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Buddy Rich
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Birth Date:September 30, 1917
Astrology Sign:Libra
Chinese Sign:Snake - Yang
Birth Name:Bernard Rich
Birth Place:Brooklyn, NY
Died Date:April 2, 1987


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Buddy Rich

Biography:Buddy Rich (September 30, 1917 - April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" and was known for his technique, power, speed and ability to improvise.

He was born to Jewish parents in Brooklyn, New York on September 30, 1917. It was his father who initially realized Buddy's talent for rhythm, when Buddy could keep a steady beat with a drumstick at the age of one. He began playing drums in vaudeville when he was 18 months old, billed as Traps the Drum Wonder. At 11 he was performing as a bandleader. He received no professional drum instruction.

In 1937 he entered jazz with Joe Marsala's group, then played with Bunny Berigan (1938), Artie Shaw (1939), Tommy Dorsey (1939-1942, 1945, 1954-1955), Benny Carter (1942), Harry James (1953-1956), Les Brown, Charlie Ventura, and Jazz at the Philharmonic, as well as leading his own band and performing with all-star groups. For most of the period from 1966 until his death, he led a successful big band in an era when the popularity of big bands had waned from its peak in the 1930s and 40s. His most popular performance was a big band arrangement of West Side Story. He was also known as a very short tempered and irritable bandleader.

Buddy Rich died April 2, 1987. Reportedly, among his last words prior to surgery when asked by a nurse if he was allergic to anything were, "Yes ... country music!" He is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

Chinese Horoscope for Buddy Rich
Includes characteristics and Vices
Buddy Rich's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: January 23, 1917 - February 10, 1918
Birthday: September 30, 1917

The Snake is a Yang,
and is the Sixth sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Numerology is used to calculate tarot cards

Buddy Rich's Personality Tarot Card The Hanged Man - Personality Card

Birthday: September 30, 1917

A sacrifice must be made in order to gain something of great value.

Buddy Rich's Character Tarot Card The Empress - Character Card

Birthday: September 30, 1917

Abundance, fruitfulness and fertility; perhaps marriage or children.

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Based on this year's birthday

Buddy Rich's Growth Tarot Card Death

Birthday: September 30, 2017

Changes: the end of the old and the birth of the new.




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