1917 - Buddy Rich was born
in Brooklyn NY.
1919 - At the tender age of
18 months, he was already featured in his parent's Vaudeville act Wilson
1921 - Buddy Rich made his
Broardway debut in Raymond Hitchcock's pinwheel.
1923 - Buddy went with his
parents to Australia where for 18 months, he presented a solo act -Traps The
1928 - By the age of 11,
Buddy Rich was the second highest paid child star in the world, after Jackie
Coogan, and he toured throughout the United States with his own showband.
1931 - His parents retired
from Vaudeville and the Rich family settled in Brooklyn where Buddy soon became
a part of the flourishing New York jazz scene of the 1930's.
1938 - Buddy Rich's jazz
career began seriously at the Hickory House in New York, where he played with
1939 - Rich worked with
Bunny Bergian and Artie Shaw.
1939-42 - Featured with the
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra before joining the U.S Marines.
1945-46 - Buddy Rich
rejoined the Dorsey Orchestra and, by then, he was not only the highest paid
sideman in the world but indisputably regarded as the greatest drummer of his
1946 - Buddy Rich decided to
form his own big band with excellent arrangements by writers like Tadd Dameron
and fine soloists like Zoot Sims, Al Kohn, Tony Scott and Johnny Mandell.
1947 - By this time the
great days of the Big Band era were drawing to a close and Buddy Rich decided to
accept an offer from Norman Granz to join Jazz At The Philharmonic. Between
tours all over the world with JATP, Rich was one of the leading figures in the
New York Jazz scene, where he worked and recorded with pioneering bop musicians
like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk , Al Haig, Dexter Gordon,
and many other great jazz players.
1950's - Buddy Rich worked
alternately with the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
1961 - Back with the Harry
James band and once again the driving force behind this excellent
1966 - Buddy Rich decided to
take the plunge and form his own big band. He assembled some of the leading
players of the day, like Gene Quill and Pepper Adams. Over the next few years,
the personnel of the Rich Orchestra included outstanding musicians like Don
Menza, Art Pepper, Al Porcine, Pat LaBarbera and Steve Marcus.
1967 - Jackie Gleason
selected the Buddy Rich Orchestra to feature on his summer TV series. During the
autumn, he toured with Frank Sinatra.
70's - 80's -Buddy Rich
continued lead his big band, except for a brief spell in 1974 when he formed a
small group (featuring Sal Nistico, Sonny Fortune, Joe romano, Jack Wilkins,
Kenny Baron, and John Bunch) at a club he opened in New York called Buddy's
1987 - Buddy continued to
tour with his big band until his death on April the 2nd 1987.