Talk:Don Drummond

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year of birth?[edit]

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this article says drummond was born in 1947, the german and the french articles say 1943; and the italian article says something like "the used dates of birth differ thus it is unsure wether he was born 1943 or 47" (as far as i interpret the italian article without speaking the language ;) but does anybody know for sure which version is correct; 1943, 1947, or unknown? --Wizzar 14:37, 10 September 2005 (UTC)

Right now the article says 1932. WHhhhhhhhhhat? --F. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 206.55.180.50 (talk) 01:43, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

Discogs and [1] say 1932, [2] says 1943, but according to AMG Drummond began his studio career in 1956, he would have been aged 13 then. I think 1932 is most likely, but right now one simply has to state that the exact year is unknown. --FordPrefect42 (talk) 18:04, 30 July 2009 (UTC)
Update: meanwhile an anonymous editor has opted for 1932 based on information from the Don Drummond Memorial Album liner notes. Same info here, but that does not represent an independent, second source, because it is a review of that very album, so the information is probably taken from there. But here is an interesting fact: Rico Rodriguez (born 1934) has been taught to play the trombone at Alpha Boys School by his older (!) schoolmate Don Drummond (sources: [3], [4]). I have no doubts that 1932 is the correct year of birth. --FordPrefect42 (talk) 15:28, 12 March 2010 (UTC)
Dave Thompson's book (Reggae & Caribbean Music) states dob as 1943, as do David Moskowitz's Caribbean Popular Music and Larkin's The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae (note: Larkin is fairly unreliable and Moskowitz's book is often "very similar" to Larkin's). It wouldn't have been totally extraordinary for a musician to be playing professionally at an early age back in those days, though very unusual for an instrumentalist, but Moskowitz also states that Rico (born 1934) was tutored by Drummond (who was a senior when Rico was a junior at Alpha), which would make a 1943 birth for Drummond impossible. Klive Walker's Dubwise (viewable on Google Books here states March 12, 1932, which seems very plausible, and Walker seems to know what he's talking about, stating that Drummond began playing professionally in 1950 (aged 18) in the Eric Deans Orchestra, which would have been impossible if he had been born in 1943 or later. I would go for 1932, personally, and cite Walker as a reliable (and well-regarded) print source, with a note that other sources state 1943 and 1947.--Michig (talk) 18:28, 12 March 2010 (UTC)
Excellent reseach and suggestion, thank you. Since 1932 obviously seems to be the correct dob, I decided to put the alternatives in a footnote. What do you think? --FordPrefect42 (talk) 19:26, 12 March 2010 (UTC)
Looks good to me.--Michig (talk) 20:22, 12 March 2010 (UTC)