Re: Drummers of Motown
Me too Grunt, I love the music of Motown very dearly, it's the soundtrack of my youth. Those guys....I feel so bad that those guys so didn't get what they deserved, it makes me sick. I tried playing along to those tunes, you know, jamming to the stereo...the time expands and contracts, I never noticed while listening. I'm not saying that in a bad way, quite the opposite. Those songs have real human time feel and have everything a song recorded to a click, lack.
Precious little is written about the original and arguably the best Motown drummer, Benny Benjamin. I think he died of a heroin overdose. I think. I know he played with a lot of the greats of the day, I learned that from the DVD. Not much else, except he liked to drink corn liquor too.
Make sure you watch the bonus footage. There's some great stuff in there that you don't get from the movie. I particularly liked how they would imitate Jamerson when he talked. From what I can gather, he talked..not funny, but distinctive. His one nickname was Igor, and I think it may have something to do with the way he spoke. This is all conjecture on my part.
I know a guy who knows Allen Slutsky, the author of the book the movie grew out of. He told me Allen got shot down for funding for the project, and on the plane ride home, he was lamenting the whole story to some stranger in the seat next to him, long story short, the stranger made the movie happen. Pretty cool. Great documentary. All those guys are among my musical heros. Jamerson and Benjamin to me are the most intriguing as people.