Buddy Rich Net Worth

Buddy Rich Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Bernard ‘Buddy’ Rich net worth is
$5 Million

Bernard ‘Buddy’ Rich Wiki Biography

Bernard ‘Buddy’ Rich was born on the 30th September 1917, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, and was a drummer representative of swing, bop and in general the jazz of the big bands. He was one of the best musicians in the field of jazz drumming, recognized for his technique, speed and skill in solos. Rich was active in the entertainment industry from 1919 until his passing in 1987.

How much was the net worth of Buddy Rich? It has been calculated by authoritative sources that the outright size of his wealth was as much as $5 million, converted to the present day. Music was the main source of Rich’s net worth.
To begin with, Rich was born into a family of artists and had already performed at the age of four in a concert. At the age of eleven he was already the second highest paid child star in the world.

Buddy Rich Net Worth $5 Million

He first gained experience as a jazz drummer in 1937 with Joe Marsala. At the age of 21, Rich took part in his first major recording with the Vic Schoen Orchestra, then in 1938 he was hired for Tommy Dorseys orchestra, where he met Frank Sinatra. In 1942, Rich left the Dorseys when he joined US Marine Corps. Two years later he left the Navy, and again became a member of Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra, then with Sinatra’s financial help, Rich founded his own big band in 1946, in which he also often proved his considerable talent as a singer.

In addition to his own big band projects, Buddy Rich also appeared as a drummer in the 1950s and 1960s with the Dorsey Brothers, Woody Herman, Harry James and Count Basie. Rich’s virtuosic mastery of the drums influenced generations of drummers from all musical genres worldwide. Together with Gene Krupa and Max Roach, Rich created legendary spectacular drum duels. His charisma and his strong personality were highly appreciated in the music business. He was regarded as a pedantic perfectionist who took the stage presence of his big band very seriously, sometimes to the suffering of his band members, of whom he demanded absolute attention and concentration. He appreciated the individuality of a musician, so he always praised other drummers like Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Mel Lewis and Steve Gadd. One of his last appearances as a bandleader was the legendary “Concert for the Americas” with Frank Sinatra in 1982 in Altos de Chavón in the Dominican Republic, which was recorded and released on DVD in 2010.

Rich fell ill with a brain tumor in 1987 and suffered a heart attack after emergency surgery. He was buried at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Two years after Rich’s death, a memorial concert, he was held in which some of the world’s best drummers, including Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Marvin Smitty Smith, Steve Smith, Neil Peart and Louie Bellson played. This “Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert” was released on DVD. The drummer Neil Peart produced two CDs entitled “Burning for Buddy – A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich”.

Finally, in the personal life of Buddy Rich, he was married to Marrie Allison. They had one child.

Full NameBuddy Rich
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 30, 1917, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
DiedApril 2, 1987, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionAmerican jazz drummer, bandleader
EducationAbraham Lincoln High School
SpouseMarie Allison (m. 1952–1987, his death)
ChildrenCathy Rich
ParentsBess (née Skolnik), Robert Rich
SiblingsMarjorie Rich, Jo Rich, Martin Rich, Bugle Call Rag, West Side Story Medley, Groovin' Hard
AwardsGrammy Awards - President's Merit Award (1988)
Record LabelsClef, Norgran, Blue Note, Groove Merchant, Verve, RCA, Pacific Jazz, Mercury, MCA, Argo, Liberty, EmArcy
AlbumsBird and Diz (1950), Rich à la Rakha (1968), Swingin' New Big Band (1966), The Lost West Side Story Tapes (DVD, 1985), Rich Versus Roach (1959), Compact Jazz: Buddy Rich (1987)
Music GroupsVic Schoen Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey's orchestra, Vic Schoen Orchestra
NominationsAnnual Grammy Awards - Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band (1967-1969, 1971, 1977)
MoviesMetal Evolution (documentary, 2011)
TV ShowsDancing Co-Ed (1939), Las Vegas Nights (1941), The Mike Douglas Show (1975), Sinatra: Concert for the Americas (1982), Buddy Rich and His Band: Channel One Suite (1985), The Muppet Show (1981), The Steve Allen Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), The Merv Griffin Show
Las Vegas Nights (1941)$15 /day
1My manager would call me and be like, "Buddy, do this rock album, Buddy, do this country album" and I would always hang up on him. Rock music I don't listen to regularly, but there's some adequate bands. Country music is bottom of the barrel trash that appeals to those who need everything spelled out for them.
2Rock music is the landing spot for drummers with poor to mediocre technique.
3I don't care about notes. I care about time. If you're in my band, you must play my time.
4I don't put much emphasis on practice, anyhow. I think it's a fallacy to believe that the more you practice, the better you become. You can only get better by playing. You can sit in a basement with a set of drums and practice rudiments all day long, but unless you play with a band, you won't learn style, technique and taste, and you won't learn how to play with a band and for a band. Once you get a job, any kind of job, it's an opportunity to develop. And practice, besides that, is boring. I know music teachers who tell their students to practice three, four, six hours a day. If you can't get what you want after one hour of practice, you're not going to get it in four days.
5There is no greatest or fastest in music. It's just impossible. There probably is a boy somewhere in Idaho that no one's ever heard of who's probably better than anyone else.
6Ringo Starr was adequate. No more than that.
7[about close friend legendary drummer Gene Krupa] Gene was the first one who made it possible for guys like me to become popular--to be noticed. We all owe him a great deal of gratitude.
1Could not read music.
2His wife Marie was a dancer and show girl. They married in 1952 and had one daughter, Cathy, in 1954.
3A big early influence on Phil Collins, who bought his live album "Swingin' New Big Band" in 1966. After reading Rich's opinion on the importance of hi-hats, Collins stopped using two bass drums and started using the hi-hat. Roger Taylor from Queen has also paid tribute, saying, "Of just sheer technique, he's the best I've ever seen".
4Asked by a nurse while being prepared for surgery in hospital, whether he was allergic to anything, he replied, "only country music".
5Notoriously short-tempered, he often clashed with other volatile stars, including Frank Sinatra. On TV chat shows he had a reputation for insulting or acerbic remarks, particularly regarding pop singers he found wanting.
6Started as a child tap dancer on Broadway at the age of four. Subsequently performed in vaudeville (also as a drummer) and formed his own band at the age of 11. Was hired by Joe Marsala in 1937, and, during the swing era, played drums in the bands of Artie Shaw, Bunny Berigan, Benny Carter, Harry James and Tommy Dorsey.
7Formed a sextet in April 1974, which played at his own nightclub, 'Buddy's Place', on New York's Second Avenue.
8Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1986.
9See also The Buddy Rich Big Band and Buddy Rich and His Orchestra for additional credits.
10Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 728-729. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
11His personalized license plate read, "B RICH".
12Started playing drums at the age of two. He was than known as "Traps the drum wonder"
13Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1981.
14Was widely regarded as the greatest jazz drummer in the world during his time.
15Was one of the highest paid sidemen in the jazz field when he left Harry James in 1966 to start his own big band.
16Held a black belt in karate.
17Cousin of actor Jonathan Haze.
18Gained fame as a drummer in swing bands and jazz bands.


