Just because Larrie Londin lives in Nashville, doesn't mean he's a country drummer. Oh, he doesn't mind being considered a country drummer, but he minds being looked upon as just a country drummer.
In America, the 1960s were a time when the jazz age made a sincere, although tentative, attempt to establish relations with the up-and-coming members of the R&B and rock generations.
Mr. Frantz had good reason to be feeling positive as we sat down to talk in the lounge of San Francisco's Miyako Hotel. Talking Heads, armed with a new record titled Speaking In Tongues, had just broken West Coast attendance records previously held by Barry Manilow.
After meeting and interviewing Keith Copeland, there's one word that seems to represent his overall approach to drums: tradition. My dictionary has three definitions for that word.
For starters, Frankie Banali looks like a heavy metal rock drummer. His long, shaggy and curly black hair coupled with a face of innocence turned sour seems just right for one who pounds the beat for an outfit such as Quiet Riot. At the time of this interview, Banali claimed he could count the number of times on one hand he had spoken at length with a journalist.
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