Saturday, September 6, 2014

Stars & Their Hobbies ~ James Dean

James Dean, Bongo & Conga Drums

"When I can't sleep at night I like to get up and beat the skins. It drives away the blues." - James Dean

Playing the bongo and conga drums was meditative for James Dean. He lived hard and died young but even during his short life he found something that soothed and calmed him. Dean would bring his drums with him on set and play in his dressing room, he would listen to jazz records at home and accompany them with his playing and he would get together with friends and have jam sessions.


Dean even made an album that featured him on conga drums and Bob Romeo on flute. You can listen to the recording here.

Actor Marlon Brando also loved playing bongo and conga drums. It's suggested that Dean took up this hobby, along with riding motorcycles, to emulate his hero Brando.


My series Stars & Their Hobbies explores how notable actors and actresses from Hollywood history spent their free time. Click here to view a complete list of entries.

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