VIDEO: The drummers of Michael Jackson

Although Michael Jackson was himself a master of beat making and arrangements (he often incorporated samples of his own voice into beat loops), he relied on the groove of some of the world's most talented drummers to make his biggest hits come to life. Here we run down the drummers that made his albums, and live shows, such dazzling musical spectaculars.

John 'JR' Robinson
JR was the most prolific of Jackson's drummers having performed on tracks on Off The Wall, Bad, History and Invincible. His groove on 'Don't Stop 'Til' You Get Enough' introduced Jackson's first Quincy Jones produced album to the world.

Ndugu Chancler
'Billie Jean' is perhaps the most recognised pop track on the planet, and Chancler was the guy that played the hypnotising beat that soundtracked the first televised Moonwalk. As well as his playing on Thriller, Chancler also performed tracks on its successor, Bad.

Jeff Porcaro
Porcaro also contributed to the Thriller album, most famously laying the groove to 'Beat It' (which you can learn on this month's Rhythm CD). He also played on tracks on Dangerous.

Ricky Lawson
Lawson, who has also worked with Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston and Phil Collins was Jackson's live drummer for many years.

Jonathan Moffett
Moffett played with Jackson on the Jackson's Victory tour, the History tour and also performed at yesterday's Memorial concert. Check out this video of Moffett with Jackson on the Victory tour (thanks to Elliott for the link).

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.