Drummer Clyde Stubblefield Suffers Kidney Failure; Needs a Kidney Transplant

Clyde Stubblefield with John Jabo Starks, former funky drummers with James Brown (Courtesy: Tim Brooks)

Clyde Stubblefield with John "Jabo" Starks, former funky drummers with James Brown (Courtesy: Tim Brooks)

Drummer Clyde Stubblefield, the most sampled funk drummer ever, has suffered kidney failure and was admitted to University of Wisconsin, Madison Medical Center on June 17.

The 66-year-old Stubblefield will be on permanent dialysis until his doctors are able to find a suitable kidney donor.

Says Wikipedia:

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.

He may be the most widely sampled musician in the world – his groove on James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” is believed to be the world’s most sampled record. 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.

(This demonstration/concert was filmed in Canada last year.)

Stubblefield has played at and was scheduled to play with his self-named band this summer at festivals with the likes of funksters Maceo Parker, John “Jabo” Starks, and Bootsy Collins. Until his illness, Stubblefield played weekly at downtown Madison’s The Frequency club, and at a Madison summer concert series.

~ by blksista on June 19, 2009.

2 Responses to “Drummer Clyde Stubblefield Suffers Kidney Failure; Needs a Kidney Transplant”

  1. Clyde hasn’t stopped playing his weekly gig. He’s just getting dialysis treatment 3x week. Every Monday is Funky Monday with Clyde at The Frequency!!


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