Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Saturday. He was 73.
His wife, Jody Hannon, told the Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure about noon at a Madison, Wis., hospital . He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years and had been hospitalized for a few days, she said.
Stubblefield performed on several of Brown's classics in the 1960s and early 1970s, including “Cold Sweat,” “Say It Loud — I'm Black and I'm Proud,” “I've Got the Feelin',” and the album “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine.”
But he was best known for a short solo on Brown's 1970 single, “Funky...