
Time: 1999-01-27 19:55:00
Comments: "BR" these two letters changed my drumming forever! very nice web site for a great drummer.

Record 151
Name: Joakim Landstrom!
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Sweden
Time: 1999-01-26 14:26:00
Comments: A werry werry god site!!! And Buddy Rich are a verry god drum player....he`s the best!!! I play drums!! Thats werry nice!!

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Name: John Dalton
Website
Referred by: Lycos
From: Toledo, Ohio
Time: 1999-01-26 00:43:00
Comments: Hello. I appreciate the web site. There is one problem. I disagree with this view about Buddy's prime. He got better all the way up to the end and that's a fact! I'm confused about what one is seeing or hearing to make them think otherwise. Anyway, thanks for the site. John

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Name: Robert Tagliabue
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Hawthorne, NJ
Time: 1999-01-25 03:38:00
Comments: I'm happy to have found this site. I'm also happy to see that someone has the brains to recgonize and keep alive this great talent. Please let me know of any new additions. Thanks, Roert

Record 148
Name: Dale Sharkey
Website
Referred by: AOL
From: O'Fallon, MO
Time: 1999-01-24 03:02:00
Comments: I'm trying to find the alleged "Buddy on the bus" incident. I've heard it's out on the internet, and can't find it. If you find it, send it the address to me. Thanks!

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Name: Bill Gaston
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Roselle, Il
Time: 1999-01-20 13:42:00
Comments: I have been a BR fan since I was a drummer in High School (class of '69). Buddy was and still is the greatest ever. I only regret I never saw him in person.

Record 146
Name: jon reich
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: live in Georgia
Time: 1999-01-18 22:05:00
Comments: Was lucky enough to see Buddy and hang out with him before the end. Looking for videos of Buddy from television shows and concerts that are not currnetly on the market. Glad to see there's still interest in the great one on the internet and that CDs are including previosly unissued tracks.

Record 145
Name: morrie
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: wisconsin
Time: 1999-01-15 02:35:00
Comments: IN THE LATE FORTIES I WAS A BIG BAND DRUMMER(972 ONE NIGHTERS)AND GREW UP WITH BUDDY MY NUMBER ONE IDOL. AFTER DECIDING THAT THE BIG BAND BUSINESS WAS NOT GOING TO LAST ANF WITH A WIFE TO SUPPORT I GOT INT THE REATAIL BUSINESS. MANY YEARS PAST AND I WAS STILL A RICH FAN. I WAS TRAAVELING FOR MY COMPANY AND FLYING HOME FROM CHICAGO TO MINNEAPOLIS ON A FRIDAY NIGHT. NORMALLY WE FLEW TORRIST CLASS BUT I WAS CATCHING AN EARLIER FLIGHT AND SWITCHED TO FIRST CLASS. SITTIN THERE IS SAY THIS GUY TWO ROWS AHEAD OF ME I THOUGHT I RECOGNISED HIM. HE LOOKED AT ME AS IF HE KNEW ME . WHEN WE LANDED AND WERE AT THE CAB AREA I HEARD HIM SAY PROM BALLROOM. I FINALLY WOKE UP ...IT WAS BUDDY RICH. MY WIFE AND I WENT LTO THE PROM BALLROM THAT NIGHT AND SAY THE WORLDS GREATEST DRUMMER!!!

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Name: Mario
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Crestwood, NY
Time: 1999-01-14 17:00:00
Comments: Just purchased over the internet the "1964 Live at the Holiday Ballroom in Chicago" CD with Buddy driving a swinging Harry James orchestra. A few of the songs have never been recorded before. Buddy has two 3 plus minute breaks that show him at his best. His solo on Two O'clock Jump is fantastic as usual but he also inserts some humor as attested by the audience reaction. This is a gasser.

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Name: Tom Relich
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Detroit
Time: 1999-01-14 06:25:00
Comments: Had the pleasure of meeting Buddy on my 16th birthday at the Pagota nightclub in 1970. My aunt & uncle knew I was a big fan of his already at 16 and arranged for me to get in to the nightclub. The icing on the cake was personally meeting and shaking his hand in the kitchen between sets. I can still see and hear it like it was yesterday.

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Name: na
Website: austintx.net
Referred by: Net Search
From: texas
Time: 1999-01-12 03:20:00
Comments: I met the BR many times and wrote this poem for him: In Memory of Buddy I never finished telling you how vibrant you are, Or, why you're magic, whats your spell, and Who made you a star. Whatever mysteries cloud your mind are there for me to see, Cuz, everything you do and say, becomes a part of me, How DARE I play your verbal games, how bold of me to try... I think I must be going mad, with A different Kind of High.. No one can put you in your place, for Your are everywhere... A Different Drummer, Deep inside, A different man is there...

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Name: Terry
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Ontario, Canada
Time: 1999-01-11 07:01:00
Comments: Am an avid Buddy Rich fan and a drummer myself. I've been playing for over 30 years. Was wondering if you can tell me where I could get a Buddy Rich calendar.

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Name: Mike James
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: Anchorage, Ak. (U.S)
Time: 1999-01-08 22:56:00
Comments: As one of the millions of drummers who has aspired to the lofty standards set by Buddy Rich, I wanted to thank you for contributing to the distribution of more information about this great man. Your site made me feel good!

Record 139
Name: Barry
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Dayton, OH
Time: 1999-01-06 03:57:00
Comments: 1. Great site. 2. If anyone is interested, I have a copy of a short story called "The Next Time I Meet Buddy Rich." It was written by Pamela Painter and is in two out-of-print works ("From Blues to Be-Bop: A Collection of Jazz Fiction" and "Getting To Know the Weather"). Anyway, the work is fiction but is based on Painter's actual encounters with Buddy (Painter's boyfriend at the time was a drummer, too). I met Painter and she highlighted all of the quotes in the story that actually came from Buddy. Painter told me that one time she saw Buddy play a 30-minute solo at a high school somewhere. Buddy had just gotten a new set and the band was on its way to New York, so Buddy decided to break in the set. Buddy just kept playing and playing and playing; Painter said that eventually the band walked off the stage during the half-hour solo. One band member told Painter he'd never seen Buddy play that long or that well. 3. My own Best Buddy Story: I saw him play Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, CT, in September (circa 1979). At the time, Lake Compounce was an old amusement park and had been closed for the summer; it was after Labor Day. Buddy often played there, and that night he lamented to the audience before the concert that he wouldn't get to ride the rollercoaster because the park was closed. Well, after the first set, the park owner grabbed the microphone and told Buddy that he phoned the rollercoaster operator, and he was opening up the coaster between sets. Buddy, the band and the audience could ride as many times as they wanted for free. So, we traipsed out to this old, wooden, rickety coaster -- probably 30 fans went outside with the band (we later found out most of the crowd thought it was a joke; they stayed inside because it was about 55 degrees). Anyway, Buddy sat next to Steve Marcus and they went around on that coaster about a dozen times. I got the courage to take the seat behind them for a few rides, watching Buddy's toupee barely staying on down the deep first dip and Marcus staring off into space as if nothing was happening. The coaster was throwing us around pretty good at high speed, and Buddy and Marcus kept riding around and around. When they finally decided to get off, they went to the bus quickly and then back to the bandstand. Instead of the usual 20-minute break, the band had been gone 40. The news went through the crowd, and you know what happens next -- Buddy and the band played the best second set I ever saw. It was wild. Thanks again for a great site.

