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Earl Palmer


1924

Earl C. Palmer is born in New Orleans.

1947

Earl Palmer joins Dave Bartholomew’s band on drums.

1949

Earl Palmer plays drums on Fats Domino’s debut hit, “The Fat Man,” a reported million seller that reached #2 on the R&B chart early in 1950.

1950

Earl Palmer is the first-call drummer on the New Orleans scene, recording with the likes of Little Richard, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew at Cosimo Matassa’s legendary J&M Studios.

1957

Relocating to Los Angeles, Earl Palmer becomes an A&R man at Aladdin Records and finds session work plentiful in the rock and roll, R&B and soundtrack fields.

1961

Earl Palmer records his solo album ‘Drumsville’ for the Liberty label, followed a year later by 'Percolator Twist.'

1968

Among other projects, Earl Palmer plays on albums by the Monkees, Taj Mahal, Roy Brown and Van Dyke Parks.

1972

In a typically prolific and varied year, Earl Palmer plays on albums by B.B. King, Randy Newman and Professor Longhair.

1999

‘Backbeat: Earl Palmer’s Story’, a biography of the drummer, is published by the Smithsonian Institution Press. A companion CD, Backbeat: The World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Drummer (Ace Records), collects 30 of the strongest tracks he played on.

2000

Earl Palmer is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner. Mike Leiber and Jerry Stoller are his presenters.

2008

Drummer Earl Palmer dies at his home in Banning, Calif., after a long illness. He was 83.

Earl Palmer