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BIOGRAPHY

Irv Cottler

Irv Cottler, born Irving Cottler on February 13, 1918 in New York City, New York, was an American drummer, best known for his recordings with Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and many others. Cottler worked with Frank Sinatra for over 30 years. He was also played drums in The Dinah Shore Show's house band for 12 years.

Cottler got his start in the music business in the late 1930s, playing drums for Red Norvo's band, and later working a series of gigs with the likes of Larry Clinton, Jimmy Dorsey, and Les Brown. In the late 1940s, Cottler ended his touring stint and moved to Los Angeles where he worked extensively in radio, television, movies and commercial recordings. As a first call session drummer throughout the 50s and 60s, Cottler played on TV shows such as The Dinah Shore Show, The Milton Berle Show, and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He also played on the film scores for Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book.

Irv died in Rancho Mirage, CA on August 8, 1989; he was 71.


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