1919 to 1987
September 30, 1917 in Brooklyn
April 2, 1987
New York, New York, United States
Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 - April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" and was known for his virtuoso technique, power, groove, and speed. Early life: Rich was born in Manhattan to Jewish vaudevillians Bess (nÃ©e Skolnik) and Robert Rich. His talent for rhythm was first noted by his father, who saw that Buddy could keep a steady beat with spoons at the age of one. He began playing drums in vaudeville when he was 18 months old, billed as "Traps the Drum Wonder".