Thinking of Paul Humphrey


SKF NOTE: Thinking – a few posts ago – about service drummers vs solo drummers, I was reminded by this 1980 Premier ad of a key service drummer: Paul Humphrey.

Growing up believing that a professional drummer had to know how to play everything – all music styles – convincingly, authentically – Paul Humphrey was that kind of a pro drummer. I would study Mr. Humphrey’s drumming on The Lawrence Welk Show tv show and listen to him on different albums. He was one of those drummers who could turn up on any album playing very, very well.

Just this morning I was surprised to learn Paul Humphrey is the drummer on Joe Cocker‘s Feelin’ Alright. How did I miss that?

Anyway, thank you, Paul Humphrey for being a role model for me and thousands of other drummers.

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