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Shelly Manne

The late Shelly Manne, who came into prominence as a West Coast session / jazz drummer after moving to Los Angeles, CA in the early 1950s, has provided percussive contributions to numerous cartoons, movies, television shows, and even educational films throughout his 45 year career.

Working extensively with composer, conductor and arranger, Henry Mancini, you can hear some of Shelly's early drumming in films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and The Pink Panther (1963). He also played drums with Ray Brown and Jimmy Rowles on the Doug Goodwin's score for The Ant and the Aardvark cartoon series which began in the late '60s.

In this 1970s educational 16mm short film titled "The Beats Go On", Shelly Manne is featured demonstrating different drumming techniques on the drumset along with an animated story on the history of percussion instruments.