a sad day for metal

Drummer Louie Bellson died on Valentine’s Day. He was made famous drumming and composing for Duke Ellington. The reason it’s a sad day for metal is that Bellson pioneered the double-bass drum setup. He came up with it in high school at the age of 14. He grew up to play stuff like this:

That double bass idea gave way to stuff like this:

Thanks Louie. Rest In Peace.

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    Wow. And can you imagine playing in a suit? Thanks, Louie. You rocked before there was rock.