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Earl Palmer's Collection

Earl Palmer, for those of you who might now know, was one of the most prolific "hit makers" in the recording business for decades. Earl's fabulous drumming graced the recordings of so many people that the list is insanely long, but we will include most of it here for you below. Earl was one of the innovators responsible for the beat that became rock n roll as demonstrated by his playing on "The Fat Man" by Fats Domino way back in 1949. And, as a member of the famed "Wrecking Crew" recording team of LA session greats he was a mainstay for incredible number of recordings attributed to this team from 1962 through 1968. Earl played on over 450 recording dates in 1967 alone.

I am very pleased to be assisting his widow Jeline by offering some instruments Earl owned and used. Many of these instruments are from the period during which Earl was most prolific, which is the 60s through the 70s. That 20 year span produced incredible amounts of his work. We also have some instruments from his later days as well. Earl continued to be a vibrant force in the industry well beyond that era and was performing actively up until his passing in 2008. 

When you purchase these instruments you become the caretaker of them for years to come. Use them and care for them and preserve them for the future since they are part of the drumming legacy we all love. And, find out more of what Earl was all about: Check out the recordings below and also check out Earl's biography titled: Backbeat: The Earl Palmer Story which was written by Tony Scherman and published in 1999.  

You can find the items we're listing by scrolling all the way down past the discography and past the list that shows songs he played on and how they charted.

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As leader

As sideman


Film scores

Palmer was the session drummer for a number of film scores, including:[5]


Judgement at Nuremberg, score by Ernest Gold


Hud, score by Elmer Bernstein
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, score by Ernest Gold


Baby the Rain Must Fall, score by Elmer Bernstein
Ride the Wild Surf score by Stu Phillips
Robin and the Seven Hoods, score by Nelson Riddle


Boeing Boeing, score by Neal Hefti
Harlow, score by Neal Hefti
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, score by Les Baxter
A Patch of Blue, score by Jerry Goldsmith


Pretty Polly, score by Michel Legrand
Cool Hand Luke, score by Lalo Schifrin
In the Heat of the Night, score by Quincy Jones


A Dandy in Aspic, score by Quincy Jones

Television scores

Palmer was also the session drummer for a number of television show themes and soundtracks, including:[5]

Charting and significant songs

Artist Song title Highest position on US charts highest charting date Miscellaneous
Lloyd Price Lawdy Miss Clawdy Did not chart 1952  
Fats Domino I'm in Love Again #3 May 5, 1956  
Fats Domino My Blue Heaven #19 March 5, 1956  
Shirley and Lee Feel So Good Did not chart 1955  
Little Richard Kansas City Did not chart 1955  
Little Richard Tutti Frutti (song) #17 January 28, 1956  
Fats Domino When My Dreamboat Comes Home #14 July 28, 1956  
Little Richard Long Tall Sally #6 April 7, 1956  
Little Richard Slippin' and Slidin' #33 June 20, 1956  
Little Richard Rip It Up #17 July 14, 1956  
Amos Milburn Chicken Shack Boogie Did not chart 1956  
Shirley and Lee Let the Good Times Roll #20 September 8, 1956  
Fats Domino I'm Walkin' #4 March 9, 1957  
Roy Brown Let the Four Winds Blow #29 July 1, 1957  
Sam Cooke You Send Me #1 October 28, 1957  
Thurston Harris Little Bitty Pretty One #6 October 28, 1957  
Don and Dewey Leaving It All Up To You Did not chart recorded 1957  
Hollywood Flames Buzz, Buzz, Buzz #11 December 2, 1957 Bobby Day, lead singer
Little Richard Lucille #21 April 6, 1957  
Little Richard Jenny Jenny #10 June 24, 1957  
Ricky Nelson I'm Walkin' #4 May 6, 1957 Palmer had previously charted with Fats Domino's original of this song
Ricky Nelson Be Bop Baby #3 October 7, 1957
Larry Williams Slow Down Did not chart 1957 song later recorded by The Beatles
Larry Williams Short Fat Fanny #5 July 8, 1957  
Larry Williams Bony Moronie #14 November 11, 1957 song later covered by John Lennon
Percy Mayfield Please Believe Me Did not chart 1957  
Eddie Cochran Summertime Blues #8 August 25, 1958  
Eddie Cochran Something Else 58    
Bobby Day Rockin' Robin #2 August 4, 1958  
Bobby Day Over and Over #41 1958  
Doris Day Everybody Loves a Lover #6 July 21, 1958  
Jan and Arnie Jennie Lee #8 May 26, 1958 duo later changed name to Jan and Dean
Johnny Otis Show Willie and the Hand Jive # 8 June 30, 1958  
Little Richard Good Golly Miss Molly # February 24, 1958  
Art and Dotty Todd Chanson D'Amour # 6 April 21, 1958  
Richie Valens Come On, Let's Go did not chart 1958 recorded at Gold Star Studios June 18, 1958
Sheb Wooley Purple People Eater # 1 June 2, 1958  
Richie Valens Donna (song) # 2 December 15, 1958  
Richie Valens La Bamba (song) # 22 January 19, 1959  
Edd Byrnes Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb # 4 April 22, 1959 additional vocals by Connie Stevens
Don and Dewey Farmer John did not chart June 2, 1958  
Jan and Dean Baby Talk # 4 August 10, 1959  
Ernie Fields In the Mood # 4 October 12, 1959  
Chan Romero Hippy Hippy Shake did not chart 1959 later a hit by the Swinging Blue Jeans
Connie Stevens Sixteen Reasons # 3 March 14, 1960  
Larry Williams Bad Boy did not chart 1959 later covered by the Beatles
Bobby Vee Devil or Angel # 6 September 5, 1960  
Bobby Vee Rubber Ball # 6 December 12, 1960 co-written by Gene Pitney
Gene McDaniels A Hundred Pounds of Clay # 3 April 3, 1961  
The Fleetwoods Tragedy # 10 May 8, 1961  
Paul Anka Dance On Little Girl # 10 June 12, 1961  
Sam Cooke Cupid # 17 June 26, 1961  
Bobby Darin You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby # 5 September 11, 1961
The Fleetwoods (He's) The Great Imposter # 30 October 2, 1961  
Gene McDaniels A Tower of Strength # 5 October 16, 1961  
The Lettermen When I Fall in Love # 7 December 4, 1961  
Gene McDaniels Chip Chip # 10 February 10, 1962  
Sam Cooke Twistin' the Night Away # 9 February 17, 1962  
Teena Marie I'm Gonna Have My Cake (And Eat it Too) Did not chart Wild And Peaceful[1] 1979  
Teena Marie Tune In Tomorrow Did not chart Irons In The Fire[2] 1980


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