The family of Clyde Stubblefield’s wife, Jody Hannon, are appealing to the community to help alleviate the costs of the beloved musician’s funeral through the fundraising site Gofundme.com.
“The world has lost a music legend and international icon,” writes Jeffrey Hannon in the Gofundme post.
Stubblefield, whose drumsticks are enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even though he isn’t, died Saturday as a result of kidney failure. The drummer of the James Brown Band created one of the most-sampled beats in history on a 1971 track called “The Funky Drummer.” The drum break has been sampled in more than 1,300 hip-hop tracks including Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” Run DMC’s “Run’s House” and LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out.” But because Stubblefield was not given a songwriting credit on “The Funky Drummer,” he never saw much in the way of royalties.
“Jody is disabled with several auto immune diseases including Rheumatoid Arthritis,” Hannon writes on the Gofundme post. “(Clyde has) 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 funeral befitting his genius and influence of musical history and to help Jody begin to patch the hole left by losing a soul mate.”
The fundraiser seeks $25,000 and had raised $2,100 as of 11 a.m. Monday.