Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Drum Great Mel Taylor: The Ventures Japan 1966

Mel Taylor (1933-1996)  (is best remembered as the second drummer of surf instrumental pioneers, the Ventures.  Influenced by Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Louis Bellson, Taylor’s early career consisted of playing with Boris Pickett and Herb Alpert before replacing Howie Johnson in the Ventures.  The year was 1962 and Taylor would stay with the Ventures on and off for the next thirty years.  He passed away as a result of cancer on August 11, 1996.

Surf drumming has always been incredibly vigorous. Keith Moon or The Who started out as a surf drummer. Check out the phenomenal Mel Taylor, aka as "Mr. Dynamic" in Japan.



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