Buddy Rich - The Bus Tapes, Death and legacy, References

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The Bus Tapes

Rich's temper, mercurial attitude and imposing personality are documented in secret recordings that pianist Lee Musiker made during some of his tantrums on tour buses and backstage in the early 1980s.[20] These recordings, long circulated in bootleg form, have done much to fuel the reputation of Rich's personality. The tapes were popular with comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, who used three quotes from them more or less verbatim on Seinfeld:[21]

  • "If I have to tell you again, we're gonna take it outside and I'm gonna show you what it's like!" ("The Opposite")
  • "This guy – this is not my kind of guy." ("The Understudy")
  • "Then let's see how he does, up there, without all the assistance!" ("The Butter Shave")

On one recording, Rich threatens to fire Dave Panichi, a trombonist, for wearing a beard.[22][23] Days before Rich died, he was visited by Mel Tormé, who claims that one of Rich's last requests was "to hear the tapes" that featured his angry outbursts.[citation needed] At the time, Tormé was working on an authorized biography of Rich, which was released after Rich's death, titled Traps, The Drum Wonder: The Life of Buddy Rich.

Death and legacy

Buddy Rich remained active performing until the end of his life. On April 2, 1987, Rich died of heart failure following surgery for a malignant brain tumor. He is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. He was 69.

Since Rich's death, a number of memorial concerts have been held. In 1994, the Rich tribute album Burning for Buddy: A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich was released. Produced by Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart, the album features performances of Rich staples by a number of rock and jazz drummers such as Kenny Aronoff, Carl Palmer, Matt Sorum, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Max Roach, Steve Smith, and Peart himself, accompanied by the Buddy Rich Big Band. A second volume was issued in 1997.

Rich's grandson, Nick Rich, also plays drums and was briefly in the post-hardcore band Falling in Reverse.[24][25][26]


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  2. ^ Tormé, Mel. Traps, the Drum Wonder: The Life of Buddy Rich, Oxford University Press. 1991, p. 6.
  3. ^ Barron, James, New York Times obituary, "Buddy Rich...dies". 1987 April 3. Accessed March 9, 2010.
  4. ^ Making of Burning for Buddy Part III DVD - Cathy Rich Interview
  5. ^ Howard, Jeffrey K., FilmScoreMonthly.com "Mel Brooks Interview", 1997
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  8. ^ Mel Tormé, in Traps—The Drum Wonder—The Life of Buddy Rich (1991), says that the amount received from Sinatra was $25,000 (and another $25,000 came later), but makes no mention of the exact circumstances.
  9. ^ JazzWax.com, "Bobby Shew on Buddy Rich, Part 2 / Part 3" 2010 February 24, 25.
  10. ^ Bowers, Jack. "Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes", All About Jazz (link) December 9, 2005. Accessed June 27, 2007
  11. ^ Channel One Suite DVD Buddy Rich and His Band: Channel One Suite (1985) at imdb.com. Accessed June 1, 2008.
  12. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/mercy-mercy-mw0000619226
  13. ^ Numerous sources include Scott Yanow: Jazz on Film: The Complete Story of the Musicians & Music Onscreen (2004 ISBN 0-87930-783-8), and Ben Alba: Inventing Late Night: Steve Allen and the Original Tonight Show (2005 ISBN 1-59102-342-4).
  14. ^ imdb.com. Accessed April 5, 2010.
  15. ^ "Away We Go". IMDB. 1967. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  16. ^ http://www.musicforte.com/sheet_music/product/320338/BuddyRich-AttheTop/
  17. ^ "Episode 522: Buddy Rich – Muppet Wiki". Muppet.wikia.com. February 14, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  18. ^ "www.dustyspringfield.info". dustyspringfield.info. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  19. ^ "www.powells.com". powells.com. November 9, 2001. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  20. ^ Milkowski, Bill. "Jazz Articles: The Buddy Rich Tapes – Jazz Articles". Jazztimes.com. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  21. ^ Jerry Seinfeld (Interviewee) (2005). Seinfeld Season 6 "Inside Looks" featurette on "The Understudy" (DVD). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Event occurs at 00:04:04. Retrieved June 24, 2007.
  22. ^ Audio tape recording of Buddy Rich tirade – Transcription by Ientilucci, Emmett J. "Buddy Rich: World's Greatest Drummer, Audio Four" (link). Accessed January, 2012
  23. ^ "I Got Nothin’ for You", Dave Panichi discusses the Buddy Rich 'scream tapes' with Richard Cooke in The Monthly, July 2007 (link).
  24. ^ http://bcwtj.forumotion.com/t872-buddy-rich-s-grandson-nick-rich
  25. ^ http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/drummers-daughter-talks-about-return-buddy-rich-memorial-concert
  26. ^ https://www.facebook.com/events/120118946687/ Buddy Rich Memorial
  27. ^ Norgran, Clef, Verve, Mercury, Pacific Jazz, etc. discographies at jazzdisco.org
  28. ^ "www.hepjazz.com". hepjazz.com. Retrieved February 25, 2011.