RIP Viola Smith, The "Fastest Girl Drummer"

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I found this about the death of Viola Smith, the "Fastest Girl Drummer in the World" and thought her life story was great; doubt anyone here has ever heard of her. The clip below shows she was a pretty fine drummer. Neil Peart would have been jealous of her kit. She also was 107! RIP.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/loca...0c3758-154a-11eb-bc10-40b25382f1be_story.html



    More from Frances Carroll and the Coquettes:

     
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  2. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Fantastic, awesome looking kit!
     
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  3. rcboals

    rcboals Country Gent

    Nov 21, 2008
    Springfield Oregon
    All girl bands rock! Thanks for posting
     
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  4. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    RIP, thats some great stuff there.
     
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  5. Lionpotato

    Lionpotato Gretschie

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    Awesome talent all around! Thank you for sharing.
     
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  6. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    R.I.P.
    That is awesome, thinking back, we thought that our generation invented the girl bands, how wrong we were.
     
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  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Very cool !
     
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  8. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Synchromatic

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    Quite the drummer indeed. Bless her soul.
     
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  9. oneforsorrow

    oneforsorrow Gretschie

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    May 15, 2020
    Iowa
    Absolute Thunder! I'd never heard of her so thank you for posting this. In my fantasy, time-travel, re-incarnation or whatever mystical means would allow, I'd be a drummer in a big band. I love guitar but drums were my first instrument and I only get to play them when recording. But listening to her play and hearing that monster beat ... that's the way to do it.
     
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  10. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Makes me think of Gene Krupa:

     
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  11. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Here's a short documentary about Viola including an interview. She says she was touted as the female Gene Krupa. "I'm not sure what he thought of it, but I thought it was great."

     
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  12. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I clicked on that first video reluctantly because I’m not really a drum aficionado. How surprised I was. That group of women were fantastic. Even with the drums center stage they complemented the instruments as the instruments did the same for the drums.

    Thanks Doc, that was really enjoyable
     
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  13. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

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  14. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I'd happily head back in time if I could date Frances Carroll while listening to the rest of the Coquettes! :cool: She had red hair and I'm guessing hazel eyes.
     
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  15. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I have a feeling her crowd was the A crowd......:cool:
     
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  16. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    C'mon! I'm a moderately successful family physician in the Midwest from the future! Wouldn't that win me some points with an attractive singer/dancer/ bandleader? :D
     
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  17. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    @drmilktruck Are you tall, dark handsome and most importantly rich and famous?

    Then you better aim for one of the girls in the band :D
     
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  18. oneforsorrow

    oneforsorrow Gretschie

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    I'd date a toad to be able to play drums like that.
     
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  19. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I am tall, blonde not dark, and my wife thought me passably handsome at one time. Not rich but comfortable and have been on national TV a few times. Is that enough? :)
     
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  20. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

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    Great stuff! RIP:(

    Add a huge gong in the back, and that's Bonzo's kit!;)
     
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