Yes, Karen Carpenter is the best drummer in the world – according to Playboy magazine readers.
In a readers’ poll conducted by Playboy in 1975, they crowned Karen Carpenter the “Best Drummer in the World” – beating out the likes of Carmine Appice, Ringo Starr, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, and John Bonham – who came in second!
Apparently, Mr. Bonham was not exactly pleased with the outcome either, stating “I’d like to have it publicised that I came in after Karen Carpenter in the Playboy drummer poll! She couldn’t last ten minutes with a Zeppelin number.”
Looks to me like maybe readers of Playboy back in ’75 weren’t necessarily “tuned in” to the whole drumming scene, but maybe I’m too quick to judge…..have a listen and decide for yourself…