During one of Brubeck's tours in 1956, his then drummer suddenly quit the band and a frantic search was made for a replacement for the remaining two weeks of the tour. Joe Morello agreed to fill in as the temporary, stand-in drummer. Twelve years later, he had recorded his 60th album as an integral member of that classic Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Joe Morello, that drummer extraordinaire, died on 12 Mar 2011, aged 82 years old. Thank you, Joe, you're the greatest!