Clyde Stubblefield, The Major Hamberlin, Freddie Crawford at Mary’s Place Dec. 5

Staff Report

Legendary drummer Clyde Stubblefield will make an appearance at Rockford’s Mary’s Place Bar, 602 N. Madison St., at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5. Stubblefield will perform as part of the show “Stubblefield, Hamberlin, and Crawford.”

Stubblefield laid down the beat for James Brown’s biggest ’60s hits. Stubblefield helped drive such seminal Brown funk fests as “Mother Popcorn,” “Cold Sweat,” “Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud),” “I Got The Feelin’” and “Funky Drummer.” Stubblefield’s famous break on the latter has been reappropriated so many times that it’s earned him the unofficial title as “the World’s Most Sampled Drummer.”

Stubblefield grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He began playing drums as a child, beating on tin cans, pasteboard boxes, and whatever else he could get hold of. After leaving Brown around 1970, Stubblefield settled in Detroit briefly, then Madison, Wisconsin. Stubblefield still plays with the reconstituted JB’s, and is the drummer for humorist Michael Feldman’s show, Whad’ya Know?, on public radio. He also freelances with groups based in Wisconsin.

Legendary pianist The Major Hamberlin has been performing in the Rockford area for more than four decades. The Major came up through the Rockford music scene in the 1960s performing with legendary groups The Rhythm Kings and The Daze and Knights. One thing is for sure: The Major’s command and skill on the keys is unmatched, and his style and artistry is absolutely brilliant.

Freddie Crawford has worked with such highly-acclaimed artists as Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Stephen Stills and Taj Mahal. This seven-string bass master will make you move and is well known for giving phenomenal live performances.

For more about the show, contact Mary’s Place Bar at (815) 962-7944.

From the Dec. 3-9, 2014, issue

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