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Drum heroes week: Buddy Rich's greatest drum battles

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Our Drums Heroes Week would, of course, not be complete without a tip of our hat to the man that is still considered by drummers the world over as the greatest ever - Buddy Rich.

In honour the ultimate drum hero we've picked out some of our favourite Buddy Rich drum battles. Just sit back and enjoy this little lot.

Buddy and Gene Krupa

Buddy and Jerry Lee Lewis

Buddy and Animal (aka Ronnie Verrell!)

Buddy and Louie Bellson

Buddy and Elvin Jones and Art Blakey

Buddy and Ed Shaughnessy

Rich is a teacher, one time Rhythm staff writer and experienced freelance journalist who has interviewed countless revered musicians, engineers, producers and stars for the our world-leading music making portfolio, including such titles as Rhythm, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, and MusicRadar. His victims include such luminaries as Ice T, Mark Guilani and Jamie Oliver (the drumming one).