Irv Cottler was probably one of the most respected and prolific program drummers from the big-band period. Believe it or not an expert than Frank Sinatra known as him “the very best available.” Born Feb 13, 1918, in NEW YORK, Cottler was raised within the same community as pioneering bandleader Raymond Scott. At 14, he falsified his age group to get a musician’s union cards, and honed his chops playing the Catskills vacation resort circuit. After stints with Crimson Norvo and Mildred Bailey, Cottler toured California behind Claude Thornhill, vowing to eventually relocate cross-country. Stints with Larry Clinton, Tommy Dorsey, and Les Dark brown followed, however in 1947 he finally retired from the street and resolved in LA. A first-call program drummer renowned for his impeccable timekeeping, Cottler documented behind immortals including Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, and Ella Fitzgerald. An individual favourite of arranger Nelson Riddle, in November 1953 he was summoned by Riddle to try out on what would become Sinatra’s first LP for Capitol Information, the now-classic Tunes for Young Enthusiasts. Cottler quickly surfaced as Sinatra’s drummer of preference, and he continued to be with Ol’ Blue Eye in various studio room and tour incarnations for a lot more than 30 years. Crooners Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Mel Tormé, and Bobby Darin searched for Cottler’s services aswell, as well as for the Somerset label he headlined the exotica cult traditional All over the world in Percussion. He was also a staple of film and tv, highlighted by way of a 12-season stint using the Dinah Shoreline Show’s house music group. Cottler passed away in Rancho Mirage, CA, on August 8, 1989.
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