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HERMOKIWI
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not everyone thought Buddy Rich was a jerk. Check out this interview of Don Menza talking about Buddy. He says that Buddy was the only real band leader he ever worked for.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V95LNWDnFPI

Here's an interview of Dan Morgenstern:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC1ATvNMXJ0

Here's Mel Lewis saying, "I love him and he was one of my dearest friends." (at 1:07:16):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTyxnHQ4VHQ
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops, double post
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony made it clear that Buddy could be just the opposite to being a jerk. Sometimes we only read the worse about celebrities when one has a reputation. because it sells more magazines or papers.

Regardless of what I or anyone may think about Buddy as a person, in my view he was the best drummer in his time, and I regret never having the opportunity to see him perform live.[/quote]
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hermokiwi, that Menza interview was awesome, thanks for posting.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One story I remember about Buddy was that in the late 60s they needed an alto player and Menza (who was the 'straw boss' on the band) convinced Art Pepper to join the band. Pepper had been out of prison for a while, drinking a lot and playing a lot of jam sessions and rock gigs. He was very reticent about his ability, at that point, to cut the gig. However, Menza convinced him. So Pepper's on the band a short while (I think it may have been weeks, but my memory's failing me) and Pepper has this big medical issue that lands him in the hospital for several weeks. Real touch and go stuff.
Apparently Rich paid all of the hospital bills and told Pepper to take his time, get well, and his job would be there when he was ready. I've heard similar stories about Sinatra...

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:29 pm    Post subject: A funny Buddy Rich story Reply with quote

"Hello, my name is Chevy Chase and Buddy Rich is still dead!"
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think a lot of tough guys were generous. Sinatra reportedly paid for Red Rodney's dental implants and Sweets Edison liked to say "Frank paid for my house."
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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2021 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jhatpro wrote:
I think a lot of tough guys were generous. Sinatra reportedly paid for Red Rodney's dental implants and Sweets Edison liked to say "Frank paid for my house."


I heard a story that the actor Lee J. Cobb was in the hospital with non-trivial medical problem. Sinatra, who had never met him, flew to NYC paid his hospital bills. Talking to him in his hospital room, Cobb asked Sinatra why he had done it. Sinatra replied that he thought Cobb was a really fine actor.

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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2021 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting back to Buddy Rich, let's not forget -- there's an off chance he might be Sterling Archer's father!

Which reminds me, R.I.P. Jessica Walter -- a fine actress and a fine human being.
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