Great Grooves from the History of R&B:

Daniel Glass:
What'd I Say" - Ray Charles - 1959
Drummer: Milt Turner - bpm 176


One of the best-known faux rhumbas of all time is Ray Charles's 1959 smash "What'd I Say".

This song was a huge crossover hit and heralded the birth of '60s styles like soul and boogaloo.

Notice how drummer Milt Turner plays the rumba pattern on the bell of the ride cymbal, giving the whole groove a lighter and more soulful feel.

More from this book here on Drummerworld:




NEW ORLEANS R&B: "Tipitina" - Professor Longhair



NEW ORLEANS R&B: "I'm Walkin" - Fats Domino



CHICAGO BLUES: The : "No Particular Place to go" - Chuck Berry



TEXAS BLUES: Texas Shuffle: "Cold Shot" - Stevie Ray Vaughn



FAUX RUMBA: "What'd I Say" - Ray Charles



THE DOUBLE SHUFFLE: "Keep A-Knockin" - Little Richard



PLAY-ALONG: "Chillin" - Style: Texas Shuffle



PLAY-ALONG: "Spellbound" - Style: 12/8 Feel




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