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