That fact alone can be the reason for drummers and singers to be at loggerheads. Most drummers don't understand the underlying factor of a vocalist's fear that the voice may or may not be there that causes them to act out.
This does not mean that you take any crap from a singer just that you have to adjust your thinking about what goes on their head. I know this by virtue of 44 years of experience. I am still known as a singer's drummer although I wasn't sure in my younger days if that moniker was a compliment or not. I came to realize that it was the highest possible compliment. It meant that I listened, that I had a strong knowledge of styles and repetiore and that I understood dynamics.
What I learned from that gig led me on my lifelong journey of studying the sounds of many of the great players who lent their talents to many great singers.
The great Irv Cottler worked with Frank Sinatra both live and in the studio and is one of my heroes. His bedrock groove made every Sinatra recording a "Swingin' Affair".
What can you say about Grady Tate that hasn't already been said. Some of the singers he backed include Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne. By the way, Grady is a fine singer himself!
DJ Fontana was Elvis Presleys first and in my opinion his best drummer. He heard and responded to everything that Elvis did and in the studio kept it simple and rocking.
Working and recording with singers is still a great part of the music business. Before I close I'd like to apologize to the many drummers who I did not have time to mention, But they like the Greats mentioned in this blog all have the important elements necessary, Musicianship, Empathy and most of all SWING!
See you next week.