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The Mick Jagger of the Swing Era, Gene Krupa drove the jitterbugs wild with his manic drumming, first with Benny Goodman and then leading his own band. Geoffrey Smith surveys an iconic career.

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Christmas Day 2016 00:00

Music Played

  • Gene Krupa and His Orchestra

    Skylark

    Singer: Anita O’Day. Performer: Roy Eldridge.
    • Gene Krupa Story.
    • Proper.
    • 20.
  • Gene Krupa and His Orchestra

    Let Me Off Uptown

    Singer: Anita O’Day. Performer: Roy Eldridge.
    • Gene Krupa Story.
    • Proper.
    • 14.
  • Gene Krupa

    Drummin' Man

    Singer: Anita O’Day. Performer: Roy Eldridge.
    • Compact Jazz: Gene Krupa.
    • 1.
  • Gene Krupa and His Orchestra

    Drum Boogie

    Singer: Irene Daye. Performer: Clint Neagley. Performer: Shorty Sherock.
    • Gene Krupa Story.
    • Proper.
    • 9.
  • Gene Krupa and His Orchestra

    Blue Rhythm Fantasy

    Performer: Sam Donahue. Performer: Sam Musiker.
    • Gene Krupa Story.
    • Proper.
    • 21.
  • Gene Krupa And His Swing Band

    I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music

    Performer: Roy Eldridge. Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry. Performer: Benny Goodman.
    • Gene Krupa Story.
    • Proper.
    • 1.
  • Gene Krupa and His Orchestra

    After You've Gone

    Performer: Roy Eldridge.
    • Gene Krupa Story.
    • Proper.
    • 16.
  • Gene Krupa and the Band That Swings With Strings

    Leave Us Leap

    Performer: Don Fagerquist. Performer: Charlie Ventura.
    • Gene Krupa Story.
    • Proper.
    • 5.
  • Gene Krupa and the Band That Swings With Strings

    What's This

    Performer: Buddy Stewart. Performer: Dave Lambert.
    • Gene Krupa Story.
    • Proper.
    • 6.
  • Gene Krupa Jazz Trio

    Dark Eyes

    Performer: Charlie Ventura. Performer: Teddy Napoleon.
    • Gene Krupa Story.
    • Proper.
    • 7.
  • Gene Krupa

    Disc Jockey Jump

    Performer: Phil Woods. Performer: Urbie Green. Performer: Al Cohn. Performer: Ernie Royal.
    • Compact Jazz: Gene Krupa.
    • VERVE.
    • 6.
  • Gene Krupa

    Gene's Solo Flight

    Performer: Gene Krupa.
    • Compact Jazz.
    • Verve.
    • 5.
  • Mound City Blue Blowers

    Hello Lola

    Performer: Gene Krupa. Performer: Coleman Hawkins. Performer: Red McKenzie. Performer: Pee Wee Russell. Performer: Glen Miller.
    • Coleman Hawkins 1927-1939.
    • BBC.
    • 2.
  • Gene Krupa and His Orchestra

    Rhythm Jam

    Performer: Sam Donohue. Performer: Dave Schultz.
    • Gene Krupa Story.
    • Proper.
    • 7.
  • Gene Krupa and His Orchestra

    Jeepers Creepers

    Performer: Leo Watson. Performer: Sam Donahue.
    • Gene Krupa Story.
    • Proper.
    • 10.

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