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Sat Feb 18, 2017, 09:03 PM

Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's Funky Drummer, Dies At 73

Source: NPR

Clyde Stubblefield, the funk drummer whose work with James Brown made him one of the most sampled musicians in history, died Saturday morning in Madison, Wisc., his publicist confirmed. Stubblefield was 73; his publicist did not provide a cause of death.

For most of his career, Stubblefield was better known in sound than in name. He joined James Brown's backing band in 1965, one of countless musicians on an ever-rotating roster. As he told NPR in 2015, the ensemble seemed to have more than enough drummers already when he showed up to audition. "I went on stage and there was five drum sets up there," he explained. "And I'm going, 'Wow, what do you need me for?'"

Still, his recordings with Brown managed to rise above the competition: Songs like "Cold Sweat," "Say It Loud I'm Black And I'm Proud" and "Mother Popcorn" are now revered as a gold standard for funk drumming. A generation later, he would have an even bigger impact on hip-hop, as the pattern he'd played on 1970's "Funky Drummer" proved irresistible to producers. The track's distinctive break, a sixteenth beat punctuated by deft, delicate snare hits, has been sampled on hundreds of songs.

Perhaps most notably, Public Enemy's production crew The Bomb Squad made "Funky Drummer" the backbone of 1989's "Fight the Power." That song in turn became the unofficial theme music of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, echoing through the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant and foreshadowing the fiery confrontation in the film's climax.


Read more: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/18/515997890/clyde-stubblefield-james-browns-funky-drummer-dies-at-73

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Reply Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's Funky Drummer, Dies At 73 (Original post)
NWCorona Feb 2017 OP
shenmue Feb 2017 #1
Ellipsis Feb 2017 #2
a kennedy Feb 2017 #3
pansypoo53219 Feb 2017 #4
a kennedy Feb 2017 #7
2naSalit Feb 2017 #11
a kennedy Feb 2017 #13
a_random_joel Feb 2017 #5
RedWedge Feb 2017 #6
elias7 Feb 2017 #8
Dr Hobbitstein Feb 2017 #9
mountain grammy Feb 2017 #10
mazzarro Feb 2017 #12

Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 09:07 PM

1. Rest in peace

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 09:23 PM

2. He was a geniune soft hearted, kind soul.

Crap.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 09:47 PM

3. He was always the traveling drummer with Michael Feldman's "whadaya know"

show when Michael would do a road show.

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 10:09 PM

4. yep. did benefits a few years ago for his health care.

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 11:00 PM

7. Read that prince paid off the balance of his bill.........

local musicians raised 10,000, and Prince paid the 80,000 balance. That is so a w e s o m e. He was so loved.

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 12:59 AM

11. I remember that...

I liked that show.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 10:45 PM

5. Oh no!

One of the most sampled beats of all time. Hell of a drummer. RIP

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 10:58 PM

6. Sound of the funky drummer!

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 11:04 PM

8. Saw him frequently at the King's club in madison in the early 2000's

Great groove, small intimate club, got me through some tough times

rest in peace

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 11:44 PM

9. Well, fuck.

 

RIP to the funkiest drummer there ever was.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 12:10 AM

10. Rest in peace.

I enjoyed listening to that. He was great!

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 12:23 PM

12. Brother - God's speed and RIP

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