Clyde Stubblefield, the drummer for James Brown whose solo on “Funky Drummer” became a cornerstone of hip hop sampling, aged 73. Rolling Stone reports that he died of kidney failure.
Stubblefield performed on Brown tracks including “Ain’t It Funky Now”, “I Got the Feelin'” and Brown’s landmark albums Cold Sweat and Sex Machine.
His drum break on the 1970 song, “Funky Drummer“, has been sampled by Public Enemy (“Fight the Power”), N.W.A. (“Fuck tha Police”), LL Cool J (“Mama Said Knock You Out”), Dr. Dre (“Let Me Ride”) and many other artists.
We lost another 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
R.I.P. to the 'funky drummer' – Clyde Stubblefield – from the entire PE family. pic.twitter.com/5eTF8DvM0v
— PUBLIC ENEMY (@PublicEnemyFTP) February 19, 2017
he gave the drummer more than some…. Thank you for the breaks Clyde Stubblefield RIP https://t.co/WpfOdXqbTJ
— Gilles Peterson (@gillespeterson) February 18, 2017
— Living Colour (@LivingColour) February 18, 2017
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