Here's an old interview with Buddy Rich from the Today Show. Not many drummers have attained the skill that seemed to come so easy for Buddy even when he was very young, but he was truly a force of nature on stage. I was lucky enough to see him several times, and a number of my friends played with him, so I heard the stories, and saw the dexterity first-hand. As he intimates from this interview, it still would've been fun to see him today even if he was playing in a wheel chair.
There's a lot to be learned from this interview:
1) A great drummer like Buddy can make you appreciate a genre of music you don't particularly love.
2) Don't worry about the past. That was then, no matter how good or bad it was, and now is now. Embrace it.
3) A player is a player, regardless of the genre. A great player "plays what the music calls for."