Well, I didn't mean to suggest he was unknown. Just
that he's certainly not one of the names I see so frequently
mentioned. I should have explained that more carefully.
In all my reading, I didn't recall mention of his death. I
certainly didn't know that. Apparently, my reading is
not as thorough as I'd thought, because I found the
following passage at:
"On April 24, 1992 he collapsed following a clinic at North Texas State
University and he spent four months in a vegetative state. There was nothing
the doctors could do to bring him back from the coma. He lingered for months
in a Nashville hospice and I hoped and prayed that he would somehow beat the
odds and recover even though the best medical minds said he had suffered
irreversible brain damage. I had forgotten about writing a book, I just
wanted my friend back. He was down to earth and one of the nicest guys I
ever knew and I missed him. As summer began turning to fall, I got the news
from George Lunn, Chet Atkins' road manager, that Larrie had passed away. On
August 24, 1992 the world had lost its greatest drummer."
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Post by Anonymous
As I often do, I got on a binge about reading everything
available concerning a specific player of interest.
This recent binge began with Ron Tutt, but then migrated
to Larrie Londin. Based on his contributions over the last
40 years, it sounds like he's one of the most popular unk-
nowns. Actually, I didn't mean unknowns, I probably
should say lower profile.
Anyone here know him?
I never knew him personally but I do know his son quite well.
Larrie was FAR from an unknown in the drum world. He was THE
session guy in Nashville for decades back in the 70's-80's. He
played on just about everything that came out of Nashville back
then. I've actually heard that he was the guy who got Eddie
Bayers started in the drum session world. Rumor has it that Eddie
was playing piano on a session that Larrie was on. He was there
early and the cartage company was setting up Larrie's kit. Eddie
dabbled with drums as well as played piano so he sat down at the kit
and was noodling around when Larrie walked in. Larrie heard him
and said "Man, you play great! You should do drum sessions too. I
have piles of stuff I have to turn down all the time and I can throw
it your way if you want." He gave a Eddie a kit to use and started
turning him onto demos and things that he got called for but couldn't
fit into the schedule. Eddie did so well that he became the next
Larrie. I don't know how accurate the story is but I've heard
variations of it over my years in Nashville. I'll have to ask Eddie
next time I see him.
I didn't listen to country music at all back then and didn't really
learn about Larrie until he started popping up in the rock/pop world
with artists like Belew and Steve Perry. He did Perry's "Street
Talk" album and people outside of Nashville suddenly were all over him
to play on their rock stuff. He also did the majority of Journey's
"Rasied On Radio"--the record where Perry insisted that Steve Smith
and Ross Valory had to go. That record STILL gives me
goosebumps. Larrie just absolutely KILLED on it.
Jim Riley, who plays with Rascal Flatts is a close friend and was at
the clinic at North Texas State where Larrie passed away. He said
he was playing and then just suddenly slumped over and fell on the
floor. They brought in EMT's and took him away on a stretcher.
Everyone found out later that he had died. Sad. What a loss.