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The Invisible Irving Cottler

Frank Sinatra once called Irving Cottler the best studio drummer in the world. He worked with Sinatra and Sammy and many of the greatest talents of the 20th century. Unfortunately, because he worked with such giants, no one ever shined the spotlight on Irv. He even worked on television for 12 years as the house band drummer for the “Dinah Shore Show” but, of course, no one focuses on the drummer when a musical guest is performing. The best footage I found of Irv Cottler was the “Hollywood Palace” clip I posted back on 2/3. I found this 1955 Herbie Harper cover of the song “Topsy.” It doesn’t show Irv live but at least it doesn’t have any vocals so you can hear him a bit better.

That’s not Herbie Harper’s picture on the video there. That’s Frank Rosolino. Here’s Herbie:

I’d love to show you a photo of Irving Cottler too but every image search I tried just turned up pictures of Sinatra. Luckily I did find this artist rendering of young Irv Cottler.

The Little Drummer Boy

Since we can’t see Irv you’ll have to just take my word for it, the resemblance is uncanny!

Give The Drummers Some

It blows my mind that this blog has nearly a year and a half worth of posts and, until last month, the song “Cute” never appeared. It was composed by Neil Hefti. I never knew it had lyrics but it does. The internet says they were written by Stanley Stein but I couldn’t verify that. It’s the perfect song for drum solos!

This excellent clip is from the show “The Hollywood Palace.” This particular episode is from the 1964 season. This version of “Cute” features an eye crossing talent roster! There’s an introduction from Victor Borge and drum solos by Loui Bellson, Philly Jo Jones, Shelly Manne and Irv Cottler plus the fantastic dancing of Caterina Valente.

Only one of these performers has been featured on this thread so far. There’s no way I’d do them all justice in one post so I have decided to bestow the music industry’s highest honor on them all and give them individual posts right here on this blog! I know it’s a huge honor but these kids have talent and I want to make sure they finally get the recognition they deserve!

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