1920 – 1984
Nonpareil drummer, beloved band leader, respected night club owner/operator, and composer for Hollywood, television (“Daktari") and jazz groups, Manne was also a successful breeder of trotting horses. Despite his virtuosity on the drums, Manne was famous for not taking marathon solos and not hogging the spotlight. He had been a part of the jazz scene since his teenage years in the 1930’s and was instrumental in establishing the West Coast or Cool style in the 50’s.
Absolutely no one had a bad word to say regarding the leader of “Shelly Manne and His Men” or the club owner of “Shelly’s Manne-Hole”. Everyone remembered him as witty, fun loving, friendly, and, above all, musical. His discography is the size of a phone book. Vibist Emil Richards said, “Manne played music-- not drums.”
Photograph by Roger Kallins. Courtesy of Patricia Darlington.