RIP Clyde Stubblefield. The lengthy-time James Brown drummer, who became the most sampled percussionist in hip-hop history, has sadly passed away aged 73 due to kidney failure.
His rhythm pattern on the 1970 hit ‘Funky Drummer’ is stated to be the most sampled in hip-hop history with the likes of Run DMC, Raekwon, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, and N.W.A all employing it. It has been utilised in a quantity of other genres also and Prince regarded him a single of his drumming idols. The influence it has had is a staggering achievement.
Whilst he was playing with James Brown from 1965 to 1971, he played on the Godfather of Funk’s most memorable tracks which includes ‘Cold Sweat,’ ‘Ain’t It Funky Now,’ ‘I Got the Feelin’ and Brown’s classic LP Cold Sweat and Sex Machine.
Stubblefield deserved songwriting royalties but never ever got them. “All my life I’ve been questioning about my cash,” Stubblefield stated in a 2011 New York Occasions interview.
Of coming up with ‘Funky Drummer’, he said: “We have been sitting up in the studio, getting ready for a session, and I guess when I got set up I just began playing a pattern. Started playing anything. The bassline came in and the guitar came in and we just had a rhythm going, and if Brown liked it, I just mentioned, ‘Well, I will place some thing with it.'”
“All the drum patterns I played with Brown was my own he in no way told me how to play or what to play,” Stubblefield told SF Weekly in 2012. “I just played my own patterns, and the hip-hoppers and what ever, the men and women that employed the material possibly paid him, perhaps. But we got nothing. I got none of it. It was all my drum solution.”
Stubblefield was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1943 also played for Otis Redding in the early 60s prior to joining James Brown.
Whilst in James Brown’s group he played alongside John “Jabo” Starks and collectively they helped write the definition of funk music.
When Stubblefield left Brown’s band, he and Starks reunited to kind the Funkmasters, resulting in a pair of albums and he released some solo albums including 1997’s Revenge of the Funk Drummer.
Considering he was never ever paid effectively for his contribution to music when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2001 he did not have health insurance coverage to pay for the treatment and, according to Billboard, philanthropic Prince stepped up to save his life and spend the $ 80,000 dollar healthcare bills.
Meanwhile, the legendary Bootsy Collins has paid tribute via Twitter:
We lost an additional Pillar Stone that held up the Foundation of Funk. Mr.Clyde Stubblefield has left our frequency. I… https://t.co/JV2JVfRJkn
— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) February 18, 2017