James Brown Drummer John ‘Jabo’ Starks: 5 Classic Tracks

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Speaking to NPR in 2015, the late John “Jabo” Starks defined the origin of James Brown‘s well-known dual-drummer lineup, which produced a number of the Godfather’s funkiest tracks from the mid-Sixties by the early Seventies. “The saying was, when Clayton Fillyau was the drummer with James, he had only one drummer, one guitar participant, one bass participant,” Starks said. “They was about to not play; they had been rebelling in opposition to James for one thing … so he needed to agree with them. And they stated he made a press release after then: ‘I’ll by no means be caught with out two of the whole lot.’ So I suppose that’s the place it began. But when Clyde [Stubblefield] and I joined the group, we jelled collectively. And then he began letting the opposite drummers go.”

The two left standing, each self-taught Southerners, would alternate behind the equipment. While Stubblefield would develop into legendary for his “Funky Drummer” break, Starks – who had gotten his begin with bluesmen like B.B. King and Bobby Bland – powered a number of of the tracks that outlined Brown’s breathtaking early-Seventies run, together with “Super Bad” and “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” along with his lean, driving beats. Here are 5 of his best grooves.

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