The Leftovers2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Whiplash2014performer: "Cathy's Song" / writer: "Cathy's Song"
Bi no tsubo2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Metal Evolution2011TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
...Sings The Beatles2009TV Movie documentary performer: "Norwegian Wood"
So You Think You Can Dance2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Freaks and Geeks2000TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Simple Wish1997performer: "From the Sticks" 1959 / writer: "From the Sticks" 1959
Sinatra: Concert for the Americas1982Video performer: "Prologue" from 'West Side Story', "The Jet Song" From 'West Side Story' - uncredited
The Mike Douglas Show1975TV Series performer - 1 episode
Playboy's Penthouse1961TV Series performer - 1 episode
Les tricheurs1958"Desperate Desmond"
Ship Ahoy1942performer: "Hawaiian War Chant Ta-Hu-Wa-Ha-Hai" 1936 uncredited, "I'll Take Tallulah" 1942
Las Vegas Nights1941performer: "The Trombone Man Is the Best Man in the Land" - uncredited
Dancing Co-Ed1939performer: "Gangbusters" - uncredited


Here's Lucy1970TV SeriesBuddy Rich
Away We Go1967TV Series
Visit to a Small Planet1960Drummer (uncredited)
The Marge and Gower Champion Show1957TV SeriesCozy
General Electric Theater1955TV SeriesGeorge
Columbia Thrills of Music: Buddy Rich and His Orchestra1949ShortOrchestra Leader
The Great Morgan1946Drummer (uncredited)
Thrill of a Romance1945Member Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (uncredited)
Du Barry Was a Lady1943Member Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (uncredited)
How's About It1943Orchestra Leader
Ship Ahoy1942Drummer in Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (uncredited)
Las Vegas Nights1941Orchestra Drummer (uncredited)
Dancing Co-Ed1939Drummer (uncredited)

Music Department

Girl Crazy1943musician: drums - uncredited


The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1966-1988TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest / ...
Wogan1986TV SeriesHimself
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
Buddy Rich and His Band: Channel One Suite1985Himself - Leader and Drums
Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got1985DocumentaryHimself
Looks Familiar1982TV SeriesHimself
Sinatra: Concert for the Americas1982VideoHimself - Drummer
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1981TV SeriesHimself - Jazz Drummer / Himself - Drummer / Himself
The Muppet Show1981TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest Star
The Merv Griffin Show1978TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1977TV SeriesHimself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
I've Got a Secret1976TV SeriesHimself
Cotton Club '751974TV MovieHimself
Frank Sinatra: The Main Event1974TV Movie documentaryHimself - Audience Member
In Concert1973TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
Louis Armstrong: 1900 - 19711971TV Movie documentaryHimself
Happy Days1970TV SeriesHimself
Playboy After Dark1969-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Royal Variety Performance 19691969TV SpecialHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1967-1969TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Band Leader / Drummer
The Kraft Music Hall1969TV SeriesHimself
The London Palladium Show1968TV SeriesHimself - and his Orchestra
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
Away We Go1967TV SeriesHimself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHimself - Bachelor Judge
The Garry Moore Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Playboy's Penthouse1961TV SeriesHimself
One Night Stand: The World of Lenny Bruce1959TV Special documentaryHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1958TV SeriesHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1948-1956TV SeriesHimself - Drummer
Music 551955TV Series documentaryHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1955TV SeriesHimself - Drummer
We, the People1951TV SeriesHimself
Floor Show1949TV SeriesHimself
Adventures in Jazz1949TV SeriesHimself
Buddy Rich and His Orchestra1948ShortHimself
Upbeat in Music1943Documentary shortHimself - Drummer
Artie Shaw's Class in Swing1939ShortHimself (uncredited)
Symphony of Swing1939ShortHimself - Drummer (uncredited)
Buddy Traps in 'Sound Effects'1930ShortHimself - Drummer (as Buddy Traps)

Archive Footage

Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Here's Lucy Spotlight: Desi Arnaz Jr.2012Video documentary shortClips from 'Here's Lucy'
...Sings The Beatles2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009DocumentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Milton Berle Show: The Lost Elvis2003VideoHimself
Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years1998Video documentaryHimself
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Muppet Video: Muppet Treasures1985VideoHimself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
The Hollywood Palace1970TV SeriesHimself
Jazz Ball1956TV Movie documentaryHimself

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