Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa
1909 - 1973

Gene Krupa  American Drummer


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Gene Krupa passed away on 16th Oct 1973 aged 64.


Gene Krupa was previously married to Patty Bowler (1959 - 1968) and Ethel McGuire (1946 - 1955).

He was in relationships with Dinah Shore and Lana Turner.

Gene Krupa had encounters with Anita O'Day (1942), Virginia Hill (1940) and Lionel Hampton.


American Drummer Gene Krupa was born Eugene Bertram Krupa on 15th January, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois and passed away on 16th Oct 1973 Yonkers, NY aged 64. He is most remembered for The first drummer inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. His zodiac sign is Capricorn.

Gene Krupa is a member of the following lists: Benny Goodman Orchestra members, 20th-century American musicians and RCA Victor artists.


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Relationship Statistics

Married2 22 years 16 years 10 years
Dating2 - - -
Encounter3 77 years, 10 months 26 years, 7 months -
Total7 77 years, 10 months 16 years, 7 months 10 years


First Name Gene
Last Name Krupa
Full Name at Birth Eugene Bertram Krupa
Age 64 (age at death) years
Birthday 15th January, 1909
Birthplace Chicago, Illinois
Died 16th October, 1973
Place of Death Yonkers, NY
Cause of Death Leukemia and heart failure
Height 5' 8" (173 cm)
Build Slim
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Sexuality Straight
Religion Roman Catholic
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
University St. Joseph`s College, 1924-25
Occupation Text American jazz and big band drummer, actor and composer
Occupation Drummer
Claim to Fame The first drummer inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame
Music Genre (Text) Jazz, swing, dixieland, big band
Music Genre Jazz
Year(s) Active 1920s–1973
Music Style Big Band, Dixieland, Swing
Music Mood Party/Celebratory, Refined/Mannered, Amiable/Good-Natured, Cheerful, Joyous, Carefree, Stylish, Exuberant, Playful, Boisterous, Fun
Instrument Drums, Leader
Instrument (text) Drums
Associated Acts Eddie Condon, Benny Goodman, Louie Bellson, Anita O'Day
Official Websites
Father Bartlomiej Krupa
Mother Anna Oslowski Krupa
Brother Clarence Krupa, Casimir Krupa, Leo Krupa, Peter Krupa, Julius Krupa
Sister Eleanor Krupa
Friend Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan, Buddy Rich, Roy Eldridge, Sanford A. Moeller, Glenn Miller, Red Nichols

Eugene Bertram "Gene" Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was an American jazz and big band drummer, band leader, actor, and composer. Known for his highly energetic, flamboyant style and for his showmanship, Krupa is considered one of the most influential drummers in jazz history and one of the first major soloists on the instrument.

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Gene Krupa64 CapricornDrummer
Patty Bowler-
Anita O'Day87 LibraSinger
Virginia Hill49 VirgoCriminal
Ethel McGuire-
Lionel Hampton94 AriesPercussionist
Dinah Shore77 PiscesSinger
Lana Turner74 AquariusActress




The Benny Goodman Story1956Gene KrupaMovie
Make Believe Ballroom1949Drummer Gene KrupaMovie
Glamour Girl1948Gene KrupaMovie
Smart Politics1948Gene KrupaMovie
Beat the Band1947Gene KrupaMovie
Follow That Music1946Gene KingMovie
George White's Scandals1945Gene Krupa (as Gene Krupa His Drums and His Band)Movie
The Shining Future1944Gene KrupaShort Film
Syncopation1942Gene KrupaMovie
Ball of Fire1941Gene Krupa - Orchestra LeaderMovie
Some Like It Hot1939Gene KrupaMovie
Hollywood Hotel1937Benny Goodman Drummer (uncredited)Movie
The Big Broadcast of 19371936Band DrummerMovie
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