Allan Schwartzberg

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Allan Schwartzberg
Born (1942-12-28) December 28, 1942 (age 76)
New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Musician
  • record producer
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active1969-present
Associated acts

Allan Schwartzberg (born December 28, 1942) is an American musician and record producer. He has been a member of the rock band Mountain, Peter Gabriel's band, toured with Brecker Brothers' Dreams, B.J. Thomas, Linda Rondstadt, Stan Getz band, and Pat Traver's band. He has experienced success as a prolific session musician, through recordings made from the 1970s through today.[1] He has also played on hits such as Gloria Gaynor "Never Can Say Goodbye",[2] considered the first disco record, James Brown's "Funky President" (his beat has been sampled on 808 different records[citation needed]), Harry Chapin's "Cat's In The Cradle", Tony Orlando & Dawn's Tie A Yellow Ribbon, Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill", the Spinners' "Workin' My Way Back to You", the Star Wars theme, and Rod Stewart's Great American Songbook series including the hit "What A Wonderful World". He has played with musicians and singers including John Lennon, Diana Ross, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Frank Sinatra, Roxy Music, Rod Stewart, Robert Palmer, Grace Slick, Roberta Flack, Barry Manilow, Harry Chapin, Barbra Streisand, Deodato, Frankie Valli, Tony Orlando, and Roger Daltrey.[3][4] He was also a frequent musician guest with Paul Shaffer's David Letterman Show band.

Early life and education[edit]

Allan Schwartzberg was born on December 28, 1942, in New York City, New York. He began playing the drums at the age of ten and attended the Manhattan School of Music for three years, studying classical percussion. He claims that his real education was listening to and memorizing the work of musicians like Max Roach, Elvin Jones and Philly Joe Jones.

At the age of 20. he was the house drummer at the famed Half Note Club in downtown New York, performing with a variety of jazz musicians, including Stan Getz, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Roy Eldridge, Bob Brookmeyer, Richie Kamuca, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Anita O'Day, Chris Conner, and Jimmy Rushing.[5]

He was also the leader of the band on the nationally syndicated Geraldo Rivera Show, Goodnight America, which was considered the first rock / R&B "hip" band for a talk show.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On November 12, 1972, Schwartzberg married Susan Schlossberg. They have two daughters, Samona and Nicole; and three grandchildren, Deven, Talia, and Quinton Cole.


Schwartzberg endorses Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Vic Firth drumsticks.[citation needed]



Year Title Artist
1973 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Dawn
1973 True Stories and Other Dreams Judy Collins
1973 Dawn's New Ragtime Follies Tony Orlando & Dawn
1974 Reality James Brown
1974 Twin Peaks Mountain
1974 Verities & Balderdash Harry Chapin
1974 Veedon Fleece Van Morrison
1975 Crash Landing Jimi Hendrix
1975 Waterbed Herbie Mann
1975 Never Can Say Goodbye Gloria Gaynor
1976 Moon Over Brooklyn The Group with No Name
1976 Alice Cooper Goes to Hell Alice Cooper
1977 The Car Peter Gabriel
1977 Portfolio Grace Jones
1977 Glorious Gloria Gaynor
1977 Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk Meco
1977 Lace and Whiskey Alice Cooper
1977 Herbie Mann and Fire Island Herbie Mann
1977 Conquistador Maynard Ferguson
1977 A Song Neil Sedaka
1977 Blue Lights in the Basement Roberta Flack
1978 Songbird Barbra Streisand
1978 Gene Simmons Gene Simmons
1978 Heavy Metal Be-Bop The Brecker Brothers
1978 Peter Criss Peter Criss
1978 Double Fun Robert Palmer
1979 Platinum Mike Oldfield
1979 Nils Nils Lofgren
1979 Live and Sleazy Village People


Year Title Artist
1980 Flesh and Blood Roxy Music
1980 Dreams Grace Slick
1981 Music from "The Elder" Kiss
1982 NunSexMonkRock Nina Hagen
1982 It's Alright (I See Rainbows) Yoko Ono
1983 School for Spies Kit Hain
1984 Parting Should Be Painless Roger Daltrey
1984 Milk and Honey John Lennon and Yoko Ono
1984 Cover Tom Verlaine
1987 Flash Light Tom Verlaine


Year Title Artist
1990 What a Way to Go Mark Murphy
1991 Help Yourself Julian Lennon

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Allan Schwartzberg: Discography". Archived from the original on June 16, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  2. ^ "Allan Schwartzberg's home at the Stereo Society". Archived from the original on June 16, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Vic Firth Artist: ALLAN SCHWARTZBERG". Archived from the original on June 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  4. ^ "Allan Schwartzberg - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  5. ^ Allan Schwartzberg, retrieved August 20, 2014


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