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Name: Jesse R Petas
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: West Chester , Pennsylvania
Time: 1999-01-05 19:11:00
Comments: My son Jesse,14,has been playing drums for 2 years is a big fan of Buddy Rich. I believe that children should be exposed to "REAL" musicians at a very early age. This is where it counts the most. Not only will they grow up liking it......they will hear,learn,Think and do and play thier instrument with the correct flare in life. I already see it and hear it in my son. At 14 he's jammin with Buddy's records and other top notch music and can hang with anything i can dish out on the guitar.This is a GREAT,GREAT WEB SITE. I am forever thankful for having Buddy's Drumming and his Music in our lives. Teaching kids the right road when they are young makes all the difference in the world. Thank you, Jesse R. Petas

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Name: Cathy Rich
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From
Time: 1999-01-03 05:55:00
Comments: Thank you for helping to keep my father's memory alive. It makes me so happy to read the lovely messages that are in the guestbook.I sometimes forget how many lives Buddy touched. It's especially rewarding to see messages from kids who werent even alive when he passed away.I am proud to know that all the work we've done has paid off!!!! Fans can E-mail me at the above address. I look forward to hearing from you!!!

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Name: AL
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Massachusetts
Time: 1999-01-03 02:12:00
Comments: Great!!!I am a hugh fan. He was one of a kind, and is sadly missed.

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Name: NEIL CASTELLANO
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: NEW YORK
Time: 1998-12-29 15:30:00
Comments: I AM TRYING TO FIND A COPY OF 1979 NEWPORT JAZZFEST OF BUDDY RICH PERFORMANCE, ANYBODY PLEASE HELP IT HAS BEEN 6 MONTHS SEARCHING PLEASE EMAIL ME WITH ANY DIRECTION TO ANYONE WHO MAY BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THIS THNX

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Name: Niels Jørgen Steen
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From
Time: 1998-12-23 12:10:00
Comments: Hej, tak for sidst og for flasken, som jeg sad og delt (næsten)med Lotte i går aftes, God jul Niels Jørgen

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Name: James Hope
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Victoria, B.C
Time: 1998-12-23 08:03:00
Comments: I would just like to say it was very nice to see people not forgetting about Buddy Rich and although he might be dead now he's still with us.I'am 20 years old, and have been drumming since I was 3 years old. I've grown up listening to Buddy as my dads a drummer and has been listening, and studying buddy all his life aswell.I think drumming styles are great these days, but in buddy's time it seemed such a different style. It was like he treated the drums as a living thing and had a relationship with them. I think alot of drummers try there hardest to put all there emotions into drumming but in fact should be playing another instrument. thank you for the great pictures of buddy, and I think alot of drummers will greatly enjoy this website.

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Name: Walter Hern
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Northern California (Bay area)
Time: 1998-12-22 22:27:00
Comments: The first recordings I can recall hearing Buddy on were old '78's of Tommy Dorsey that my father had in his collection. In 1964, I finally got to see BR live at Disneyland with the Harry James Orchestra. It was truly a wonderful experience and I took some memorable photos of him soloing on "Caravan". After the show, I had my picture taken with BR sitting at his Rogers set with daughter Cathy (then 11) sitting on his lap. It is one of the few photos I've seen of Buddy genuinely smiling like a proud father. After that, I saw Buddy play live at least two dozen times up until 1972. Got to meet him on numerous occasions and his wife, Marie. He was always very gracious. I don't think you have to view his videos frame by frame to understand what he is doing. One has only to listen and it is all there. One of Buddy's greatest assets according to Count Basie was that he had the "biggest set of ears" in the business. He could hear everything that was going on with the band and just did the right thing -- everything. Buddy always said that his gift came from "the Man upstairs." His playing was truly inspired and he could not tell you analytically after a solo what he did. It was art in its greatest form. Records of Buddy show that he was literally at his peak every time he played. I have a video of his last taped performance, a PBS special on swing, that was done on January 26, 1987, three days before his stroke that eventually led to his passing. In this performance he plays well, sings and tapdances. His spirit was tremendous! Aside from his early recordings with Shaw, Dorsey and his own unit from "46 to '48 which are limited by the technology of that time, there are some phenomenal performances on Verve's JATP series from the 1950's. "Buddy Rich Explosion" is a 13 minute solo that shows the master drummer at his best. Others from that series include a very up tempo "Flyin' Home." In the late '60's, he and Louie Bellson recorded a live session in Japan that was released on Royal Roost, a subsidiary of Roulette. It was literally smoking and has some amazing Rich left hand work. On the video, "Buddy Rich, Jazz Legend, Parts 1 and 2, the cover of this album is visible on the wall behind Louis when he is commenting from his home. Around 1970, Rich and Bellson recorded another amazing drum album in England, joined by the superb English drummer, Kenny Clare. It is "Conversations, A Drum Spectacular" on Polydor. If you can find it, watch out -- it is blistering! These have not been released on CD, but check out some of the following re-releases: Art Tatum - The Trio: BR does some tasty bruxhwork with Art. Bird and Diz: a Charlie Parker album in which Buddy really lays it down in his own interpretation of bebop. Also great is "This One's For Basie." These releases lead me to believe that Verve will issue some of the other great BR albums one of these days. This appreciation page is excellent and gives all of us a place to pay homage to the greatest drummer who has ever been and probably ever will be. Keep it up. Love to hear from other fans.

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Name: Allen B. Jacobs
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Oceanside, CA
Time: 1998-12-22 02:32:00
Comments: Does anybody know if the RCA Buddy Rich albums 'Stick It' or 'A Different Drummer' were released on CD? There were some great songs on those albums I would like to hear again. I too am a great Buddy Rich fan. Still remember when I first saw him in 1968 in Springfield MA. Got a pair of his sticks as a memento. Got to hit his cymbal with it. (Only for a few seconds, and he wasn't around.) It sounded beautiful. I've got lots of photos I took of Buddy... some good, some bad. I also have a few bootlegged recordings I made at his concerts... mono, but I still enjoy them. I would love to trade photos with anyone who has some good shots, we could scan them into JPEGS and e-mail them. I guess I consider myself lucky to have seen him so many times (about 25 times). I remember once I had enough money to see him on Wed with a girlfriend, or on Wed and Thur by myself. Guess what I did! Buddy WILL be missed. Al 'baby' J

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Name: g. glass
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From
Time: 1998-12-15 20:02:00
Comments: check out www.borders.com for BR recordings

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Name: Michel R. Lupo
Website
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Elmont, N.Y. 11003
Time: 1998-12-15 16:49:00
Comments: I love Buddy. He will always be the BEST.He will always be in MY HEART! He was the reason I started to play the drums! GOD BLESS! Michel R. Lupo 30 Norfolk Drive East Elmont, N.Y. 11003

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Name: g.glass
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: ottawa,canada
Time: 1998-12-15 15:30:00
Comments: good work

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Name: Biscuit
Website
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Seattle
Time: 1998-12-11 04:56:00
Comments: I love your site. It has everything you could want about Buddy, solo, pics, everything. Thanks a lot for uniting us Buddy fans together

Record 126
Name: Jan Åke Larsson
Website: Just another great Trumpetplayer
Referred by: AOL
From: Sandvägen i Genarp
Time: 1998-12-09 23:50:00
Comments: AOL heter det inte ÅL

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Name: Reb Bilinski
Website
Referred by: From a Friend
From
Time: 1998-12-08 01:34:00
Comments: Very nice site. I have many fond memories of live Buddy concerts from 1968 to the end. If there are any other fans who trade video of the Master, please write. I am specifically seeking the Mike Douglas shows where he co hosted. Keep up the great work on your site. Reb

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Name: Max
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Roma
Time: 1998-12-07 12:59:00
Comments: Thanks for this great site about Buddy. The only thing i can say is the following: every time i listen to the solo in West Side from the Chez, I start crying. What else can i add more ? Thanks Buddy, we are sorry U left U ! we really are.

