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Victor Berton
Birth: May 7, 1896
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 26, 1951
Hollywood
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Jazz Drummer. His father was a theatre violinist and teacher. Vic, a child prodigy, was hired as regular pit drummer for the Alhambra Theatre in Milwaukee at the age of 7, and while in his teens, he studied with Josef Zettleman of Chicago Symphony. During the 1920s, he played with well-known Paul Whiteman, Vincent Lopez and other commercial dance bands. He popularized the use of 'hot tympani' using a pair of machine kettledrums to play bass parts for novelty effects. He is said to be one of the first drummers, if not the first, to have transferred the cymbal from a place fixed to the bass drum, to its subsequent standard position as a separate instrument to be played by hand. Berton was also a featured soloist in several concerts with the LA Philharmonic, and was chosen by Igor Stravinsky as percussionist for West Coast performances of L'histoire dusoldat. (bio by: TLS) 
 
Burial:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Chapel Columbarium, 2nd floor, north wall, T-3, N-10
 
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Originally Created by: TLS
Record added: Sep 26, 2003
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