A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 06, 2014
“What do you call someone who hangs around musicians?"/"A drummer.”

Drummers have been the subject of many jokes. One popular joke is:

Q: What doyou call someone who hangs out with musicians?
A: A drummer.


It’s not known who first told the joke, but the joke has been popular since at least the late 1980s or early 1990s. THe following was cited in print in 1987:

“What do you call a deaf guy that hangs around with musicians? A drummer.”


Google Books
Musician
Issues 99-104
1987
Pg. ?:
(He does, however, recognize that the situation can be troublesome for others and cites the old joke: “What do you call a deaf guy that hangs around with musicians? A drummer.")

27 July 1991, New Musical Express, “LAUGH? I NEARLY BOUGHT A ROUND! A short guide to roadie humour,” pg. 16, col. 5:
Q: What do you call a guy who hangs around musicians?
A: A drummer.

Google News Archive
4 July 1993, The Blade (Toledo, OH), “Humor & harmony: Jokes are a part of orchestra life” by Willa J. Conrad, sec. G, pg. 1, col. 5:
Q: What do you call someone who hangs around with musiians?
A: A drummer.


Los Angeles (CA) Times
Laugh Lines : Jokes
May 31, 1994
(...)
What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians? A drummer.
--Noreen Clark, L.A. (A drummer’s wife)

Google Groups: rec.music.classical
Musician jokes v2.0
boB
9/1/94
(...)
Q: What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians?  A: A drummer.

4 April 1995, Daily Herald (Chicago, IL), “Sympathies to symphony when Burt’s in the house” by Burt Constable, sec. 1, pg. 10, col. 2:
The percussion section reminds me of a musical joke. What do you call someone who hangs out with musicians?

A drummer.

Yahoo! Music
8 Drummers Who Became Guitarists
By Gavin Edwards (Rolling Stone)
July 3, 2014 12:45 PM
An old joke: “What do you call someone who likes to hang out with musicians? A drummer.” Over the years, musicians have made the transition from a drum kit to a guitar for many reasons, ranging from the need to avoid the physical demands of drumming to the desire to stand up during a show. In fact, some of the world’s greatest guitarists started out behind a kit. And the ex-drummers who don’t make themselves into guitar heroes? Well, at least they have good senses of rhythm.

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Sunday, July 06, 2014 • Permalink