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For years, Clyde Stubblefield kept the beat for James Brown, and his drum break on the soul singer’s recording of “Funky Drummer” is one of the most sampled in hip-hop and popular music, used by the Beastie Boys, Prince, and Public Enemy, among others. Stubblefield was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but the legendary drummer called Madison home. His generous support of the local music scene made him a beloved figure, and before his death in February at the age of 73, he was selected to receive an honorary degree during spring commencement weekend.

Published in the Summer 2017 issue


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