Drummer Frankie Dunlop Dead at 85

Played with Monk, Ellington, Rollins and others

Frankie Dunlop

Drummer and percussionist Frankie Dunlop has passed away at age of 85. A specific date and cause have not been divulged by the musician’s family, but Dunlop was known to have been ill for some time.

According to a press release, Dunlop turned professional at age 16 and subsequently worked with Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus and Lionel Hampton, among others.

A memorial-celebration of Frankie Dunlop’s life is being held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7 p.m., at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York.

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Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer he has contributed to the New York Daily News, JazzTimes, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has also served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records.