Happy Belated to the "World's Most Recorded Drummer!" (82)

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What's your favorite Purdie Performance? Mine's O-o-h Child by the Five Stair Steps.

The first to post an unfunny Fab Four take (and they'll all be unfunny) owes me a sandwich.

From New Jersey 101.5 (which I think is author's exit off the Parkway):

World's Most Recorded Drummer Turns 82

The next time you’re hanging out listening to great music from your favorite artist or group, there’s a good chance that Bernard Purdie is playing the drums on that album.

He has played on over 3,000 albums. Yes I said 3,000 albums. His partial list includes The Stones, Hall and Oates, Steely Dan, Joe Cocker, Aretha Franklin, BB King, Cat Stevens, Bette Midler, Robert Palmer, Richie Havens, Herbie Hancock and about 2800 more artists, bands and soundtracks.

What makes Bernard so good is his adaptation to the music he plays. He can play the entire spectrum of the music universe and he's played it very well.

He has helped world class musicians improve their songs by suggesting and then playing a change. He is a natural talent who is always at the top of his game.

Bernard likes to play and it shows. Whether he's tucked into a small corner at a restaurant or bar, or whether he's center stage in front of thousands of fans.We are blessed to have him still playing gigs around the Jersey Shore. He's an amazing talent with an amazing life.

I met Bernard about 20 years ago on a New Years Eve where he was playing at a restaurant in the West End section of Long Branch. I was with about 10 or 12 people at the table, several of them musicians and we started up a conversation with Bernard before he took the stage.

His easy going, welcoming personality made us all feel that we had known him for years. I felt like I was in my kitchen as his stories flowed with great interest and music history, peppered by laughter.

Well we had kept Bernard at our table for close to an hour and he was a half an hour late thanks to us starting his gig. The owner of the restaurant, while considerate of the monopoly we had with Bernard’s time, still had a restaurant full of customers waiting to hear him play.

I introduced him that night to the awaiting crowd and was mesmerized by the ease and music of his talent. A few years later thanks to my musical director Pat Guadagno, we booked him on my TV show The Big Joe Henry Variety Show.

I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did talking with him. Bernard celebrated his 82nd birthday yesterday. Time and age has been very kind to Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and we are very grateful.

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry.

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"The Royal Scam" the track from the album of the same name
& everything he recorded with Steely Dan

wonder if those were Sonor Phonics every time.
no one has any pictures of him at the time in the studio recording those takes.
Maybe it was Ringo.

Breakfast Muffin from the Sunoco if I owe you anything VB.
(they've gone up in price ya know..
 

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My favorite? It's gotta be this one (ha):


It's just magical to see someone so absolutely in love with what they are paid to do, never mind someone at his supreme level of talent and experience.
 

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I think my favorite Purdie is all The Beatles re-recordings he did.
I assume you are joking - which is understandable considering the stories of the many claims and the thousand jokes that go with them - but the fact is, Purdie did do a bunch of Beatles re-records.... just not for Beatles records, but for this movie...

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Purdie and Jeff Porcaro split the drum duties on this production - with the exception of the EW&F track, which was Miley Maurice While playing (Beyond that, I don't remember who played what - and the albums are in storage, so anyway...) - so I've always believed that this movie, with the music being produced by George Martin - so not just normal covers, accounts for a huge chunk of the confusion/controversies.
 

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I assume you are joking - which is understandable considering the stories of the many claims and the thousand jokes that go with them - but the fact is, Purdie did do a bunch of Beatles re-records.... just not for Beatles records, but for this movie...

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Purdie and Jeff Porcaro split the drum duties on this production - with the exception of the EW&F track, which was Miley Maurice While playing (Beyond that, I don't remember who played what - and the albums are in storage, so anyway...) - so I've always believed that this movie, with the music being produced by George Martin - so not just normal covers, accounts for a huge chunk of the confusion/controversies.
I was joking. My actual fav is King Curtis at The Fillmore. Purdie plays his b**t off.
 


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