The historic drum company, Slingerland, was founded by H.H. Slingerland in 1912, and is linked to the rich history of jazz drumming.
The Slingerland Drum Company started out as an importer of ukuleles from Germany, but soon set up its own production because it could not meet demand. Soon thereafter, the company began produced their own banjos and guitars.
When the Ludwig Drum Company delved into the banjo market, Slingerland answered by producing drums in 1928.
In 1935, the Radio Kings Series were introduced, and were Slingerland’s flagship snare drums and drum sets until 1957. However, they briefly disappeared from the product line. Between 1960 and 1962, the Radio Kings were reintroduced and remain the premier product for the Slingerland Drum Company.
Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich were both Radio Kings endorsers. And today, vintage drum enthusiasts obsessively collect older Radio Kings.
Through the 1970s and 1980s, the Slingerland Drum Company lost its footing, and in the late 80s, and the company closed. But, in the late 90’s, the Gibson Company revived the Slingerland name, and Slingerland Drums are once again in production.
Some of the most notable drummers that play, or have played, Slingerland:
AJ Nester – Foreign Policy
Antonio “Fito” de la Parra – Canned Heat
Bev Bevan – Electric Light Orchestra
Bobby Columby – Blood Sweat and Tears
Danny Seraphine – Chicago
Joey Stefko – Meat Loaf
Neal Smith – Alice Cooper
Neil Peart – Rush
Nigel Olsson – Elton John
Phil Ehart – Kansas
Ray Mehlbaum – Automatic 7
Rick Brainer – Code of Ethics, Tommy Steele
Tre Cool – Green Day
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