Clyde Stubblefield

Clyde Stubblefield



Clyde Austin Stubblefield (April 18, 1943 – February 18, 2017) was an American drummer best known for his work with James Brown. A self-taught musician, he was influenced by the sound of natural rhythms around him. His drum patterns on Brown's recordings are considered funk standards. He recorded and toured with Brown for six years and settled in Madison, Wisconsin, where he was a staple of the local music scene. Often uncredited, samples of his drum patterns were heavily used in hip-hop music. He was the recipient of an honorary doctorate in fine arts.



Copyright Criminals
Copyright Criminals is a 2009 documentary film directed and produced by Benjamin Franzen examining the creative and the commercial value of sampling including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and money.
The Original Funky Drummer Breakbeat Album
The Original Funky Drummer Breakbeat Album is an album by musical artist Clyde Stubblefield, released on August 4, 1998.
The Original
The Original is an album by musical artist Clyde Stubblefield, released on January 1, 2003.
Fight the Power
"Fight the Power" is a song by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released as a single in June 1989 on Motown Records.

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Color him funky
  –  July 27, 2017
There’s no doubt that Clyde Stubblefield will live on through his music. Best known for making hits with soul music superstar James Brown during the 1960s, Stubblefield — aka The Funky Drummer — laid down drum beats that have become the building ...
5 artists to check out at AtwoodFest
  –  July 26, 2017
For those who go, here are the five performances you’ll probably want to see: This year’s festival honors Clyde Stubblefield, the James Brown Band drummer who died in February at age 73. The festival’s organizers have renamed a festival stage after ...
How to Make Your Beats Sound More Organic in Ableton Live
  –  July 20, 2017
The cool thing about Groove Pool is that you can extract a groove from any audio whatsoever, be it a choice Clyde Stubblefield break or a Tito Puente jam. Simply right–click on an audio file once it’s in Ableton, and choose Extract Groove(s ...
R&B powerhouse The Jimmys coming to Hayward Friday
  –  July 20, 2017
The Amateur Horn Stars include Pete Ross on saxophone, Darren Sterud on trombone and Mike Boman on trumpet, who together combine 50-plus years of experience touring the world, playing with Clyde Stubblefield, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Davina and the ...
Mike and Mike Podcast Episode 102: Choosing Drumheads, Clyde Stubblefield, Ludwig Acrolites Shootout, and More
  –  July 20, 2017
In this episode, Mike and Mike share their thoughts on how to choose the best drumheads for different situations. The featured artist is legendary James Brown drummer Clyde Stubblefield. Up for review is a pair of Ludwig Acrolite snares (a vintage 5×14 ...

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