Give The Drummer Some!

Funky Drummer Should Be In the The Rock Hall!

August 22, 2019

Jonathan & KItty with Clyde Stubblefield & Joey B. Banks


The Madison Blues Society just paid tribute to Madison's very own Funky Drummer, Clyde Stubblefield, with installation of a bench at Brittingham Park.

That's fantastic, but it's time that Clyde Stubblefield be recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

A pair of his drumsticks are already there, in a place of honor along with other notable drummers. The time is now to induct the man behind the drum kit!

According to an online petition, supporters of his induction say Clyde’s drum pattern "is considered to be one of the World’s most sampled pieces of music and Clyde's beats and rhythmic grooves are the foundation of James Brown's hit songs. Clyde is rap & hip-hop royalty and his induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame is warrented given his remarkable drumming talent and incredible contributions to the World of Music as The Original Funky Drummer.”

After his work with James Brown, Clyde settled in Madison in 1971, where he was treated as rock and roll royalty, playing regular gigs on Monday nights at O'Cayz Corral, the King Club, and the Frequency.

Clyde Stubblefield passed away from kidney failure in 2017.

Learn more about the effort to induct Clyde Stubblefield, and sign the petition, here.