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BIOGRAPHY

Herb Lovelle

Herb Lovelle, born June 1, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York, was an American drummer, actor and producer.

Working as a studio musician and live performer, Lovelle was versatile in the sytles of jazz, R & B, rock and folk music. Early in his career he played for the likes of Hot Lips Page, Hal Singer, Johnny Moore's Three Blazes, Earl Hines, Arnett Cobb, and Teddy Wilson.

Throughout the 1950s, Lovelle was the house drummer for the Savoy Ballroom in New York City. Towards the end of the 1950s he began playing more R&B music, working as a studio musician, playing drums for the likes of Sam "The Man" Taylor, Bob Dylan (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan), Pearls Before Swine, Eric Andersen, David Blue, John Denver, Tom Rush, B. B. King, John Martyn (Stormbringer!) and The Monkees.

Lovelle's television appearances included working with the King Guion Orchestra on the Jerry Lester Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, as wells as holding the lead drummer position for the Sammy Davis Jr. TV Show.

In 1976, Lovelle produced the first Stuff album, which went platinum in Japan, and played drums in the 1976 revival of Guys and Dolls.

Herb Lovelle died on April 8, 2009; he was 84.


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