Denny Carmassi

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Denny Carmassi
Born April 30, 1947 (Age 67)
Origin San Francisco, California, USA[1]
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1970-present
Associated acts Montrose
Gamma
Heart

Denny Carmassi is an American drummer. He was born into a family of drummers; his father, his uncle, and his brother each played the drums. Some of Denny's earliest memories are his father rehearsing after work with his band in the kitchen of their home. Occasionally they allowed young Denny Carmassi to sit in with them. His father exposed him to great drummers, including Buddy Rich, Jimmy Vincent and Richard Goldberg. Then Denny listened the radio and discovered several drummers like Earl Palmer, D.J. Fontana, Al Jackson Jr. (Denny actually learned to play the drums from listening to Al's and playing along with the Booker T. & the M.G.'s "Green Onions" album), Clyde Stubblefield, Jabo Starks, Dino Danelli, Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell, John Bonham and Tony Williams.

Out of high school, Denny started playing topless clubs in San Francisco. He joined a band called Sweet Linda Devine, and recorded an album in New York on Columbia, produced by Al Kooper, but before long they parted ways. Denny went on to work with several local bands in the Bay Area and began working with Montrose and Sammy Hagar in the 1970s.

Carmassi was a member of the first four line-ups of the band Montrose. After Montrose, he played with his former Montrose bandmate Sammy Hagar as a solo artist, and with his former Montrose bandmates Ronnie Montrose and Jim Alcivar in the band Gamma.

Denny has played with Heart, Coverdale-Page, Whitesnake, and David Coverdale as a solo artist.[2]He also recorded with Randy Meisner, Kim Carnes, Al Stewart, Joe Walsh, 38 Special, Cinderella, Randy Newman and many more. Denny toured with Foreigner in 2002. Currently he performs with Mercy (featuring Lynda Morrison).


Discography[edit]

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1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "WHITESNAKE - Группа". Whitesnake.ru. 1947-12-29. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  2. ^ Adam Budofsky, Michele Heusel, Michael Ray Dawson, Michael Parillo (2006). The Drummer: 100 Years of Rhythmic Power and Invention. Hal Leonard. p. 69. ISBN 1-4234-0567-6. 

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