- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 8, 2007

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Bobby Rosengarden, the versatile jazz drummer and bandleader who played bongos for Harry Belafonte and laid down a beat for Jimi Hendrix during a “Dick Cavett Show” performance, died Feb. 27 of kidney failure, his family said. He was 82.

Mr. Rosengarden played percussion for Duke Ellington, Igor Stravinsky, Dick Hyman, Arlo Guthrie and many other famous musicians. He was one of the original drummers on “The Tonight Show” and served up one-liners as bandleader on “The Dick Cavett Show” from 1969 to 1974.

Mr. Rosengarden was born in 1924 in Elgin, Ill., and studied music at the University of Michigan.

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