Clyde Stubblefield was born on April 18, 1943, and died on February 18, 2017.
He was an American drummer best known for his work with James Brown.
His 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”, “Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” and the album Sex Machine.
Stubblefield’s rhythm pattern on James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” is among the world’s most sampled musical segments. It has been used for decades by hip-hop groups and rappers such as Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C., N.W.A, Raekwon, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys and Prince, and has also been used in other genres.
On the PBS documentary, Copyright Criminals, which addressed the creative and legal aspects of sampling in the music industry.
Clyde Stubblefield passed away at 73 years old.