Most Original Drum Solo
Mitch Mitchell on “Voodoo Chile” from Electric Ladyland (1968) by Jimi Hendrix Experience. Okay, lots of jazz drummers already used a free soloing approach, but when Mitchell did it here, rock drumming changed forever.
Solo That Didn’t Stand The Test Of Time
Ron Bushy on “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” from In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968) by Iron Butterfly. Considered a rite of passage for ’60s drummers, Bushy’s solo sounds simplistic and overwrought by today’s standards.
Most Influential Drum Solo
Gene Krupa on “Sing, Sing, Sing” from Sing, Sing, Sing (1935) by Benny Goodman. Where it all began. Between Krupa’s tribal tom work and his magnetic stage presence, the solo became every drummer’s showcase.
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