1927 to 1973
January 15, 1909 in Chicago
October 16, 1973
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Eugene Bertram Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was an American jazz and big band drummer, band leader, actor, and composer. Known for his highly energetic, flamboyant style and for his showmanship, Krupa was important for his musical contribution to jazz music and his influence extends to this day. His drum solo on "Sing, Sing, Sing" (1937) elevated the role of the drummer as a frequently used solo voice in the band, making him one of the first major percussive soloists. He is also known for defining the standard drum kit used today in collaboration with brands Slingerland and Zildjian.