Let There Be Drums

Thanks to Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure, his radio show on Sirius-XM’s Deep Tracks, I heard a gem this morning. An instrumental that reached #7 on the Billboard charts in 1961, featuring the drum work of Sandy Nelson. I’m not sure how today’s modern drummers would judge the technical prowess of Nelson’s drumming on the song. All I can say is, for me, in the year 2009, a catchy rhythm is a catchy rhythm, regardless of the year. Turn it up LOUD and enjoy.

Sandy NelsonLet There Be Drums (mp3) – from The Very Best Of Sandy Nelson

Any other instrumental tunes that showcase the drums? Older or newer?

  • Tim in Sterling VA

    There was a UK big band leader named Ted Heath. Somewhere in the 40’s or 50’s he released a song called “Rhapsody for Drums”
    My dad hipped me to it when I was a young’n.
    In the “drum” section, what you’ll hear is members of the band putting down their regular instruments, and playing the “rhapsody”