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Irving Cottler


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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Died August 8, 1989, Rancho Mirage, California, United States
Music Songs Song of India, Arab Dance, Miserlou, Under Paris Skies, Moon of Manakoora, Sorrento and Santa Lucia, On a Little Street In Singapore, Ritual Fire Dance, Espana Cani, Baubles, Bangles and Beads, Oriental, Caravan
Albums Around the World in Percussion

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Falcon Crest 1982 TV Series Tyler Demery
Eight Is Enough 1978-1980 TV Series Irving / Irving J. Moore
Galactica 1980 1980 TV Series Super Scout
Mork & Mindy 1980 TV Series Jeff
Struck by Lightning 1979 TV Series Brian
CHiPs 1978 TV Series Allan
The Young Pioneers 1978 TV Series Charlie Peters
The Waltons 1974-1977 TV Series Phillip 'Pip' Wrayburn / Fester / B.C. Graddy Jr. / ...
Logan's Run 1977 TV Series Binary
Emergency! 1977 TV Series Mike
Once an Eagle 1976 TV Mini-Series Sam, as a boy
Young Pioneers 1976 TV Movie Charlie Peters (uncredited)
State Fair 1976 TV Movie Tommy

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