Iconic funk drummer Clyde Stubblefield leaves an international legacy

Iconic funk drummer Clyde Stubblefield leaves an international legacy

Local musicians honored the late Clyde Stubblefield Monday at the High Noon Saloon.

The iconic drummer was a Madison native and is known for his hits with the James Brown Band, as well as his own original tunes.

Musical director and drummer of the Clyde Stubblefield All Stars, Joey B. Banks, said he is “arguably the father of funk.”

“As far as his legacy… he has influenced every drummer on the planet,” Banks said.

The band honored his legacy just the way band members said he would have wanted it – with a party. Performances from the band Stackhouse and the Stubblefield All Stars had the crowd smiling and dancing throughout the night.

“He was one of the most humble, kind human beings on the planet,” Banks said. “We’ve all learned from that and we all want to be like Clyde.”

The Stubblefield All Stars sold merchandise to raise money for Stubblefield’s scholarship fund for youth pursuing music degrees in college. The group will continue performing monthly at the High Noon Saloon for “Funky Mondays” to continue raising scholarship money.

Recently the Madison Area Music Association has partnered with the scholarship to make sure it can reach the $25,000 goal. Rick Tvedt, founder and treasurer of MAMA said Stubblefield’s beats will go on forever.

“He is a mentor, father figure, teacher and a friend to a lot of people in Madison,” Tvedt said. “There are a lot of people here tonight and a lot of people in this city that are going to miss him.”

Banks said it was a “complete honor and privilege” to perform alongside Stubblefield. “To be able to look over and see Clyde drumming and smiling, for me was very gratifying,” Banks said.

“He was a rock star in our minds, but he was very approachable, easygoing and a super loyal friend,” Banks said.