Beyond the Beat: Lynyrd Skynyrd/Damn Yankees drummer Michael Cartellone

You may not know his name but chances are you've heard his pulsing beat. For the past 20 years, Michael Cartellone has been behind the drums for one of rock and roll's most iconic bands, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Lynyrd Skynyrd. Before that he was a founding member of 90's rock super group Damn Yankees. In between were studio stints on albums by Cher, the late Freddie Mercury, Vince Neil, and many others plus a year on the road with another rock and roll hall of famer, Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty.

It's a career that has seen chart topping hits, platinum records, sold out performances and memories that will last a lifetime. And for Michael Cartellone, none of it would have happened if it hadn't been for a visit to a cousin's house.

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