Frank Carlson

US jazz drummer from the swing-era.

Born : May 05, 1914 in New York City, New York.

Coming from a background in the big band and swing jazz of the '30s, Frank Carlson became a busy studio-session drummer who played on a huge stack of hit records, including sides by Doris Day, Bing Crosby, and Elvis Presley.

His cache with hipsters comes mostly from getting the studio call to back up the brilliant actor, hell-raiser, and occasional recording artist Robert Mitchum, while Carlson's most prominent jazz job was holding down the drum throne in the Woody Herman band from 1937-1942.

He later was Fred Astaire's choice for playing on his movie soundtracks in the 40's.
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Singles & EPs

216 Frank Carlson - Drummer Boy album art Various Jukin' Various - Drummer Boy (Album) Decca 216 US 1941 Sell This Version


3984275282 Frank Carlson - Those Wonderful Thirties album art Various The Golden Wedding Various - Those Wonderful Thirties(4xCD, Comp) Warner Special Projects 3984275282 Australia 1999 Sell This Version


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December 27, 2017
The photo above is Don Lamond with Woody Herman, not Frankie Carlson.