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  • August 27, 2011 9:32 PM EDT

    Clyde Stubblefield

    (born April 18, 1943 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is a drummer best known for his work with James Brown. Stubblefield's recordings with James Brown are considered to be some of the standard-bearers for funk drumming, including the singles "Cold Sweat", "There Was A Time", "I Got The Feelin'", "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud", "Ain't It Funky Now", "Mother Popcorn", and the album Sex Machine. His groove on James Brown's "Funky Drummer" is believed to be the world's most sampled record. Stubblefield was featured in a PBS Independent Lens documentary, Copyright Criminals which aired January 19, 2010. In the mid- nineties Producer/Songwriter Richard Mazda wrote and produced a record, Revenge of The Funky Drummer, which was Clyde's first solo record. 


    Stubblefield currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. He has a weekly gig at The Frequency, continuing over 20 years of playing music in downtown Madison near the capitol. He plays every Monday night with his Madison band, The Clyde Stubblefield Band, featuring his long time friend and keyboard/organ player Steve "Doc" Scaggs, along with soulful vocalists Charlie Brooks, and Karri Daley, as well as a powerful three-piece horn section and supporting band. He also plays funk festivals with Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, or Jabo. In 1995 he played on two tracks ("Queer" and "Not my idea") on the self-titled album by the rock band Garbage, led by fellow Madison resident Butch Vig. In recent years Stubblefield has collaborated frequently with another former James Brown drummer, John "Jabo" Starks. As the Funkmasters, they released an album in 2001 called Find The Groove. and COME GET SUMMA THIS. Starks and Stubblefield also appear on a drumming instructional video.


    Stubblefield can be heard playing jazz on the nationally syndicated public radio show Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? Most recently he and Jab'o completed a CD with Fred Wesley. This should be released in early Spring 2008 by Columbia Entertainment Music, Inc. in Tokyo. Jab'o and Clyde joined Bootsy Collins in Covington, KY/Madison Theater on 22 December 2007 for the first Tribute to James Brown. In November 2008 Toontrack Music announced the release of an expansion to their EZdrummer drum sampler software, titled "Funkmasters", with samples and MIDI recorded by Stubblefield and Starks.


    As of June 2009, Stubblefield is in need of a kidney transplant and undergoes dialysis treatments.[1] Bands throughout Madison are making a strong effort to organize and play fundraiser events, donating the event proceeds to go toward supplementing Stubblefield's dialysis treatment and subsequent medical bills.


    Source: wikipedia