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Name: Dave Bouffard
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Seattle
Time: 1998-12-06 20:31:00
Comments: I have been a Buddy Rich fan for about 25yrs now. I still become mezmorized when I listen to some of his really intense solos. Can anyone tell me where I can get some video's of him playing such solos?

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Name: Micky
Website: Micky Earnshaw's rhythm, drumming & music books
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: USA
Time: 1998-12-02 03:58:00
Comments: Thanks for a great site! This is the 2nd time I've signed your guestbook, and the 2nd time I've been impressed and grateful for all that you're doing for those of us who consider Buddy in a class by himself, with no runners-up. And thanks for the Sid Catlett solo. I've always loved his musical approach to soloing (and I still can't figure out how he plays some of the things that he plays).

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Name: Tom E. Gunn
Website: NA
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Diego, CA, USA
Time: 1998-12-01 23:02:00
Comments: You guys are all lucky! I never got the chance to see Buddy. By the time I got into drumming, he had already passed on. The only time I "saw" him was when my mom would wake me up when I was a little kid and tell me "Tommy, Buddy Rich is on Johnny Carson!" I did however, purchase a great Buddy album when I was in the tenth grade. It was a used copy of "Big Swing Face: Live at the Chez." Great album! As a matter of fact, my cousin (16 years old), also a drummer, got it on CD last month! best, Tom E. Gunn

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Name: Bob Jones
Website: This Is Sonny Hill
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Philadelphia
Time: 1998-12-01 00:51:00
Comments: Hi Roger: Thanks for the email notice of the new stuff! I knew Phil Leshin for about 10 weeks in the late 50's, while the Buddy Band was working in Wildwood, NJ. He had Kenny Drew, Sonny Criss, Phil and a young trombone man from Ohio State, who was labeled the next Bobby Brookmeyer, never mind that one played slide and the other valve trombone. Ola was a young kid about my age at the time, and really the first time away from home. Ola met and became friendly with a young lady named Lee Oeschley, who had just broken up a short marriage. I would guess that Lee saw in Ola a new romance, but all Ola could think of was his wife with baby. However, he did spend a lot of time with Lee. Towards the end of their stay, Buddy came over to where Ola and I were sitting between sets and told him, something to the effect, "You had her the entire gig. Tonight she's mine!" Ola didn't like it, but he made himself scarce when Lee came into the club. I don't know if Buddy scored or not, but it was a pretty horsebleep thing to do. I also recall when Buddy got mad at Sonny Criss, and wouldn't introduce him with the rest of the group at the end of a set. Criss was furious, and Buddy gave him notice on the stand. It ended out on the sidewalk, with Buddy leaning up against his MG, arms crossed listen to Criss scream at him. Was Buddy a nice, kind and generous man? He treated me great, and there was nothing in it for him to do so, but I did get to see "the bus tape" side of him. Keep up the great work on your site. Buddy should be remembered. Big Ed Gerretson has completely dropped the ball, leaving his site to gather dust. Big Sid Cattlett was one of my all-time favorites. Bob Jones

Record 119
Name: Tom Cupp
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: USA
Time: 1998-11-27 17:23:00
Comments: Great website. Buddy certainly influenced the way many of us play today. He is greatly missed, even 11 years after his death. When will you have the other transcriptions ready to go?

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Name: Jack Turchin..AKA RHYTHMKING
Website
Referred by: Clicked on a 'Guestbooks by GuestWorld' Button
From: Los Angeles Ca
Time: 1998-11-23 06:35:00
Comments: The tapes im referring too are from 1984-1986...I was sent two videos of buddy within two years of his death...and he played his butt off..One was from a appearance at disneyland another was from South Viginia.a high school i believe and another was from a pbs concert from chicago.....These appearances and dates have been confirmed by the fact i saw them in the latest BR biography......and i am willing to trade LOL....E MAIL ME

Record 117
Name: peter chmielewski, and dad pete chimel
Website
Referred by: From a Friend
From: jacksonville and sarasota, fl
Time: 1998-11-21 03:12:00
Comments: pete and i are both drummers and have seen buddy many times and he was a force in our lives.

Record 116
Name: blake
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: St.Louis MO, home of Dave Weckl
Time: 1998-11-20 00:25:00
Comments: I was wondering where I could find recordings of the songs called Caravan and Brainwashed. I'd really appreciate it if you could tell me. thanks

Record 115
Name: nils vidar hansen
Website: non
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: norway
Time: 1998-11-19 17:13:00
Comments: I am a real jazz fan and a was just hoping that some body could help me too find the address too the record company where buddy rich recorded his music,can enybody help me pleas send it too this address.wwwanders nielsen@.2i.net

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Name: robert jerry akin
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: dover pa
Time: 1998-11-17 04:31:00
Comments: I met buddy years ago at a conert in pa. it was like meeting god.

Record 113
Name: rhythmking
Website
Referred by: Clicked on a 'Guestbooks by GuestWorld' Button
From: Los Angeles Ca
Time: 1998-11-16 06:14:00
Comments: I think whomever said Buddy wasnt playing like he was in his prime in 1986 ought to get a hold of some of his live concert tapes..I just saw one where..i believe it was recorded in early 1985..and ill tell ya...I cant imagine him playing any faster and cleaner..No Way..I too have all his recordings..Buddy once said..he thought he was playing better in his later life as opposed to his earlier days..I agree...He died still faster than any other drummer alive....ANd you can quote me on that....

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Name: TERRY WAYLAND
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: MORRISPLAINS NEW JERSEY
Time: 1998-11-15 04:33:00
Comments: GREAT WEB SITE. I HAVE ONE OF THE LARGEST BUDDY COLLECTIONS AROUND.INCLUDING VIDEO/AUDIO/RECORDS & PHOTOS.BUDDY WILL ALWAYS BE TOP IN MY BOOK.KNEW BUDDY FOR 35YRS.HAD A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM,MISS HIM DEARLY.

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Name: George LeGros
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: MADISON< WI USA
Time: 1998-11-13 06:06:00
Comments: My x wife was a makeup artist at WBKB Channel7 (ABC Chicago) After the taping of an Irv Kupcinet show she came out of the bldg walking towards the car with a little man (she was 5'11) trailing behind her. She said can we give him a ride. I nodded, he got in the back seat of my 70 Chevelle. Sitting next to our dirty laundry was a man named Buddy Rich. We drove him to one of the movie theaters downtown and he got out said thanks and walked away. Thats one of my brushes with greatness!

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Name: Mike
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: washington
Time: 1998-11-11 17:20:00
Comments: I saw Buddy eleven times in concert, and I still compulsively listen to the Pacific Jazz collection today. The greatest memories I have of my Father are the moments we spent sharing our love for the world's greatest drummer. To this day I haven't heard any band that can compare to the Swingin New Big Band of Buddy Rich.

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Name: John Toth
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Barrington Illinois
Time: 1998-11-11 03:44:00
Comments: I think your web page is great and if Buddy were here today, he would love it.

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Name: NANAJOY
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: sandusky,ohio u.s.a.
Time: 1998-11-11 01:35:00
Comments: WE LOVE BUDDY RICH AND WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE SEEN HIM IN PERSON TWICE IN SANDUSKY, OHIO. MY HUSBAND AND I MET HIM AND GOT TO SHAKE THOSE MAGNIFICANT HANDS. WE STILL LOOK AT HIS AUTO- GRAPHS. NANAJOY

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Name: joel
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: ohio
Time: 1998-11-10 13:36:00
Comments: I am possibly the biggest Buddy Rich fan in the world. Being that he is the greatest drummer of our century. Unfortunatly the pictures you have are from when he was old. You need some pictures of him in his prime (Mercy, Mercy, Mercy) This would greatly help you to see the intensity of this musician, you don't get that from pictures in 1986. Other than that it is pretty cool to see a web-site geared for Buddy...

