|6 November 2009 Matti Oiling 1942 - 2009
Legendary Rhythm 'n Blues Drummer Passes
Rhythm 'n blues drummer Matti Oiling has passed away. He died peacefully at
a Fuengirola hospital in Spain on Thursday, 5 November 2009. Oiling, leader
of the Oiling Boiling Rhythm 'n Blues Band, was Scandinavia's, let alone his
native Finland's, leading drummer in the roots music field.
Oiling was 66 years old.
The Andalucian locality of Fuengirola is very popular among Finns; also Matti
Oiling used to spend winters there. During the time of his death, he was in the
middle of a four-gig stint at the Cafe Casa Azul with fellow Finnish musicians
Kurre Tulikallio and Tarmo Laakso.
Matti Oiling was best known as the leader of the Oiling Boiling Rhythm 'n Blues
Band. They backed a whole list of vocalists including Blues Mama Brown Sugar
Dixon and Caron Barnes, as well as top Finns Pepe Ahlqvist and Eero Raittinen.
In addition to club concerts, the group often performed in churches.
The highlight of Oiling's recording career was "Hip-Hop-Boogaloo-Blues" (2001),
an album canned with Blues Mama Brown Sugar Dixon. It was the first-ever
Scandinavian rhythm 'n blues album to reach the Gold Disc limit (a minimum of
20,000 units sold).
A young Matti Oiling started his professional career with Onni Gideon, another
Finnish legend, who was - strangely enough - the leader in Hawaiian-influenced
music in Finland. A little later Oiling joined a Beatles-inspired pop group Jormas.
"Let the good times roll" was the name of the game soon after. Oiling recorded a
landmark LP "Happy Jazz Band" with his own ensemble in 1970 -- a career in
rhythm 'n blues had started.
The beloved Oiling Boiling Rhythm 'n Blues Band toured extensively both home
and abroad, earning nicknames like "Finland's R 'n B National Team" and
"University of Rhythm". Mr Oiling himself, in the spirit of the Dukes and the
Counts, was often called "The Emperor".
Gene Krupa and Earl Palmer were among Matti Oiling's biggest influences.
Palmer was also a good personal friend of his.
"There have been drummers before us, and there will be after us. We are just a
link in a long chain of drummers", Matti Oiling used to teach his fellow drummers
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