HB Carl Palmer

I love it when I can celebrate a musician's birthday. Especially when they are still on this planet. So this is a very Happy Birthday to Emerson, Lake and Palmer drummer extraordinaire Carl Palmer. I'm a few hours early on it where I am but he's well into it as he's probably on the other side of the pond.

It is the first time this photograph has seen the light of day. Hope you, and Carl, like it.

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CARL PALMER
3/20/50

I chose this video because it's just Carl, banging the drums...for 7 minutes and 30 seconds. Oh, and also because around the 3 minute mark he dons his birthday suit. You're welcome, ladies.

 
 

Bonzo's Birthday!

These drums are beating in rock'n'roll heaven today for John Bonham's 67th birthday. This is one of my favorite photographs in my book, Everybody I Shot Is Dead. No sticks required.

 
 

JOHN BONHAM
5/31/48 - 9/25/80

The Moby Dick drum solo (in three parts here) is crazy. I don't know how he could pull this off night after night. John Henry Bonham was an anomaly. I wish he was here.