Clyde Stubblefield Memorial Fund

The world has lost a music legend and international icon.  Clyde Stubblefield was the drummer for The James Brown Band from 1965 to 1970.  He played on such classics as Cold sweat, Mother popcorn, and Sex Machine.  Clyde’s pumping beat and ghost note accents were the pulse beat of a generation.

Clyde once told me about the recording of "The Funky Drummer".   After a long show, the James Brown Band was called to a late night recording session.  The band started up a groove.  James Brown walked into the studio and listened to the irresistible funky-ness.  The singer went into the vocal booth and started improvising lyrics.  Clyde’s drum beat was so hot, Brown called out a drum solo.  Thank God the tape was rolling, because Clyde’s name was about to be forever changed.  He was now “The Funky Drummer".  The Funky Drummer drum break was picked up by hip-hop artists and spun into a multitude of hits.  His beats changed the course of music history.   

On his tours of the world, he did a show in Madison, Wisconsin.  He fell in love with the city and decided to move here once he left the road.  Clyde moved to Madison and never left the city he loved. 

Clyde's next great love was Jody Hannon.  Clyde and Jody lived together in Madison for 23 years.  Jody helped Clyde maneuver the medical system and made sure he never wanted for a thing.  Unfortunately he’s received no royalties for his genius and Jody is disabled with several auto immune diseases including Rheumatoid Arthritis.  He’s been in semi-retirement and while he lived comfortably, he had little extra money for savings.  Jody is rocked by his sudden loss and needs help paying the funeral costs and addition familial expenses.  Please help us give Clyde a memorial befitting his genius and influence of musical history and to help Jody begin to patch the hole left by losing a soul mate.

—Jeffery Hannon


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Jody Hannon 
Madison, WI
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