Clyde Stubblefield started his musical career as a child in Chattanooga, TN, "playing on tin can lids, pasteboard boxe—everything." Since then Clyde has played all over the world and recorded with some of the greatest funk, soul, and R&B performers including James Brown, Otis Redding, and Clayton Fillyau.
While recording and performing with James Brown, Clyde joined John "Jab'o" Starks and they became known as the funkiest men alive. Clyde recorded "Funky Drummer". He and Jab'o are the most sampled drum tracks in the world.
Recently, Clyde and Jab'o have appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer and Stick It Magazines. Jab'o's and his instructional video's, Soul of the Funky Drummers, special guest are Fred Wesley, John Scofield, John Medeski and Fred Thomas. The new JB's CD, Bring the Funk on Down, is produced by Fred Wesley. October 1999 he toured with the JB's in Japan. March 2000 begins the recording of the FunkMasters L.L.P.'s new "funky" CD which should be released late spring or early summer of 2000.
Clyde was the WAMI 2000 Hall of Fame Inductee and was honored in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 8 May 2000. Clyde's drum sticks are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Presently, Clyde lives in Madison, Wisconsin and tours with Michael Feldman's Public Radio Show, "Whad'Ya Know Show". He also travels and performs with many Wisconsin music groups.
Reflections on the life and legacy of Clyde Stubblefield, often called the world's most sampled drummer or the original funky drummer," on the occasion of what would have been his 78th birthday. Including interviews and live recordings with him going back to 1972. This episode features conversations with Clyde and Ben Sidran, anecdotes about Clyde's life and work with James Brown, Grant Green Jr., and Otis Redding. Also, a meditation on the way mythology and oral history operate ...
Every musical generation tends to put forth a handful of star players" within any given genre. Whether it be jny: Los Angeles' Wrecking Crew or Motown's Funk Brothers, certain cliques of industry professionals are able to develop a coveted sound in the recording studio that resonates with producers. These lightning in a bottle" artists tend to produce a staggering body of work in a relatively short time. Unfortunately, this haste also tends to result in a few bruised egos when ...