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Allan Schwartzberg

Allan Schwartzberg graphicAllan Schwartzberg is a ‘first-call’ New York session drummer. He does everything from jingles to sound tracks to record dates, and does them so well that he has had one of the longest running careers of any musician in this trendy, stressful and highly competitive business.

Allan Schwartzberg is a ‘first-call’ New York session drummer. He does everything from jingles to sound tracks to record dates, and does them so well that he has had one of the longest running careers of any musician in this trendy, stressful and highly competitive business.Allan Schwartzberg graphic

“Allan has played with such diverse artists as Stan Getz, Peter Gabriel, Mountain and James Brown. He’s also one of the original disco drummers, playing on such dance classics as Gloria Gaynor’s Never Can Say Goodbye,Tony Camillo’s Bazuka’s Dynomite, and Meco’s Theme From Star Wars. And the rampant sampling of James Brown’s Funky President has made Allan’s beat the sound of ’90s hip-hop. Allan is one of the unsung heroes of this game. By way of introduction, I’ll simply let Allan speak for himself.
– from the introduction to the interview by Jim Payne

The Contessa's PartyThorne: SprawlAllan has contributed percussion to both Thorne CDs, Sprawl (1999) and The Contessa’s Party (2006).

Interviewed by Mike Thorne
at the Stereo Society, December 13, 1999
Interviewed by Jim Payne
from Give The Drummers Some, 1996
The Working Drummer By Robert Santelli
from Modern Drummer, December 1988
Cab Chases And Smart Moves: A Day In The Life By Chris Doering
from College Musician, Fall 1986

“Allan has played with such diverse artists as Stan Getz, Peter Gabriel, Mountain and James Brown. He’s also one of the original disco drummers, playing on such dance classics as Gloria Gaynor’s Never Can Say Goodbye,Tony Camillo’s Bazuka’s Dynomite, and Meco’s Theme From Star Wars. And the rampant sampling of James Brown’s Funky President has made Allan’s beat the sound of ’90s hip-hop. Allan is one of the unsung heroes of this game. By way of introduction, I’ll simply let Allan speak for himself.
– from the introduction to the interview by Jim Payne

Allan has contributed percussion to both Thorne CDs, Sprawl (1999) and The Contessa’s Party (2006).

The Contessa's PartyThorne: Sprawl

Interviewed by Mike Thorne
at the Stereo Society, December 13, 1999
Interviewed by Jim Payne
from Give The Drummers Some, 1996
The Working Drummer By Robert Santelli
from Modern Drummer, December 1988
Cab Chases And Smart Moves: A Day In The Life By Chris Doering
from College Musician, Fall 1986

Selected Early Discography
Harry Chapin
Verities and Balderdash
1974 Elektra 1012
Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow II
1974 Arista 4016
Jimi Hendrix
Crash Landing
1975 Reprise 2204
Jimi Hendrix
Midnight Lightning
1975 Reprise 2229
James Brown
Reality
1975 Polydor 6039
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
1975 Warner Bros. 2896
Meco
Star Wars & Other Galactic Funk
1976 Millennium 8001
Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
1977 Casablanca 826239
Roberta Flack
Blue Lights in the Basement
1978 Atlantic 19149
John Tropea
NY Cats Direct
1978 DMP CD-453
Barbra Streisand
Songbird
1978 Columbia 35375
Peter Criss
Peter Criss
1978 Casablanca 7122
The Spinners
Dancin’ and Lovin’
1980 Atlantic 12956
Roxy Music
Flesh And Blood
1980 Atco 32102
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
1982 Atco 36147
Roger Daltrey
Parting Should Be Painless
1984 Atlantic 19256
Kiss
Asylum
1985 Mercury 826099

Singles
Dawn w/ Tony Orlando
Tie A Yellow Ribbon
1973 Bell 45318
Gloria Gaynor
Never Can Say Goodbye
1974 MGM 14748
James Brown
Funky President
1974 Polydor 14258
Meco
Theme From Star Wars
1977 Millennium 604
Roxy Music
Dance Away
1979 Atco 7100