John "Jabo" Starks
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John "Jabo" Starks (born October 26, 1938) is an American funk and blues drummer. He is best known for playing with James Brown. Starks played on many of Brown's biggest hits, either as the sole drummer or in tandem with Clyde Stubblefield, including "The Payback", "Sex Machine", "Super Bad", and "Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing". He has also backed many of the artists produced or managed by Brown, most notably Lyn Collins, The JBs, and Bobby Byrd. Along with his colleague Stubblefield, Starks ranks as one of the most sampled drummers on contemporary hip hop and R&B recordings.
In his long career, Starks has played with a number of major figures of the blues, including Bobby Blue Bland and B.B. King. Starks appeared on some of Bland's most successful records, among them "I Pity the Fool" (1961), "Turn On Your Love Light" and "Stormy Monday Blues". He has continued to work with Stubblefield, with whom he recorded an instructional video and a recent CD as The Funkmasters.
In 2000, Starks appeared on "Fire", an eclectic pop-funk-gospel-psychedelic album project by "Singer at Large" Johnny J. Blair (Starks, Stubblefield and Blair previously worked together on live Funkmasters gigs).
On 22 December 2007 Starks, Stubblefield, and Bootsy performed in Covington, Kentucky for the first tribute concert remembering James Brown.
John Jabo Starks is a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Cottage Hill, at 5051 Ebenezer Dr, Mobile, Alabama.
- The Funkmasters - Jabo's band with Clyde Stubblefield
- Drummerworld: John Jabo Starks - includes sound and video clips.
- John Jabo Starks and Clyde Stubblefield - Meinl Cymbals page
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