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Your complete resource to info on the most famous drummers in the world. This page contains everyone who's anyone with a last name beginning in the letter P.

Ian Paice
Born: June 29, 1948. Info on the Deep Purple drummer includes interviews, audio clips, discography, tour dates, and much more. Click the above link to check it out on Ian's own Web site and while you're at it, you can subscribe to The Highway Star — The Original Deep Purple Web Pages.

Carl Palmer
Born: March 20, 1947. The rhythmic third of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Carl has chops on top of his chops. Check out his bio. From The Official Carl Palmer Web Site.

Earl Palmer
Session drummer who powered hits by Little Richard, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, Ritchie Valens, Ike and Tina Turner, Ricky Nelson, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, the Mamas and the Papas, and many others. Check out his bio, courtesy of HallBiography.com.

Leon Parker
Bio, discography, and reviews of Jazz drummer Leon Parker, courtesy of people.thirteen.net. Here's a review of Leon's "Awakening" album.

Brian Pastoria
Adrenalin may be referred to as the "band who never made it," but not for long! After 25 years these guys are still in the game. Click the above link for an interview with Brian, the band's drummer and founder, and learn where the band was and where they're going! Also, enjoy some of Adrenalin's latest tracks.

Vinnie Paul
Interview with Vinnie, of Heavy Metal band Pantera, by Roger Scott from NYRock.com. Includes Real Audio sound clip.

Sonny Payne
Here's a bio and discography on the Basie drummer, from ArtistDirect.com.

Neil Peart
Born: September 12, 1952. Good site for Neil by Christopher M. Toth, contains bio, pics, interviews, news, and more. Just about everything you'd want to know about Neil.

Shawn Pelton
Check out this profile of Saturday Night Live drummer Shawn Pelton, courtesy of rhythmtech.com.

Armando Peraza
Born: May 30, 1924. Here's a discography of Bongo, Conga, Timbale great Armando Peraza, courtesy of rhythmweb.com.

Karl Perazzo
Here's some info on Karl, who in 1991 fulfilled his life-long dream of playing timbales with Santana. More on Karl, from Santana's Official Web site.

Doane Perry
Interviews with the drummer of Jethro Tull, tour dates, photos, sample MP3s, and more, from Doane's Official site.

Charlie Persip
Veteran drummer Persip has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Harry James, Billy Eckstine, Frank Foster, Archie Shepp, and many others. Enjoy Charlie's bio and selected discography, courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.

Ben Perowsky
See Perowsky's latest projects and, while you're at it, check out his bio, tour schedule, and audio file examples. Also, check out his discography, courtesy of Perowsky's own Web site.

Ralph Peterson
Click the above link for Ralph's Official Web site. And here's a review of Ralph's group after appearing at Ronnie Scott's in London.

Nick Petrella
Dr. Nick Petrella is an author, educator, performer, and clinician who is also the Director of Education for SABIAN. Click the above link to check him out at the Sabian Web site. Click this link for info on Nick's books and DVDs. Click here for Tiger Bill's review of Nick's book/DVD The Ultimate Guide to Cymbals.

Pat Petrillo
In addition to his work with jazz guitarist Ed Hamilton, Patti LaBelle, Glen Burtnik, Patty Smyth, and Broadway shows such as Grease, Footloose, and Dreamgirls, Pat is also an author and clinician. Click the above link for his Official Web site.

Simon Phillips
Here's Simon's Offical Web site with your choice of Macromedia Flash enabled (with sound) and non-flash version (without sound). And here's both a written and audio interview with Simon, courtesy of Remo.com. More info on Simon, including some WAV audio files.

John Pochee
Aussie drummer Pochee, who formed the band Ten Part Invention, has also worked with Bernie McGann, Don Rader, Roger Frampton, and others.

Jeff Porcaro
Born: April 1, 1954. I first met Jeff Porcaro and his Dad, Joe, in Los Angeles in 1979. Years before, when Joe left his low-paying orchestra gig in Connecticut, he never dreamed he and his son would do so well out in LA. Up until his untimely death, Jeff had more gigs than he could handle. Here are two interviews with Jeff, courtesy of Bishop's Drum Shop.

Mike Portnoy
Mike's own Web site includes a public message board, tour dates for his band Dream Theater, plenty of pics and sound clips, and a pretty cool software application: You can play Mike's drum set on his site. It requires a free Macromedia Flash player (available from the site) but if you have the patience to wait for the long download to complete, you can wail on Mike's gear. Check it out.

Cozy Powell
Born: December 29, 1947. Died: April 5, 1998. Robyn Flans interviews drummer Cozy Powell, ala Black Sabbath and Jeff Beck. Courtesy of Bishop's Drum Shop.

Bobby Previte
Bobby Previte has not only led his own group, but has played with Wayne Horovitz, Robin Eubanks, Marty Erhlich, Tom Varner, Jerome Harris and Elliot Sharp among others. Click the link above for Bobby's Official Web site. If you'd rather use his Flash site, click here.

Yvette "Baby Girl" Preyer
I had the chance to play the Cape Breton International Drum Festival with Yvette and she can really kick butt behind the skins! She not only drums but she sings great too! Check out her official Web site.

For a sample of her performance, see our coverage of the Cape Breton International Drum Festival 2005.

Tito Puente
Born: April 20, 1923. Died: June 1, 2000. Bio of the most famous Latin percussionist in history, from onlinetalent.com. Although he's no longer with us, he will live forever through the music he left behind. Also, check out his hit song list, career highlights, and photos, from OnLineTalent.com.

Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
Born: June 11, 1941. Purdie has recorded on more than 3000 albums, with such artists as King Curtis, Paul Butterfield, Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren, Cat Stevens, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, B.B. King, "Sweet" Lou Donaldson, Joe Cocker and Hank Crawford. Here's Mr. Funk's own homepage. Click the following for a review of Bernard's CD Purdie Good Cookin', click here for an audio/video exclusive on a Bernard Purdie Clinic/Master Class and Concert, and click here for a review of Bernard's educational video series.

For more exclusive video clips of his performance, see our coverage of the Cape Breton International Drum Festival 2005.


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