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Name: Chris walmsley
Website: Starski online !!!
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: England
Time: 1998-11-07 10:52:00
Comments: Buddy Rich was the Greatest dummer of all time . This site serves his memory well !

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Name: Jimmy Mack
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Liverpool UK
Time: 1998-11-05 13:06:00
Comments: First time user of the net. Amazed to see so many entries about Buddy Rich. I had the pleasure of meeting him on his last UK tour (Southport Theatre). A sad loss, but the beat goes on.

Record 104
Name: colin thompson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: USA born England
Time: 1998-11-04 18:38:00
Comments: excellent job keep up the good work

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Name: Fritz
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: NYC
Time: 1998-11-04 05:48:00
Comments: Great page,Please write out more solos!!!!!!1

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Name: Tom Kelsey
Website: NA
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: San Diego, CA
Time: 1998-11-02 20:34:00
Comments: Great Page! I've been a BR fan since I was a little kid. My mom used to wake me up and say "Tommy, Buddy Rich is on Johnny Carson!" I would leap out of bed and check out the master. He was always funny and so irreverant to Johnny. But you could tell Carson loved and admired him for that bit of swagger. I've been playing drums for about 15 years, due in part to Mr. Rich. I play in a Nightclub band here in Southern California. We do 60s, 70s, 80s rock. I'm thirty years old and have passed the drumming flame onto my 16 year old cousin. He bought a BR record and plays it all the time. Keep up the good work. Tom Kelsey drummer

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Name: Mario Scolaro
Website
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Yonkers, NY
Time: 1998-11-01 23:45:00
Comments: Have been a fan of Buddy's since the Artie Shaw days. As Mel Torme said "There will never be another like him". The Jazz Legend VCR tapes -Parts I and II are a must for all fans of "The Great One".

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Name: Ronny Schreff
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: USA-Pennsylvania
Time: 1998-11-01 04:44:00
Comments: Thanks for a tribute to a great drummer (the best).

Record 99
Name: jonathan carlin
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: sioux city, Iowa
Time: 1998-10-31 03:21:00
Comments: I am 14 years old and I am a good drummer. People say I play like him and I think its true. Buddy Rich is my idol and there will be no other idol for me. I am planning to be a famous drummer and I hope I could end up like Buddy. He started out playing at a very young age and so did I. jonathan

Record 98
Name: mike green
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: oxford england
Time: 1998-10-30 21:31:00
Comments: I am a drummer myself, mainly dixieland jazz, so it was great to find all this on the great man himself. keep up the good work, many regards Mike.

Record 97
Name: John Watson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Newport Pagnell UK
Time: 1998-10-26 22:35:00
Comments: Roger - the site is improving all the time. Re my comments last time about 'At Sundown' - just heard the version I think you refer to with a very Krupaish Bass Drum/cymbal solo. The version I have is from a broadcast with a solo light years away from Krupa. Keep up the good work. Contact me if you want a copy of 'Dubary Was A Lady' (the film is lousy but it's great to see a 21 year old Buddy in colour!

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Name: Chuck Slate
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Newton N.J.
Time: 1998-10-26 05:14:00
Comments: Buddy was one of a kind to say the least. I produced a concert in 1984 with his band. I had wanted to meet him for years. Since my father is a wellknown drummer, I had always paid more attention to the the drums in a band. Without a good drummer you have no band. It was a great night and I talked with Buddy on and off all night. In 1970 I met Gene Krupa who had become a friend of our family. Knowing both Gene and Buddy were two of the wonderful highlights of my life.

Record 95
Name: Donald Gusott
Website: none
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Hazleton, PA.18201
Time: 1998-10-25 22:47:00
Comments: Love the man's music. Would like to find his CD or cassette of West Side Story.

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Name: Adam Silverman
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: md
Time: 1998-10-23 15:06:00
Comments: I think your'e pictures are wonderful, there aren't many sites I have seen that have really good pics of Buddy. Thanks for your devotion and time.

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Name: vincent daniels
Website: drums
Referred by: Net Search
From: lafayette,louisiana
Time: 1998-10-21 20:12:00
Comments: BUDDY WAS FROM THE PLANET "DRUMEST" AND WILL ALWAYS LAY THE LAW DOWN WHERE DRUMS ARE CONCERNED. THANKS FOR THE SITE. VINCENT DANIELS

Record 92
Name: Biscuit
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Seattle
Time: 1998-10-21 19:05:00
Comments: Hey, I think your website is cool. I'm a Buddy Rich fan also

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Name: Göran Svartling
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: norrkoping
Time: 1998-10-18 23:47:00
Comments: Mycket trevlig och upplysande . Har inte vi träffats? "Pliggen"?

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Name: chris
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: ENGLAND
Time: 1998-10-14 00:39:00
Comments: When buddy first came to the UK I went to his very first concert at the Fairfields Hall Croydon (Huge concert hall south of London. There were 68 people in the audience! Many of them were the cream of British drummers. we left the hall in a state of shock!; we had never seen anything like it. Thanks Buddy, you made all the difference.

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Name: Jesse R. Petas
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: U.S.A. W.CHESTER.PENNSYLVANIA
Time: 1998-10-13 20:37:00
Comments: MY SON IS 14 AND AN EXTREMELY GOOD DRUMMER FOR TAKING LESSONS ONLY 2 YEARS.HE HAS A VINTAGE SET OF CHROME FIBES IN PRISTINE CONDITION AND HE PLAYS LEFT HANDED.HE IS A BIG FAN OF BUDDY RICH,JOHN BONHAM,NEIL PERT AND MITCH MITCHELL AND AND I BELIEVE AT THE RATE HE IS PROGRESSING HE IS DESTINED TO BE EXCEPTIONAL TO SAY THE LEAST.HE ALLREADY HAS STUDIO AND LIVE PLAYING EXPERIENCE AND HIS "METER" IS LIKE A CLOCK. IF ANYONE IN IN HIS AGE RANGE NEEDS A FINE YOUNG DRUMMER PLEASE LET ME KNOW. HE IS SERIOUS ABOUT HIS MUSIC.

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Name: Bob Airzee
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: Colchester, England
Time: 1998-10-11 20:26:00
Comments: I'm a first-time surfer! It was great to find Buddy on the Net. I'm a drummer and Buddy is my constant inspiration! Keep up the good work!

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Name: Dana Peite
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Idaho, USA
Time: 1998-10-09 19:56:00
Comments: I remember seeing Buddy Rich on the Johnny Carson show as a kid and he raised the ceiling of what I thought drummers could do. I am currently in a drum solo competition and have been trying to get psyched up for it. I found this site and my heart is racing 100mph (don't know how much that is in Kilometer per hour). When I get behind the kit in a few days for the semi-finals of this drum competition, I will look up and say "Thanks Buddy!!!". Because Buddy lives on in the hearts of his admirerers and in pages like these. Great show!!!

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Name: Christian Albert
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Province of Quebec in Canada
Time: 1998-10-06 20:11:00
Comments: Great page and very interesting!!! The Tivoli big band is just great and what a great sound. I will try to find a CD here in Canada. I'm very intersted in big bands ans specially what is done in other countries. Just keep up the very good work.

