Frank DeVito


Oral History Information

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Job Title
Studio Musician, Founder
Company Name
Danmar Percussion Products

Frank DeVito  was the drummer and percussionist in the group of studio musicians in Hollywood known as the Wrecking Crew. His long career as a jazz player gave him the chance to work with Charlie Parker, Buddy DeFranco, Frank Sinatra, and several big bands. As a rock musician in the studios, Frank recorded with Elvis Presley, Sonny & Cher, as well as Sam Cooke. He created several percussive instruments beginning in 1970 under his company Danmar and befriended many of the greats in the manufacturing side of the industry, including Remo Belli and Armand Zildjian.