Ralph Humphrey Death – Well-known American drummer Ralph Humphrey has passed away. Ralph Humphrey best known for his work with Frank Zappa was announced dead on Tuesday, the 18th of April 2023. He died at the age of 79. Ralph Humphrey, a resident of Fort Bragg, California was a giant in the drumming community. From playing with Frank Zappa to becoming one of the most highly qualified and respected drum teachers on the planet.
Ralph….as we all reach for heaven to shake hands with you one more time….back here on the ground we will never forget you. Never forget your generosity with what you taught us. You are with me always …in my playing. In my concepts of music and life. I hope you were at peace in this world and as I listen to this track…One that I played along to and dreamed too for so many years…I remember my time as a student with you. And I hope to live up to what you left me. Love always.
What happened to Ralph Humphrey?
While the cause of Ralph Humphrey’s death is yet to be confirmed, social media users speculate that he was battling cancer. Thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this difficult time. Ralph’s reputation as a drummer and teacher speaks for itself, and he will be missed by many.
Who was Ralph Humphrey?
Ralph Humphrey was born on May 11, 1944. His past work with the Don Ellis Big Band and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention gave him the knowledge and skills to talk, teach, and write about rhythm and how it is used in modern drumming, influencing and teaching generations of drummers.
In 1973, Humphrey joined the band, Frank Zappa. On the albums Over-Nite Sensation, Apostrophe, Roxy & Elsewhere, and You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1, You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3, and You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4 You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6 includes Piquantique, Unmitigated Audacity, The Lost Episodes, Lather, and The Roxy Performances.
Ralph had a very busy music career. He played for many movies, TV shows, and records, such as American Idol, The Emmys, Star Trek Enterprise, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad, to name a few. Ralph has worked with Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand, and Bette Midler on recordings and tours.
Ralph Humphrey obituary and funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by the family.
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