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Name: Ray Szymarek
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: White Oak, Pa.
Time: 1998-09-24 03:42:00
Comments: Buddy Rich Fans. Anyone who has listened to Buddy and his Band has to admit that he had the sure dynamic way of backing up his soloists. Back in the great days of the Newport Jazz Festival Buddy and his Band appeared many many times. There was one time in particular that Buddy played a drum solo on an afternoon that was dedicated to Jazz Drummers. I believe Louis Bellson was there along with Max Roach and Elvin Jones and Art Blakely perhaps. But what I would love to hear is that drum solo that Buddy took. I read that Buddy admited that after Drum Solo he played things that he could not believe he played. To quote Buddy I pulled all the stops out and surprised myself. This has to be a drum solo to end all drum solos. Does anyone out there know of this solo and does anyone out there have a copy of it. Just to hear Buddy play is the ultimate in big band drumming. Once again just remember that there is not one single drummer out there who can even come close to Buddy Rich. The World Greatest deserves the highest recognition.

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Name: Thomas Larsson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Södra sandby
Time: 1998-09-23 20:21:00
Comments: Tack för en trevlig konsert med Amiralens storband.

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Name: brandon kauffman
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From
Time: 1998-09-22 01:27:00
Comments: i love buddy's playing and attitude twoards the drums and music

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Name: Micky Earnshaw
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Hawaii, USA
Time: 1998-09-18 08:13:00
Comments: Am the author of Hal Leonard's "The Essence of Rhythm" and have always felt that Buddy Rich was in class by himself, with no other drummer even close.

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Name: HANK QUAGENTI
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: PLAISTOW, NH
Time: 1998-09-15 03:19:00
Comments: Great site! I chased Buddy and his band around the New England area in the late 60's and 70's. Most often, I saw him perform at a club called Lennie's on the Turnpike; about 20 miles North of Boston. It was a small place, full of smoke. We were packed in like sardines, but the sound was unbelievable. The last time I saw him was in 1978, when he appeared with his own band, and a band led by Louis Bellson. Each band played a set, and then they played a number together! Also, each band had members who, at one time or another played in the other band. As an example, Don Menza was with the Bellson band, after being with Buddy previously. I have all of the original albums from 1966 on, and some 8-tracks, cassettes, and the few now available on CD. Would like to hear from anyone with similar experiences or collections. More than anything else that excited me besides Buddy's magic, was that current music (musicals, movies, Beatles tunes, etc) were heard for the first time with the big band sound. Sticks forever!

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Name: Michel Bernier
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Montreal, Canada
Time: 1998-09-15 01:15:00
Comments: Enjoyed the visit! Thank you for keeping his spirit alive!

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Name: Dan Wallar
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Wood Dale Illinios
Time: 1998-09-11 20:50:00
Comments: I grew up listening to Buudy Rich and remember seeing him live many times. What a thrill! Great page......Keep it going. Thanks!!

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Name: Vincent Nilsson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Malmø
Time: 1998-09-11 00:59:00
Comments: Tjenar! Fin sida!

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Name: brad bullard
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: orange county,CA
Time: 1998-09-08 07:31:00
Comments: Buddy was without a doubt the greatest drummer of all time. It's a great pleasure to find a place to share my sentiments with people who feel the same way. The man is missed, and I wish I could listen to him one more time. Thanks for setting up a living shrine to the best of the best.

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Name: Vince Hine
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Antonio Tx. USA
Time: 1998-09-05 02:46:00
Comments: COOL SIGHT!

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Name: Jeff Jansky
Website
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Smyrna, Tennessee, USA
Time: 1998-08-30 19:48:00
Comments: I am a pro trumpet player/former drummer. First saw Buddy in 1971. Saw him 3 other times since then. I collected all of his albums, learned trumpet lead lines and solos. Shook his hand in 1979. His hand was huge, but he had the most gentle grasp. I'll never forget that encounter. I own a grainy copy of bus tapes, now infamous, and am willing to trade/share.

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Name: Bob Zahner
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Atlanta area USA
Time: 1998-08-24 05:40:00
Comments: Just sent a short item in the other area

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Name: Ray Szymarek, Jr.
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: White Oak, Pennsylvania
Time: 1998-08-17 02:41:00
Comments: Hello Buddy Rich Fans. Here it is l998 and there is not one living drummer out there who can play one tenth of what Buddy Rich did night after night with his big band. God Bless Buddy Rich. Now I especially loved the Buddy Rich Big Bands of l966 to l987 . Each and every drum solo of Buddy on West Side Story and Channel One Suite was a masterpiece. I hear thes guys say if you heard one Rich drum solo you heard them all. Obviously these guys are not listening intently. I am interested in hearing any live audio cassetes of Buddys Band from l966 to l987. I loved the man still do. Just to hear a Buddy Rich drum solo has to be the most thrilling experience. His Bands were always dynamic, how could they be less than excellent they were propelled by the greatest drummer that ever lived. Any Buddy Rich fans out there who would like exchange drum solos. Let me know.

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Name: Phil Leshin
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New York
Time: 1998-08-13 04:16:00
Comments: How about some more fotos?

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Name: chris rockemer
Website: da waste of time
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Australia
Time: 1998-08-12 03:44:00
Comments: Please update your picture quality, buy a better scanner, or for christ sake buy a beter digital camera. PLEASE. Otherwise, excellent site. Yours in drumming. Chris

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Name: Robby Staff
Website: -
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Australia
Time: 1998-08-12 03:37:00
Comments: Excellent page dedicated to the master. You have really done an extremely good piece of work.

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Name: Dave Loyer
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: St. Albans Vermont
Time: 1998-07-30 17:00:00
Comments: I enjoyed Roger's page to no end. The drummer's jokes and "MY buddy" page hit the spot.

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Name: Ray Szymarek Jr.
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: White Oak Pennsylvania
Time: 1998-07-29 05:34:00
Comments: Once again I have been told that Buddy did a solo called Tanned and Tanned Again. From what I was told that after Louis Bellosn had a tremendous hit with Skin Deep, with Ellington, Buddy decided to do a solo called Tanned and Tanned again. Does anyone out there have it? Now, I know that there has to be some videos out there of Buddy playing that are rare. Most of what I see are just repetition of what I have seen over and over again. I know Buddy played high schools and college thru out the USA. If anyone has a video of Buddy playing let me know. Also I love hearing good audios of Buddys Band on the road live.Just to listen to Buddy and especially to hear him solo is the greatest listening experience today tomorrow or forever. If anyone has any special tapes of Buddy that are collectors items I would love to hear from them.

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Name: Robert Gibson
Website: The Drummin' Mo Fos' Web Page
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Hawaii, USA
Time: 1998-07-27 13:35:00
Comments: Nice site. If you have the time, check out mine.

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Name: dan
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Tuscaloosa al usa
Time: 1998-07-27 04:08:00
Comments: Roger, great page. I'm 44; been playing since i was 13 and still to this day think that Buddy is the greatest. There's a drummer in florida named Dick Cully that I really like as well. Keep swinging man...... your band sounds great...REAL danceable!

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Name: Don Quackenbush
Website
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Beloit Wi. 20 miles N. of Rockford Ill.
Time: 1998-07-27 02:12:00
Comments: Enjoyed your pics very much. I had breakfast with B. one morning at a hotel the band was playing at. Walked him back to his room and heard the band rehearsing. they were rehearsing cause his nephew was playing guitar with the band. I believe his name is Joshua. I very sheepishly asked B. if I could rehearse w/the band cause I knew all the tunes, and B. says....."well....yeah go ahead kid...knock yourself out, just don't break anything. I gotta get some sleep. THis was 1973-74 and Buddy and Stan Kay would drive to all the gigs. Just another one of trillions of Buddy stories.. Trust me It was a blast playing those Slingerlands..I was so overwhelmed I bought my own BR set.Still have em. Anyway, I dig your sight, keep up the good work and keep the pics coming. Don Quackenbush

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Name: Joel M. Biedrzycki
Website: none
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Bedford, NH
Time: 1998-07-25 22:51:00
Comments: I am a long time drummer and I love and respect Buddy.

