Saturday, September 20, 2008

He invented this sh*t

EARL PALMER came from New Orleans, like so many other innovative musicians, and it was his Crescent City background that contributed to his pioneering use of the BACK BEAT in his iconic drumming.
Palmer played drums on Fats Domino's "The Fat Man," Little Richards' "Tutti Frutti" and Richie Valens' "La Bamba," among many, many other classic songs.
Heck! He even played drums on the theme song for "The Flintstones!"
Palmer passed away Friday, age 84.
One of the greatest stories about Palmer surrounds his participation in the video shoot for the CRACKER song, "I Hate My Generation" (YouTube has it here).
Cracker leader (and ex-Camper Van Beethoven) founder David Lowery asked if Palmer could appear in a cameo role in the video, possibly drumming along with the modern rock song.
Could Palmer possibly drum along to the song?
"I INVENTED THIS SHIT," Palmer reportedly replied.
Indeed he did.


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