string(156) "Grave of Mark Sandman. Mark Sandman was born on September 24, 1952 and died in Giardini del Principe, Palestrina, Italy due to Heart attack on July 3, 1999."
string(174) "Grave of Bunk Johnson. Bunk Johnson was born on December 27, 1885 and died in 638 Franklin Street, New Iberia, Louisiana due to Lingering effects of a stroke on July 7, 1949."
Before Keith Moon, before John Bonham there was the one and only Gene Krupa - one of the greatest drummers and drum kit innovators in the 20th century. With his arms flailing behind the drum kit, Krupa forever changed the role of the drummer and provided his fans with an everlasting visual and musical image of the swing era. In 1936 he joined Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson for the first incarnation of the Benny Goodman Trio (later expanding to a quartet with Lionel Hampton) where his drum work made him a national celebrity. His tom-tom interludes on the hit "Sing, Sing, Sing" were the first extended drum solos to be recorded commercially. After his gig with Goodman he continued to record with his own group, Tommy Dorsey, Gerry Mulligan and starred as himself in several Hollywood musical-based films. In addition to his drum skills, he was also a well regarding composer with compositions which he wrote or co-wrote included "Some Like It Hot" in 1939, "Drum Boogie", "Boogie Blues", his theme song "Apurksody", "Ball of Fire", "Disc Jockey Jump" with Gerry Mulligan, "Wire Brush Stomp", "Hippdeebip", "Krupa's Wail", "Swing is Hee", "Quit and Roll 'Em" with Sam Donahue, and "How 'Bout This Mess". Even today Krupa’s reputation still looms large in pop culture: Rolling Stone recently put him at Number 7 in its list of the 100 greatest drummers of all time.
With peer Cozy Cole, Gene started a music school in 1954 that carried on into the 1960s. Some of the school’s students included Peter Criss of KISS and Jerry Nolan of The New York Dolls. Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival cited Krupa as an inspiration.
Final Resting Place:
Holy Cross Cemetery
801 Michigan City Road
Calumet City, Illinois, 60409
Immaculata, Lot 22, Block A
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery off Michigan City Road, make an immediate left turn and follow the road to the second right turn you can make. Upon turning right the sections Good Shepard (19) will be on your right and St. Michaels will be on your left. Make the first left turn and St. Michaels will still be on your left and Immaculata will be on your right. Park halfway down the sections (about 200 feet) and park. Look to your right for the Sadowski monument (a large tombstone with a cross on top) 20 feet from the road and behind that monument you will find the final resting place of Gene Krupa.
Grave Location GPS
Read More About Gene Krupa:
Videos Featuring Gene Krupa:
Benny Goodman big band playing Sing Sing Sing, featuring Gene Krupa
Gene Krupa - Jazz Legend Documentary
Gene Krupa 3/5/1972 Vibrations - Interview & Biography
Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich Famous Drum Battle
Gene Krupa & His Orchestra. Drum Boogie
Gene Krupa & his Orchestra 1948 "Gene's Boogie" - Carolyn Grey
Gene Krupa-Big Noise From Winnetka
Gene Krupa & Charlie Ventura Trio 6/9/1945 "Body And Soul"
Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman 1942 Harry James, Charlie Barnet, Jack Jenney, Joe Venuti, Alvino Rey
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