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Name: Jack Lally
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Garland, Maine USA
Time: 1998-07-20 01:50:00
Comments: Thanks for the great pix of the greatest drummer.

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Name: Jack Lally
Website: w1fzn/w1hdc
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Garland, Maine USA
Time: 1998-07-20 00:19:00
Comments: I am a retired 73 year old drummer and Merchant Marine Radio Officer. I first saw Buddy Rich when he sat in with the old Joe Marsala band at the Hickory House in New York City one Sunday afternoon in 1939. I was just a kid with my father who was a jazz fan. Buddy blew everyone off the bandstand that afternoon and I've been a fan of his ever since.

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Name: Joe M. Hayes
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: San Diego, CA
Time: 1998-07-05 19:34:00
CommentsThanks are in order for this fine site decicated to Buddy. In fact, many, many thanks. It's so important that we keep muscians like him out there, in front of the fans and especially the young kids coming up.Don't forget, gang, that Buddy not only had a big stage band, but was a fixture with Harry James into the late 1950's and beyond. James, Dorsey, etc., not a bad resume, but.......remember, that Buddy also played with Charlie Parker, Dizzy, and all the legends of Jazz At the Philharmonic in the 40's and 50's. So when you look for CD's with Buddy don't forget to check out the work of many of the all-time greats. Cats of a feather, flock together.The first time I met Buddy was in 1956 at the Hollywood Palladium with the Harry James band. A really great band that also featured the immortal Willie Smith, on alto, and Juan Tizol (of "Caravan" fame) on trombone. Everyone in the band signed my LP but I was told over and over by the band manager that Harry didn't give autographs. And, man, he didn't. Buddy heard this and gave the guy a big toothy smile and said to me "Give me that". He snatched by album jacked and took it backstage. He was back in a couple of minutes with Harry's signature on the back,"Sincerely, Harry James". I have it still.Over the years I saw Buddy many, many times all over the country, and he was always one of coolest musicians to approach. He came to recognize me and would stop to say hello and talk for a few minutes. So, whenever I spotted a young drummer in the crowd I would take them backstage to meet Buddy. He really dug that, and always gave them a set of his sticks. That's just the way he was. And by the way, a friend of mine who was on Stan Kenton's last band, played lead trumpet with Buddy in the early 80's and showed me some of his charts, one evening. He said, and I believe (as a trumpet player myself) that Buddy had the toughest book of all the modern stage bands. Ya gotta love Buddy Rich. HE WAS THE MAIN MAN.Thanks again

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Name: Richard
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New Jersey
Time: 1998-07-04 21:08:00
CommentsGreat site , Need more of them, Looking for a site for Gene Krupa can u help??

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Name: ROGER GARZA
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: ILLINOIS
Time: 1998-07-04 02:10:00
CommentsGREAT WEBSITE,AS A DRUMMER MYSELF, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF BUDDY RICH. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SEEIG BUDDY IN ST.LOUIS BEFORE HE DIED. I ALSO HAVE SOME GREAT PHOTOS OF BUDDY. THANKS, ROGER

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Name: rhythmking
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: los angeles
Time: 1998-06-23 16:54:00
Commentshey all..Just got finished reading the new Buddy Rich Bio by doug merriweather.. It is 400 pages,but half the book is a bio and the other half shows you every buddy gig he played..Its pretty cool, but i think i liked the mel torme book better.. it was more personal..but the newest book is definatly worth having....

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Name: Ray Szymarek
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: White Oak, Pa.
Time: 1998-06-23 00:10:00
CommentsOnce again I am asking any Buddy Rich Fan out there if they would like to exchange tapes of Buddys performances. What I especially want is long long extended drum solos of Buddy on Channel One Suite or West Side Story. I know there just has to be some one out there who digs Buddy and his band. I have all the vinyl records tapes and cds that have been issued and reisued over and over again. Dont get me wrong these are always great to hear but now I am searching for some one out there like me who has live performances of our Buddy and his band on the road. Each and every time Buddy played behind his set it was an experience . If there is anyone out there who has concerts of Buddy that feature at least one take of Channel One Suite or West Side as the concluding numbers that feature his dynamic drumming please contact me. Once a Buddy Rich fan always a Buddy Rich Fan. There is no drummer out there today who can play one tenth of what Buddy Rich did in eight bars. Case Closed. 

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Name: John k. Floros
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Athens-Greece
Time: 1998-06-12 20:34:00
CommentsVery good site! Congatulations.

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Name: Gene Lyle
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Lackawaxen PA
Time: 1998-05-31 01:20:00
Commentshi

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Name: Rory Carey
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Burbank, CA, USA
Time: 1998-05-26 05:32:00
CommentsWell, a couple weeks ago I posted a message about an event I participated in with Buddy Rich--hopefully finding the time to go over it--so hear it goes... Back in 1981, Buddy was asked to judge the 2nd annual Carmine Appice Ludwig Drum-off in L.A. As most of you know, Buddy rarely did these things but his daughter Kathy talked him into it. Her argument was partly based on the fact that later that evening Buddy was to perform at Disneyland, so why not tap into the thousands of younger types who'll be on hand at the contest for the purposes of exposing them to his unique style?! So he reluctantly gave in and sat through all the contestants in 100 degree heat outdoors in Griffith Park, and was asked to come up and join the other 10 drummers/judges for a drum-off. First Buddy "battled" with Carmine and then the others took off one after another on this immense stage. It was quite a scene to see the old master really strutting his stuff against these guys who where 20-30yrs his junior. He really let it all hang out that day and took no prisoners whatsoever. The crowd of mostly teenagers and 20-somethings had only seen Buddy on a Carson or two and were completely blown away during his half hour explosion. That night Buddy was particularly inspired and played to standing room only crowds at Disneyland--they had to move his show from the Plaza Gardens to Space Mountain's showcase to accommodate all the new converts who invaded the park. Buddy, The Master, showed all of us that a snare and bass,with a few toms added for color, are all you need to bring down the house--providing you have the technique to utilize them effectively. Needless to say, I sold my double bass set and have been using a four piece ever since. (Many of the "rockers" who judged and played along side Buddy that day decided to experiment as well.) As a sidebar, I was lucky enough to win that event that day and still cherish the back stage view I had when he took us all to school! God bless Buddy...He is still a living inspiration to all of us fortunate enough to have crossed his path... Rory Carey 

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Name: Don
Website: Don and Ginger
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Switzerland
Time: 1998-05-24 00:07:00
CommentsHej pa dig, jag heter Don och kommer fran ett sma stan i Schweiz. min svenska är inte perfect. om du vill, kan du surfe pa min hemsidan och skriver in i gästbooken. hälsningar fran en schweizare som alskar sverige. "Don"

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Name: Dennis Dennison
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: Phoenix, Arizona
Time: 1998-05-20 05:56:00
CommentsI am a Drummer who plays Buddy Rich Music-I am still trying to form a Big Band that will play Buddy's Music-I have a Big Band I play with but am unable to use exclusivly. Buddy's music needs to be played for all to hear!

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Name: Brian Cooper
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: England
Time: 1998-05-18 20:50:00
CommentsA fan of Buddy since he played with Tommy Dorsey back in the 40's The greatest drummer ever!

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Name: Rory Carey
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Burbank, CA, USA
Time: 1998-05-16 03:14:00
CommentsI'll have to tell you about the time Buddy judged a contest I was in...It was a riot!! Thanks--R/C

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Name: rhythmking
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: california
Time: 1998-04-27 08:00:00
Commentsthis is for ray..Hey Ray,, im a big fan of Buddy Rich and id like to talk to you about trading tapes and stuff like that..Please, if anyone has tapes or videos please e mai \l me..Thanks..

