Buddy Rich

rich1September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987

Bernard “Buddy” Rich played the drums. He played the drums really, really well. He had a temper. He (allegedly) liked to fire musicians in the middle of sets if the need arose. He played with all the big names like Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. He also led his own bands. And he had a bit of a temper.

But, Buddy Rich could play the drums. Seemingly from birth. He will be remembered as one of the best jazz drummers of all time. Hell, he was probably even a pretty nice guy…when he wasn’t throwing trombonists off the bus in the middle of the night.


Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Sanctuary of Tranquility; At the northern edge of the park, the Sanctuary of Tranquility is the easternmost sanctuary, Buddy is interred on the bottom right row, just two spaces in.



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