Essay:Earl Palmer

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Earl Palmer (October 25, 1924 - September 19, 2008) was one of Rock and Roll's all time great musicians. Session drummer Palmer played on some the genre's most endearing songs including: (and if you don't know ALL these songs, we need to talk, seriously)

Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price - 1952
Ain't that a Shame (and most others by Fats) - Fats Domino - 1955
I Hear you Knockin' - Smiley Lewis - 1955
Feel so Good - Shirley and Lee - 1955
Tutti-Frutti (and most others by LR) - Little Richard - 1956
Chicken Shack Boogie - Amos Milburn - 1956
Ooh-Wee Baby - Art Neville - 1956
You Send Me - Sam Cooke - 1957
Leavin it all Up to You (and the rest of D&D's stuff) - Don and Dewey - 1957
Little Bitty Pretty One - Thurston Harris - 1957
Buzz, Buzz, Buzz - Hollywood Flames - 1957
Be-Bop Baby (and more) Ricky Nelson - 1957
Bony Maronie - (and most songs by) Larry Williams- 1957
Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran - 1958
Rockin Robin - Bobby Day - 1957
Everybody Loves a Lover - Doris Day - 1957
Willie and the Hand Jive - Johnny Otis - 1957
La Bamba - Richie Valens - 1957
Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley - 1957
Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb - Ed Byrnes & Connie Stevens - 1959
Hippy Hippy Shake - Chan Romero - 1959
Book of Love - Bobby Bare - 1960
Dutchman's Gold - Walter Brennan - 1960
Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee - 1960 - #1 Hit
Love Walked In - Dinah Washington - 1960
Dance On Little Girl - Paul Anka - 1961
Turn Around, Look at Me - Glen Campbell - 1960
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby - Bobby Darin - 1961
Heaven is Being With You - Jackie DeShannon - 1961
(He's the ) Great Impostor - Fleetwoods
When I Fall in Love - Lettermen - 1961
A Dollar Down - Limelighters - 1961
Gene McDaniels - A Hundred Pounds of Clay - 1961
Above My Head - Lou Rawls - 1961
Hurt_ Timi Yuro - 1961
The Lonely Bull - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - 1962
Till there Was You - Anita Bryant - 1962 or 1959
I Can't Stop Lovin' You - Ray charles - 1962
Ramblin Rose - Nat King Cole - 1962
Ballad of Paladin (Have Gun, Will Travel) - Duane Eddy - 1962
Don't Ask Me To Be Friends - Every Brothers - 1962
Everybody's Twistin' - Frank Sinatra (hard to find) - 1962
Half a Man - Willie Nelson - 1962
Surf City - Jan and Dean - 1963 - #1 Hit
Rave On - Waylon Jennings - 1963
Deep Purple - Nino Tempo and April Stevens - 1963 - #1 Hit
Can't Get Used to Loosing You - Andy Williams - 1963
Please Let Me love You - Beefeaters, later the Byrds - 1963
You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling (and much of the rest of the RB song book)- Righteous Brothers - 1964 - #1 Hit
You Baby - Ronettes - 1964
Baby the Rain Must Fall - Glen Yarbrough - 1964
Please Let Me Wonder - Beach Boys - 1965
Theme from Payton Place - Stan Kenton - 1965
What Now My Love - Sonny & Cher - 1965
A Lover's Concerto - Supremes - 1965
River Deep, Mountain High - Ike and Tina Turner - 1966
Misty Roses - Tim Hardin - 1966
Niki Hoeky - P.J. Proby - 1966
Tapioca Tundra' - Monkees - 1967
Legend of Paul Revere - Paul Revere and the Raiders - 1967
World (Part 1) - James Brown - 1969
Constipation Blues (needs to be heard to be believed)

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - 1969

And the end of the 1960s seems like a good place to stop. This list will more or less (hard to get some of these tunes) make up the play list for next Thursday's OMAR's Dance Party - Live on KLDK. Not web cast, for those who might ask. Also not web cast for those who won't.

Palmer was inducted (or was it indicted ? Depends on what you think about those folks) into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 - the first year that session musicians were allowed this somewhat dubious distinction.

Christian fundamentalists, notable those who can up with the equation" Music + beat = Satan " were never big fans of Palmer or the music that he produced. From its very beginnings rock & roll was seen as being a challenge to the authority of America's (and probably Britain's and much of the rest of the world's) Elders. The music the Palmer played on was much of the reason for it. The banning of the playing and performing of R& B and R&R began almost as soon as the music hit the streets. [1]

It is this editor's intention to more fully explore the relationship between Earl Palmer's music and this web site. Care to join me?

Earl Palmer songs covered by the Beatles[edit]

  1. Long Tall Sally
  2. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey
  3. Bad Boy
  4. Dizzy Miss Lizzie
  5. Slow down
  6. Lucille
  7. Ooh my Soul

and a few more covered by the solo John Lennon

  1. Rip it up
  2. Ready Teddy
  3. Ain't that a shame
  4. Slippin' and slidin'
  5. Bony Morone

The world[edit]

will miss the man but the music will live on.

Notes[edit]