Drummer Howard Grimes: Memphis Soul Beat

Justin Fox Burks

Photo: Justin Fox Burks

You may never heard of Howard Grimes. But if you love soul music you certainly have heard his beat.

Howard Grimes played drums on countless soul tunes that were recorded in Memphis TN. Early in his career he played for the record label Stax, later you could hear him playing behind many Hi Records artists. “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by Ann Peebles is probably his most famous credit. He also played for  Al Green, Carla Thomas, William Bell, Wendy Rene, Prince Conley and many more.

There’s a good article by Preston Lauterbach about Memphis musicians who played on the Stax records. Back in the Hi Life by Bob Mehr concentrates on the musicians behind Hi Records.

Playing The Drums For The British Stars Of The Sixties

British Studio Drummer Bobby Graham

British Studio Drummer Bobby Graham

No, British studio drummer Bobby Graham didn’t join the Beatles. When The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein asked him in 1962, if he was in interested in joining the band, Bobby Graham answered: “Why would I want to join a band in Liverpool that nobody has ever heard of?”. Had he joined The Beatles the British music scene would have lost one of its most versatile drummers.

Like many studio musicians, Bobby Graham is a jazz drummer at heart. But he lent his drumming skills to every kind of music. He played the drums for many great British acts of the nineteen-sixties. It’s him on You Really Got Me by The Kinks, for example. You can also hear him on records by Them, Pretty Things, The Walker Brothers, Lulu, and Dusty Springfield. If you’d like to know more about the records he played on, than check Bobby Graham’s discography.

On many recording dates Bobby Graham played together with guitarist Jimmy Page who later would join Led Zeppelin. Like in the music studios in the USA, also British producers relied on experienced and skilled musicians who could record fast and in any style. Studio time was too expensive to take any risks. Back then still most of the music was recorded live and you had maybe four tracks on an analogue tape machine. If somebody messed up it meant doing it all over again.There’s was now software that could edit mistakes easily.

Visit Bobby Graham’s website to get more insight into the hard working life of a British studio drummer.

Earl Palmer Memorial Website Online

The family of legendary drummer Earl Palmer launched the website earlpalmermemorial.

You can share your memories and photos of Earl Palmer and there’s a discography compiled by electric bassist/guitarist Carol Kaye, who played on many records with Earl Palmer.

Earl Palmer died last week at his home in Banning, California. He was 83. From 1947 until the nineteen-eighties, Earl Palmer’s drumming was an essential part of  many important popular recordings and film soundtracks.

Freddie Brocksieper – Die Trommel und ihr Rhythmus

Freddie Brocksieper - Die Trommel und ihr Rhythmus

Leicht desinteressiert überfliege ich neulich bei Ex-Libris die Kiste mit den Billig-CDs. Da springt mich der Name «Freddie Brocksieper» an. Ich muss schmunzeln und nehme die CD in die Hand. Sie trägt den Titel «Die Trommel und ihr Rhythmus», auf dem Umschlag ein schwarzweisses Foto eines Schlagzeugers, vermutlich aus den vierziger Jahren. Die CD stammt aus der Reihe «Jazz Club».

Ich stutze. Jazz, vierziger Jahre und ein deutscher Titel gehen eigentlich nicht zusammen. Jazz war unter den Nazis verboten. Seit 1935 durfte Jazz im «Reichsrundfunk» nicht mehr gespielt werden. Sind das etwa deutsche Jazz-Aufnahmen aus der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus? Ein Blick ins CD-Heftchen bestätigt die Vermutung. Die Titel wurden alle 1942 und 1943 Berlin von der Schallplattenfirma Brunswick aufgenommen. Freddie Brocksieper war ein Schlagzeuger und Bandleader. Weitere Informationen sind leider nicht vorhanden. Natürlich kaufe ich diese seltsame CD.
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