Clyde Stubblefield Memorial Fund
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.
Hello Rob, I'm Jeffery Hannon. I am Jody's brother and Clyde's brother in law. My wife and I have lived next to Clyde and Jody for 21 years and in the same Duplex for 17 years. I was very close with Clyde. He was uncle to my children and a brother to me. Jody is devastated by the passing of this great man. Jody has asked me to help raise money for the funeral expenses and financial devastation this kind of tragic event can and will causes. I can't begin to explain the hole that this tragedy has blown in our life.
Thanks Joey, Were all just blown away. It never entered our mind that this would happen. Clyde has bounced back from everything he ever faced. Cancer couldn't stop him, losing his thumb and half of his finger didn't stop him. He just gripped the stick different. It was inspirational. I didn't think there was anything in the world Clyde couldn't beat.
We would like to thank everybody for you kind donations. The money is already doing what it was meant for. the cremation is paid in full and preparations are being made to have permanent place in a historical Madison cemetery where Clyde can take his place as a famous historical Madison figures. It would not have been possible without all of you. We will be closing the GoFundMe campaign on Sunday evening (03-05-17). Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Peace and Love!