Meinl Cymbal artist Clyde Stubblefield - the legendary "Funky Drummer" - of James Brown fame, needs your help.
This just in from Kathie Williams, manager of Clyde Stubblefield and his partner in drumming crime, and another JB alum - John 'Jabo' Starks...
"Hope this finds you all well & enjoying the last days of summertime!
Just want to let you know about GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME! - a donation campaign developed by The Coalition for Clyde Stubblefield.
The coalition is an artist & industry alliance founded by drummers Stanton Moore, Johnny Rabb & David Stanoch to support Clyde and help him find some relief from the stress of intensive kidney dialysis treatments he receives weekly since his kidneys failed last year.
One year ago, in July of 2009, drumming legend Clyde Stubblefield suffered kidney failure after being diagnosed with kidney disease in 2005.
To help Clyde and his family find some relief as he braves this journey we, The Coalition for Clyde Stubblefield, have organized an effort to provide his many friends and fans worldwide a safe and secure way to chip in and donate to the worthy cause of recognizing a man who has influenced thousands of drummers and brought joy to millions of everyday people through his innovative, natural rhythm.
A native of Chattanooga, TN, Clyde's natural sense of rhythm has always preceded him, "Beating on tin cans...boxes, and whatever else I could get hold of as a child," he says. It was Clyde James Brown was referring to when he uttered the now-classic phrase, "Give the drummer some," on his 1967 hit ,"Cold Sweat" - Clyde's debut recording with Brown!
Clyde recorded several classic James Brown songs including "Say it Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)," "Mother Popcorn," "I've Got the Feelin'," and his signature track, "Funky Drummer." Clyde's breakdown beat on this classic is one of the most sampled drum loops of all time, used by the Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode, Dr. Dre, George Michael, Ice T, Nine Inch Nails, Parliament/Funkadelic, Prince, Public Enemy, and Sinead O'Connor, to name only a few, and earning him the distinction of being the "World's Most Sampled Drummer." Ironically, Clyde has never been paid any type of royalty for this use of his innovative beat.
Clyde has remained in demand, performing and recording with such diverse artists as Otis Redding, Garbage, Public Enemy and John Scofield, as well as fellow JB alumni, Fred Wesley, Fred Thomas, and Jabo Starks, in The FunkMasters. Clyde has also played in the house-band of NPR's popular "Whad'Ya Know Show" since the 1980s and his drumsticks are on display in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.
Today while Clyde, a long-time resident of Madison, WI, is still performing and sharing his deep soulfulness with fans everywhere, he is also dealing with the stress that regular kidney dialysis treatments demand to keep him active and working.
And so we invite and encourage you to "Give The Drummer Some," won't you? Let Clyde feel some of YOUR soulfulness as we come together to help out a brother, a teacher, our friend. No contribution is too small and every penny makes a difference.
Please join us and thank you.
Check out the website we've created that just went online August 12th:"