Foot Pedal, used by Buddy Rich

Foot Pedal, used by Buddy Rich

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This foot pedal drum beater was made by Joseph Rogers, Inc. in Covington, Ohio, around 1962-1970. It is a Swiv-O-Matic model foot pedal drum beater, made of metal, with a wooden beater head. The foot pedal is cast:

ROGERS
SWIV-O-MATIC
PATENT PENDING
U.S.A.

This object features U. S. Patent #3030847 dated April 24, 1962, by Joshephus B. Thompson, assignor to Joseph Rogers, Inc., for a drum beater.

This foot pedal drum beater is from a drumset used by Buddy Rich in 1983-1987.

Bernard "Buddy" Rich (1917-1987) began his professional career as a drummer, tap dancer, and singer with his parents' vaudeville act before the age of two. By the time he was six, "Traps, the Boy Wonder," had performed on Broadway and toured the United States and Australia.

With the demise of the vaudeville circuit and the popularity of the swing era, Buddy became an orchestra musician. His talents as a drummer landed him a job offer with Joe Marsala's band at the Hickory House in New York City in 1937. This led to a long line of high-profile performances with Bunny Berrigan, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and Benny Carter. Buddy's playing style was characterized by phenomenal speed, four-way independence, and an uncanny way of driving a big band.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
foot pedal
date made
1962-1970
user
Rich, Bernard "Buddy"
maker
Rogers
place made
United States: Ohio, Covington
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in x 13 1/2 in x 10 in; 13.97 cm x 34.29 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
1988.0665.24
accession number
1988.0665
catalog number
1988.0665.24
Credit Line
Gift of Cathy and Marie Rich
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