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Name: Ray Szymarek
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: White Oak, Pennsylvania
Time: 1998-04-26 17:34:00
CommentsIs there any Buddy Rich fans out there who would like to talk about Buddy? I love listening to his encredible drumming and am looking for fans to converse with fans who idolize Buddy and collect records tapes anything pertaining to Buddy. Let me know?

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Name: Seth
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Florida
Time: 1998-04-25 01:25:00
CommentsYou should be proud of your self. It's great to come to hear and the old jazz springing through the air keep it up. About the records I dont have any of buddy rich but I have many of nat king cole orignal and many of Mahlia Jackson. When I get a web site it going to be just like this one. I'll be shure to tell many jazz fans about your web site Thankfully Seth What@masterlinxinc.com

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Name: Ryan
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From
Time: 1998-04-18 03:40:00
Commentssorry about that email adress this is the correct one.

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Name: Ryan
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: TX
Time: 1998-04-18 03:37:00
CommentsI think that this page is great. Although rock/pop is my favorite type of music, good jazz and big band drummers can't be beat! Great page!

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Name: Ray Szymarek
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: White Oak, Pennsylvania
Time: 1998-04-17 04:24:00
CommentsRoger I think your page on Buddy Rich is ultra fantastic. I have a room in my house dedicated to Buddy called The Channel One Suite. Today we have no one to look up to. I have tried to understand Steve Gadd and Dave Weckl. I know all about them and yet why is it? There is nobody like our BUDDY. I would like to trade audios of Buddy with you? Would you like to share audios of Buddy/??? If you will Please send me your complete mailing adress and maybe with your co operation I can have you as a Buddy Rich pen pal. Pleae get back to me as soon as possible. Also I want to tell you how sincere I am when I say that drummers like you who found time to honor Buddy Rich are truly the gentleman of the percussion world present and future. A Sincere Buddy Rich Fan. Ray Please write back.

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Name: Bill Penn
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Reno Nevada USA via Washington DC
Time: 1998-04-12 07:33:00
CommentsGreat site! I only saw BR play live once-at an outdoor amphitheatre in Washington DC during the summer of 1970. He put on a tremendous performance. (I remember him "shooting" a moth that was flying around him--in perfect time, of course!) Has anyone transcribed his solo from West Side Story that was recorded at the RCA Hollywood studio October 10, 1966? This version was originally released on Pacific Jazz "Swingin' New Band." It also showed up on a Best of Buddy Rich collection released in 1969, and again on a new CD from Pacific Jazz released last year. Thanks for the transcription of Bugle Call Rag. I'm trying to teach myself how to play it. Again, great site! I'll stop in again soon!

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Name: larsa mjönes
Website: sims homepage
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: skåne
Time: 1998-04-11 20:50:00
Commentsdu verkar vara en cool kille med bra musik smak!!!!

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Name: Randy Coyne
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: Norman, Oklahoma
Time: 1998-04-10 05:07:00
CommentsThanks for putting this great material on the net.

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Name: bob black
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: Toronto, Canada
Time: 1998-04-08 03:19:00
CommentsThanks for developing the Buddy Rich web site. I've had the honour of seeing Buddy at the village gate in N.Y and here at Massey Hall in Toronto. It's a memory I will cherish to my grave. It's nice to know there's still some cats out there that love him too.

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Name: Charles Fleming
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Gainesville, Florida, USA
Time: 1998-04-07 03:21:00
CommentsJust wanted to say hello and congratulate you on an ambitious project.

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Name: jared robinson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: sumter SC
Time: 1998-03-22 18:22:00
Commentshi 

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Name: Bill Dean
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Beverly Hills, FL 34465
Time: 1998-03-20 23:56:00
CommentsI think the picture was taken at Miller's Pub. The man with Rich is probably the owner. I don't remember his name.

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Name: Stics21483
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Kentucky
Time: 1998-03-15 20:38:00
CommentsBuddy Rich was the best drummer that ever lived. PERIOD. Bar None. To see a page that gives him that pleases me. Great Job.

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Name: Mike Amato
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Cambridge MA, USA
Time: 1998-03-12 10:01:00
CommentsFound you on"the Rail. I am a jazz fan. Are you a re-placed American? Many jazz or toher musicians have relocated to Europe. But I guess you know that

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Name: Ryan Herzog
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Time: 1998-03-08 19:18:00
CommentsThis is a great site to appreciate the greatest drummer of all time. I was fortunate enough to see Buddy perform live 3 times. A truly amazing drummer, most definitely The MASTER. Keep up the good work.

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Name: Bill Lichtsinn
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Ft. Wayne In
Time: 1998-03-04 20:53:00
CommentsI love to see or hear anything related to Buddy. Saw him for the first time in 1978 at the Elmhurst jazz festival. I got to press his pants before the show (mom worked at a dry cleaners) and I was introduced to him and given a signed copy of class of 78 album. Still have album and newspaper clips of his death inside. Thank you for helping keep his spirit alive.

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Name: Ray Szymarek
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: White Oak, Pennsylvania
Time: 1998-03-04 01:39:00
CommentsI want to congratulate you on your wonderful tribute to the most phenominal drummer of all time Buddy Rich. You will automatically get sent to heaven. I collect audios and videos of Buddy. i am a serious collector. To this date I have not heard one drummer out there in this entire world who can even come close to Buddy Rich. A man like you will receive recognition for your sincere efforts in preserving the memory of Buddy. Only serious musicians realize what our Buddy Buddy has done for percussion. There is no reason why each and every performer of drumming should even waste time with Rock and Rap Drumming. Buddy Rich Drumming and Listening should be mandatory before anyone even attempts to spell the word DRUM. Can I be any more emphatic than that. Would you like to trade audios? Ray

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Name: jack turchin
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: california
Time: 1998-02-21 08:44:00
Commentsi am so glad that someone finally has a site worthy of Buddy Rich..I dont believe big eds site is up yet.. i cant find it anyway..Its great to hear the sound files..good quality..im hoping you can put more sounds and pictures real soon. i too have some rare video and audio tapes of buddy dating back to 1974..so if anyone is interested please e mail me..i will be glad to trade stuff..thanks again for the really good site..

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Name: Phil Leshin
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: New York
Time: 1998-02-18 14:39:00
CommentsKeep up the good work. I miss Buddy very much.

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Name: John Jaabaek
Website: Runner
Referred by: Net Search
From: Oslo, Norway
Time: 1998-02-13 01:42:00
CommentsThanks for bringing my favorite, Buddy Rich, on the net. I've linked your page from mine.

John


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Name: Bob Cardenas
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Seattle, Washington
Time: 1998-02-09 09:28:00
CommentsSome how (& to this day I still don't know how or why) but I had never even heard the name Buddy Rich until just before "Swinging New Big Band" album. I first saw him on TV on some variety show about to trade 8s with my then hero Krupa. I figured this Rich guy was just the house drummer being sent to slaughter. You should have seen my jaw drop when Buddy started in! I couldn't believe my eyes or ears and been hooked ever since. I have a lot of audio tape from the 60's - 70's tv appearances and my favorite is not his greatest solo, but what he did on the Tonight Show while soloing like crazy he suddenly stops, looks up at the audience & yells "WHATTA YOU ALL LOOKING AT!?" He STILL IS "The World's Greatest Drummer". Bob Cardenas

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Name: Michael de Man
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Holland
Time: 1998-02-02 19:07:00
CommentsBuddy is still the greatest!!!! I made pictures of his last concert in Holland (North Sea Jazz Festival). Maybe someone likes to trade these pictures for some other Buddy pictures. Please contact me on m.deman@tip.nl 

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Name: Peter Svensson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: SWEDEN
Time: 1998-01-28 20:46:00
CommentsBuddy was and still are still are the greatest !!!!!!!!!!!! If you that reads this are as crazy as I am about Buddy, drums & percussion please contact me! I'm working as a drumteacher. My complements to the maker of this site!!!

