The sun will shine a little brighter as he looks down on us
  • 91 years old
  • Born on May 4, 1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan, United States.
  • Passed away on August 5, 2012 in Sherman Oaks, California, United States.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dick Shanahan 91 years old , born on May 4, 1921 and passed away on August 5, 2012. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Richard Geere on 28th August 2018
I worked with Dick from 1990-2005. I was fresh off the boat from the UK, and after joining the Harry James Orch on piano, Dick took good care of me. He invited me to join the Billy Vaughn Orch for two Japan tours. I was able to film one of his famous drum solos (from the piano) and put a little clip together. Here it is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbZ96S8vf6c I hope his family and friends find it - it's a classic! RIP Dick, and many, many thanks
Posted by Bill Chick on 25th January 2018
My father, Henry Chick was a Dixieland jazz drummer back in the 50's in Marianna, FL. He was stationed at Graham Air Force base as an instructor, having flown combat in the Pacific. He and some fellow pilots formed a pretty good little band and played at the officers club and local parades, etc. Anyway, I learned to appreciate the role of the drummer in jazz music as a small boy. Around 2003 or so, I started attending the Sweet and Hot Music Festival in LA with my Dad and Mom. Some of the venues there are very small and intimate, one of which was the Hangover Room, or something like that. I sat within a few feet of Dick and was literally mesmerized by his talent. The first time I saw him do that thing where he would strike the hi-hats from underneath, I flipped out. He was always so congenial and nice to my Mom, who idolized him and followed him wherever he went. She always insisted on getting her picture taken with him and he humbly obliged. He was by far and away the most sought after drummer and was always there when the best of the best were assembled on stage. I was heart-broken when I found out about the Sweet and Hot being cancelled, but in all honesty, it wouldn't have been the same without him. May he rest in peace, knowing how much joy he spread in his time.
Posted by Corey Smith on 5th August 2017
Missing you so much!
Posted by Kelly Shanahan on 4th May 2016
Happy Birthday Dad.
Posted by John Powers on 25th December 2015
MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016 from Portland, Oregon. Finding this Tribute Site was my best present of the day! I was watching the Absent Minded Professor this morning with my grandchildren and googled Dick for fun and voila! Kelly, I played Little League baseball with Timmy and my dad (Cliff) ran the snack shack. I remember you and Kathy and I believe you had a younger brother also. Just wanted to say "hi" and in regards to your dad--he was smooth. He talked, walked and played smooth. I remember that he would take us to Disneyland and let us run "WILD" while he performed with the Dixieland Band. Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom & Tim, but I hope & pray that you and the rest of your family is well and have a great 2016. John Powers
Posted by Kelly Shanahan on 6th August 2015
Rest in peace Dad. Thanks for sharing your wisdom while you were here. I love you. Tell Mom and Tim i love them too.
Posted by Corey Smith on 5th August 2015
I can't believe It's been 3 years. We miss you everyday Love you so much
Posted by Kelly Shanahan on 4th May 2015
Happy Birthday Dad. I love you.
Posted by Corey Smith on 6th August 2014
Thinking of you today your are so missed by everyone who loves you!
Posted by Allan Prce on 12th July 2014
I am a 75 year old drummer who first heard Dicks drumming on a 1949 jazz concert with the Charlie Barnet band. What a swinging drummer with a great sense of time. His soloing was exciting and original .I studied jazz drumming with Stanley Spector in 1955 til 1973, on and off Dick reminded me of Jake Hanna when he was with Woody Herman's band..I'm still drumming with a band. I love drumming.
Posted by Kelly Shanahan on 26th March 2014
Kelly.....Your Dad, Dick was a class act. His kindness to me at 16 was just wonderful. I 'm so glad we got together in our later years. Ed Shaughnessy 4 hours ago via mobile Dec. 10'th, 2012
Posted by Cheryl Lippard on 26th November 2013
Just came across a signed photo which my mother, Ruth Knopp Richman had of Dick when he played with Will Osborne. He was the drummer in Ruth's band in Battle Creek called Boots N Her Buddies. She followed his career and was thrilled that he had been in her band.
Posted by Chris Williams on 12th September 2013
Very sorry to hear of Dick's passing. Dick swung my father, Keith Williams Orchestra. As a frustrated drummer myself, I would stand behind Dick and watch. Wow, what a gas it was! I still remember in amazement how he could conduct a conversation with me while playing Sing, Sing, Sing & then say watch this, and come up with some incredible run. Godspeed Dick & thank you so much.

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