Despite drummers being the backbone of bands, they are often overlooked, whether in articles, interviews or as an object of desire. Well, as tradition dictates, all the attention always goes to the vocalist or the bass player; let's say they have more "personality".
People see Ringo, always at the end, always the last one on the lists, always the one that appears at the edge of the photos... but what happens when the drummer has an amazing hair, perfect legs, enigmatic eyes and yes, it’s a girl?
That's right, there are women out there who have defined contemporary music, not only as singers of a band but also as instrumentalists and in this specific case, as drummers that have shown the world their talent. It's impossible to mention all of them but they're some that through whipping the drums have gained a privileged place in a world that men still dominate: the rock music.
Cindy Blackman Santana - Santana, Lenny Kravitz, etc.
Cindy Blackman is mainly a jazz and rock drummer. American. Also, she's being known as the wife of Carlos Santana, her work is recognized as part of Lenny Kravitz's band. In 1997 he recorded Multiplicity, a video in which he teaches how to play drums.
Samantha Maloney - Hole, Peaches, etc.
Maloney replaced in 1998 the original member, Patty Schemel. She demonstrated her skills and shortly after was called to play in other formations such as Mötley Crüe, Eagles of Death Metal, Peaches, and Chelsea Girls (along with Allison Robertson of The Donnas and Corey Parks, bassist of Nashville Pussy). She currently works as manager of the Los Angeles based band, Cherri Bomb. Samantha studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, one of the most prestigious schools of musical arts in New York.
Karen Carpenter - The Carpenters
She's a true shooting star of melodic voice, but also one of the best drummers of all time. A broken doll, her sad ending because of anorexia due to the pressure to which she was subjected, could be seen coming, but still, it deeply affected everyone. She formed one of the most famous duos of the seventies with her brother. Although her role as a drummer is less known as the one of a singer, the fact is that Karen was a master of the drums, being chosen as the best drummer of the year by readers of Playboy Magazine in 1975.
Meg White - White Stripes
The alleged "sister" of his bandmate, Jack White (who eventually turned out to be his ex-wife), is one of the most recognized drummers of today. Meg sings in addition to playing, for example in songs like "In the Cold, Cold Night". Some will think that maybe Meg isn't one of the most remarkable behind the high hats, but the truth is that her presence on stage doesn't leave anyone indifferent.
Sandy West - The Runaways
Another pioneer that marked the reference for women who wanted to play this instrument. Sandy West joined the Runaways after the incorporation of Joan Jett. She had been playing drums since she was 9 years old and joined the band at 17, and she toured with the group until 1979, when they separated. Then she continued working on her solo career until her death in 2006.