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Name: Frank D. Humes
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Titusville, PA 16354
Time: 1998-01-15 02:54:00
CommentsLove Buddy Rich

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Name: Dan Haines
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: alabama
Time: 1998-01-02 05:09:00
CommentsWonderful page! I still have yet to see or hear anyone with the mastery that Buddy had on the drums. Steve Smith,'Smitty',Billy Cobham, Vinnie......there's a ton of guys...Dennis Chambers...they all owe Buddy something. Anyone who hasn't read Mel Torme's bio on him should; it's a great insight into his life and remarkable talent. there's a drummer in south florida, Dick Cully, who put out a good instructional video for those interested in learning about his playing style. Keep swingin' and definately keep listening to Buddy!

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Name: steve turner
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: California
Time: 1997-12-22 17:23:00
CommentsI'm looking for the Buddy Rich ride cymbal. What did he use to get that great ride sound? What 's available today that will approximate that sound?

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Name: John Watson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: UK
Time: 1997-12-15 20:41:00
CommentsIt's great to find a site devoted to my idol, mentor and the best drummer ever bar non. You should check out the breaks in Shaws broadcast versions of 'Diga Diga Do' and 'At Sundown' No one but Rich could have thought of these let alone played them. Keep up the great work your doing. Young drummers MUST be made aware of Buddy.

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Name: bob jones
Website: This is Sonny Hill
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: Bensalem, PA USA
Time: 1997-12-14 23:46:00
CommentsRoger: The scans look good. I am happy to see them up. Good friend Big Ed has his site back up and running. Do you have anything done by you and your band that you can share? Where can I buy something? Thanks again for helping keep the Great One ALIVE! Bob Jones

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Name: Charles Braun
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From
Time: 1997-12-12 01:11:00
CommentsI run the International Buddy Rich Fan Club since 1984. For membership information write: PO Box 2014, Warminster, PA 18974 USA.

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Name: HVSpider
Website: High Voltage Chat
Referred by: NetSearch
From: Santa Clara
Time: 1997-12-08 18:11:00
CommentsCheck out  - High Voltage

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Name: Brad Carow
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: Los Angeles
Time: 1997-12-04 22:06:00
CommentsThank you for this site. I am a sax player in L.A., playing in various bands and working days as a film editor. I also have copies of some of the charts from Buddy's band, i.e. West Side Story, Channel One Suite, and many others. Do you have any charts from his band? If I have any that you would like maybe we could trade? Anyway, Thanks again. Brad

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Name: Karim
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From
Time: 1997-11-20 22:33:00
CommentsI'm doing a paper on "Most influencial people in jazz" and i need as many sound clips and video clips as i can find and i have only found a few good sound clips so far and no video clips. If ANYONE knows of any other buddy rich sites or links, PLEASE SEND THEM TO ME. Thank you. P.S. Let the legend live on!!!

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Name: Jon Reich
Website
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: United States/Georgia
Time: 1997-11-09 17:38:00
CommentsKeeping Buddy's name alive is important. People don't know what the're missing unlees the've seen Buddy live. I saw him over 50 times. Looking to trade videos of Buddy and other Big Bands. Was at the Tivoli Gardens in 1971, great gig. I saw the Mills Brothers there.

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Name: Bjorn Kåre Rambjor
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: NORWAY- just outside kristiansund
Time: 1997-11-05 00:02:00
CommentsI'm writing a buddy rich paper, and while I was surfing I came across your page. If you've got some buddy material or great links please send them to me. 

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Name: Michael Ward
Website
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: Atlanta,Ga/ USA
Time: 1997-09-10 11:02:00
Comments: Great Site!!

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Name: Per Dyrnesli Kristensen
Website: none
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Danmark
Time: 1997-08-02 21:13:00
Comments: thanks for your interesting BR page keep on the good work 

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Name: John La Barbera
Website: John La Barbera's Score Page
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky USA
Time: 1997-07-29 01:07:00
Comments: Always interested to see appreciation of my old friend. Wish you much success and enjoyment of Buddy's music. JLB

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Name: Louis Bernstein
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: usa
Time: 1997-07-19 01:26:00
Comments: keep up the great work

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Name: Björn Hängsel
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Sverige
Time: 1997-06-22 10:34:00
Comments: Trevlig sida

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Name: jens christiansen
Website: -
Referred by: Net Search
From: sweden {denmark}
Time: 1997-06-22 02:18:00
Comments: -

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Name: Wesley Dick
Website: Wes' Wonderful World
Referred by: From Geocities
From: Lacombe, La.
Time: 1997-06-10 13:40:00
Comments: Glad to see the memory of Buddy is being kept alive. He's been my favorite drummer since I first heard him back in the '40's. While Buddy could be a "showboat" drummer with all of the flash and flair associated with same, he was able to make himself "felt" rather than heard when it was appropriate. More drummers should follow his example. As a musician you might enjoy visiting my new home page which was put up primarily to make available a variety of songs to users of Band in a Box. If you're not familiar with this program you definitely should check it out. Wes 

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Name: Jeff Peterson
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Winter Park, Colorado USA
Time: 1997-06-08 19:29:00
Comments: Thanks for the great website. I've been listening to Buddy since I was six years old, starting with the Swingin New Big Band album. It's nice to see Pacific Jazz is re-releasing their Buddy catalogue.

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Name: Randy Lambert
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Milwaukie Oregon, USA
Time: 1997-05-27 02:05:00
Comments: Thanks for the nice site! Buddy will live on forever as long as there are people who appreciate genius and sheer joy in music! Long live the man benind those marine pearl drums! 

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Name: David Marchal
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: France
Time: 1997-05-25 15:47:00
Comments: Thanks a lot for the few information concerning one of the greatest drummer world ever had. Sincerely David

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Name: Stephen Heater
Website
Referred by: Net Search
From: TUXEDO PARK NEW YORK
Time: 1997-05-11 05:40:00
Comments: IAM GLAD TO SEE SO MUCH INFORMATION ON BUDDY RICH. HE WAS THE WORLDS GREATEST DRUMMER,AND I DOUBT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER LIKE HIM TO COME THIS WAY EVER.HE WAS MY INSPIRATION WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER.I WENT TO SEE BUDDY PLAY WHENEVER HE WAS IN THE NEW YORK AREA. I WILL VIST YOUR SITE OFTEN. THANKS FOR THE NICE WEB SITE. 

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Name: Camilla
Website: Camilla's Place
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: Sweden
Time: 1997-04-23 18:35:00
Comments: Good luck with your site! I'll be here if you need me :) I love you!

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Name: James Kidd
Website
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Melbourne, Florida
Time: 1997-04-19 06:56:00
Comments: Last saw BR at a concert at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.He will remain the greatest ever.

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Name: Cathy
Website: Cathy's Corner of Carolina
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: Calabash, NC USA
Time: 1997-04-18 00:33:00
Comments: Hey Chu... nah.. Hej Roger! I'll be nice... :) I see you lost me to Lpage... and since I don't know if I was 'the only' entry.. I figured I should put this in here again and save you from a download ... :)) You guys must be very busy... hardly a peep! But it's been more than 10 days since your last update... back to work!!!! Vi hors! 

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