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

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Entry from December 18, 2016
“What do you get if you cross a drummer with a musician?"/"A bass player.”

A riddle about drummers is:

Q: What do you get if you cross a drummer with a musician?
A: A bass player.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1991.


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 get if you cross a drummer with a musician?
A: A bass player.

Google Groups: rec.humor
REQUEST: drummer jokes
MECAMPBELL
11/2/94
(...)
What do you get when you cross a drummer with a musician?
A bass guitarist

Google Groups: alt.fan.tom-robbins
Something Goofy This Way Comes!
Dave Pearson
1/7/96
Dale Kirby () wrote:
> The concierge looks really upset and says, “No, no, no. The drums must
> never stop! Because after the drums...the bass solo.”

You know, us bass players have a hard time, even harder than drummers:

What do you get if you cross a musician with a drummer?
A bass player!

Google Books
From Blue to Black
By Joel Lane
London: Serpent’s Tail
2000
Pg. 14:
What do you get if you cross a drummer with a musician?
A bass player.

Twitter
thebookgarden
‏@thebookgarden
@Gem_W @Boo2AGooseI what do u get if u cross a drummer with a musician? A Bassplayer!
6:19 PM - 2 Mar 2010

Twitter
Rob
‏@GigerPunk
@int_monologue Better question - What do you get if you cross a drummer with a musician? A bass player.
6:36 PM - 22 Mar 2013

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Sunday, December 18, 2016 • Permalink