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James Brown‘s Original Funky Drummer Clyde Stubblefield (1943 – 2017)

James Brown‘s Original Funky Drummer Clyde Stubblefield (1943 – 2017)

Chart positions

This show was 2nd in the global soul chart and 2nd in the global funk chart.

2017-02-18: Clyde Stubblefield dies at 73. He was best known for James Brown’s 1970 single "Funky Drummer", possibly the most sampled drum beat in music history. As a member of the original J.B.’s Mr. Stubblefield can be considered being one of Funk’s originators. This short mix doesn’t really reflect his huge impact on Funk music, but I had do at least a little something. Peace & Love to his family!

01 Clyde Stubblefield hits it hard with The Godfather (7 min. compilation) by The Soul Preacher
02 The J.B.’s Reunion - There’s A Price To Pay To Live In Paradise*
03 The King All Stars - Hard To Handle**
04 James Brown - The Funky Drummer (full take)***
05 Public Enemy - Fight The Power (Funky drummer sample), (explicit)

* produced by Fred Wesley in 1999
* & ** (vocals & drums by Clyde Stubblefield)
***from the famous "In The Jungle Groove" compilation by Universal

His widow appreciates your help:


Grady Lark

"Ain't It Funky...."....Grady Lark

Rhonda Finlayson

An awesome musician. A Maestro, who brought his magnificent drumming skills to the music lovers. And he brought so much music pleasure to dancers and listeners alike. Clyde Stubblefield's a musician to whom the music world owes so much more than love and respect.

The Soul Preacher

Thank you again, good people! The Clyde Stubblefield Memorial Fund is still active. It's touching to see how many people show their appreciation! THANK YOU !!!


The GodFather of BreakBeat


I did not know he was on so MANY of those late 60's classics that play in perpetual rotation in the craniums of listeners world-wide (including this humble one). Rest in peace, Mr. Stubbelfield.

Sonia Loris

Just Great !!! Enjoy !!!