Clyde Stubblefield, a Madison strain legend, former drummer for James Brown and one of a many sampled artists of all time, died Saturday of kidney failure. He was 73.
Born in Chattanooga, Tennesee in 1943, Stubblefield’s pitter-patter was reportedly desirous by a bureau noises he listened in his hometown flourishing up. He was hired by Brown in 1965.
Stubblefield warranted a nickname “The Funky Drummer” personification in Brown’s rope in a 1960s, providing a stroke for “Cold Sweat,” “Sex Machine” and a horde of other iconic despondency songs. A representation from a breakbeat on a strain “Funky Drummer” finished adult apropos one of a bedrock samples for hip-hop music, used large times by everybody from N.W.A. to a Beastie Boys.
Those samples were mostly uncredited, and Stubblefield was delayed to see royalties from his work.
After relocating to Madison in 1971, he became a tie on a internal strain scene, personification his unchanging “Funky Monday” gigs during internal clubs like a High Noon Saloon and mentoring younger generations of musicians.
An escape of adore and grief from fans and peers began Saturday afternoon on amicable media, before word of Stubblefield’s flitting was even strictly announced. “Questlove” Gomez, drummer for The Roots and “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” posted on Instagram: “thank we for all you’ve taught me. The suggestion of a biggest beauty note left palm trap drummer will live on thru all of us.”
Legendary despondency bassist Bootsy Collins wrote on his Facebook page: “We mislaid another Pillar Stone that hold adult a Foundation of Funk. Mr.Clyde Stubblefield has left a frequency. we am mislaid for difference Rythme right now. Dang Clyde! U taught me so most as we stood their watchin’ over u Jabo while keepin’ one eye on a Godfather. We all desired U so much. (SENDOUT YR LOVE TO HIS FAMILY FRIENDS)! Then share yr stories about this Fire breathin’ Drummer, (THE FUNKY DRUMMER)! R.I.P. From all yr Funkateers.”
The tributes from those on a Madison strain theatre were usually as heartfelt. “The funkiest of all time,” tweeted a Majestic Theatre. “ It was truly an respect to watch his talent on a theatre some-more so to have him call Madison his home. RIP Clyde.”
“Rest in energy to a funkiest drummer vital inspiration, Madison institution, worldwide phenom, Clyde Stubblefield. 3,” wrote Emily Mills of a Mad Rollin’ Dolls and a Madison rope Damsel Trash.
Stubblefield had struggled with health problems over a final few years. He suffered from end-stage renal illness and underwent dialysis 3 times per week. He also pronounced in 2014 that he had to relearn how to play a drums after losing his right ride and a tip of one finger in a kitchen accident.
When he had diagnosis for bladder cancer in 2000, incurring over $90,000 in medical bills, Stubblefield schooled how desired he was both during home and around a world. Local musicians lifted $10,000 by a array of fundraising gigs, and nothing other than Prince lonesome a remaining $80,000.