This Saturday, February 18, James Brown’s legendary drummer Clyde Stubblefield passed away from kidney failure.
Best known for his work with James Brown, Clyde Stubblefield lost his battle with kidney disease this weekend. Born in Tennessee, Clyde joined the James Brown Band at 18 and revolutionized funk drumming. Stubblefield is known best for his Funky Drummer beat, which has become the most sampled beat of all time. The beat had been used on thousands of songs, like Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”, N.W.A’s “F**k the Police”, and Beastie Boys “Shadrach”. Along with his work with Brown, Stubblefield has his own studio albums. 1997’s Revenge of the Funky Drummer, 2002’s The Original Funky Drummer Break beat Album, and 2003’s The Original. His other collaborations include working with “Jabo” Starks as the Funkmasters and other artists like Randy Sabien, Steve Skaggs, and Cris Plata.
If you remember, a few years back, we wrote an article on Clyde and have been extreme fans and followers most of our drumming Careers. Rich can even recall 4 years back when Clyde and Jabo did a live Q & A with Meinl. Richard was fortunate enough to get the last question in and the answer was a statement to their true spirit to continue their education and growth well throughout their senior years. The Question was ” Do you still find yourself working on new techniques and pursuing your education on drums? “. Clyde answered with a simple, “yes, I will never stop learning and I’m always working on something!”
The world has lost an amazing artist, drummer, and person indeed and Drummers I Like would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Mr.Stubblefield, may he rest in peace. His other collaborations include working with john “Jabo” Starks as the Funkmasters and other artists like Randy Sabien, Steve Skaggs, and Cris Plata. The world has lost an amazing artist, drummer, and person. DrummersILike would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Mr.Stubblefield, may he rest in peace.
Clyde Stubblefield with the Roots & Chuck D-“Fight the Power”: