Irving Cottler

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Irving Cottler
Born (1918-02-13)February 13, 1918
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died August 8, 1989(1989-08-08) (aged 71)
Templeton, California, U.S.
Genres Big band
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1938–1989
Associated acts Frank Sinatra

Irving "Irv" Cottler (February 13, 1918 – August 8, 1989) was an American drummer and sometime member of The Wrecking Crew, who recorded with Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others. He was best known as the drummer for Frank Sinatra, with whom he worked for over 30 years beginning in 1953. He also performed for 12 years with the house band of The Dinah Shore Show.[1]

Cottler died of a heart attack in Templeton, California, at the age of 71.[2]


With Count Basie

With Hoagy Carmichael

With Sammy Davis Jr

With Stan Kenton

With Barney Kessel

With Skip Martin and His Orchestra


  • Cottler, Irv (2000). I've Got You Under My Skins. Alfred Music. ISBN 978-0739017074.


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