Kenny Aronoff

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Kenny Aronoff
Background information
BornMarch 7, 1953
Albany, New York, United States[1][2]
Years active1979–present

Kenny Aronoff (born March 7, 1953) is an American session drummer.[3]

Early life[edit]

Aronoff grew up in Stockbridge, Massachusetts[4] He developed an interest in music at an early age and gravitated to the drums as "drumming was one hundred percent energy".[5] Aronoff earned three athletic letters in high school playing lacrosse, ski team and soccer.[6][7]


In 1980, Aronoff joined John Cougar's band, and remained for 17 years.[8]

Throughout his career, Aronoff has toured or recorded with such artists as the Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Michelle Branch, Tony Iommi, Melissa Etheridge, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jon Bon Jovi.[9]

Kenny Aronoff has played drums for John Fogerty live and on records since 1996.[10]

Aronoff was Associate Professor of Percussion at Indiana University from 1993-1997. Each year, The Aronoff Percussion Scholarship is awarded to an Indiana University percussion student.[11][12][13]

Kenny Aronoff was an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' 2001 first Annual IMA judging panel to support independent artists.[14] He performed at the Kennedy Center Honors from 2008-2014. On January 26, 2014, Aronoff performed at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards with Ringo Starr.[15]

Aronoff joined Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in the CBS special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, that aired on February 9, 2014.[16]

He owns Uncommon Studios L.A.[17][18]


On March 31, 2016, Rolling Stone ranked Kenny Aronoff number 66 of the 100 greatest drummers of all time. The magazine wrote, "With a sixth sense for what makes music pop and the patience to take direction, he's ended up as a go-to studio beatsmith for the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, John Fogerty, Sting, the Smashing Pumpkins, Lady Gaga and tons more."[19]

Modern Drummer named Kenny Aronoff the "#1 Pop/Rock Drummer and #1 Studio Drummer" for five consecutive years.[20][21]


  1. ^ "Kenny Aronoff profile". Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  2. ^ "Kenny Aronoff: Part I - Interviews - The Black Page". Retrieved 2016-09-09.
  3. ^ Herzog, Kenny (December 9, 2015). "Kenny Aronoff Is the Most Famous Drummer You've Never Heard Of". Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  4. ^ Provenz, Jessica (October 2015). "Rock Stars From Stockbridge". Berkshire Townvibe. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  5. ^ "Kenny Aronoff - Drummer For Everyone - Glide Magazine". 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  6. ^ "Bill Burr's podcast, TAMMP, 3-1-18 with Kenny Aronoff". 2018-03-01. Event occurs at 08:58. Archived from the original on 2021-12-12. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  7. ^ "The Rogovoy Report". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  8. ^ Wardlaw, Matt (February 13, 2014). "Kenny Aronoff Interview". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  9. ^ "Kenny Aronoff". Drummer World. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Kenny Aronoff on drumming with John Fogerty, John Mellencamp". June 28, 2010.
  11. ^ "Kenny Aronoff". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  12. ^ "The Stone Age Institute Musicians: Kenny Aronoff". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  13. ^ "Aronoff Percussion Scholarship". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  14. ^ "Past Judges". Independent Music Awards. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2011-10-02.
  15. ^ "Musician Kenny Aronoff Born To Beat The Drums". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  16. ^ "Pop and Rock Drummer Kenny Aronoff". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  17. ^ "Uncommon Studios". Retrieved 22 October 2022.
  18. ^ "Kenny Aronoff keeps time with Al Pacino in upcoming film". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  19. ^ "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  20. ^ "Kenny Aronoff". Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  21. ^ "Cool Show: Keep time with rock drummer Kenny Aronoff". Retrieved 2022-09-25.

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