Paul Humphrey

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Not to be confused with British musician Paul Humphreys.
This article is about American jazz musician. For the Blue Peter band member, see Paul Humphrey (Canadian musician). For the American football player, see Paul Humphrey (American football).

Paul Nelson Humphrey (born October 12, 1935, Detroit, Michigan, United States) is an American jazz and funk/R+B drummer.

He worked as a session drummer in the 1960s for jazz artists such as Wes Montgomery, Les McCann, Kai Winding, Jimmy Smith, Charles Mingus, Lee Konitz, Blue Mitchell and Gene Ammons.[1]

As a bandleader, he recorded under the name Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists, with keyboardist Clarence MacDonald, guitarist David T. Walker, and bassist Bill Upchurch. In 1971, this ensemble had two hits, "Cool Aid" (US #29, US Black Singles #14)[2][3] and "Funky L.A." (US Black Singles #45).[3] He also recorded an album as head of the Paul Humphrey Sextet in 1981.

Humphrey was one of the drummers on Marvin Gaye's album Let's Get It On.[4]

He also recorded with Steely Dan,[5] Frank Zappa, Jerry Garcia, Jimmy Smith, The Four Tops, Al Kooper, Jackie DeShannon, Natalie Cole, Albert King, Quincy Jones, Dusty Springfield, Jean-Luc Ponty, Michael Franks, Maria Muldaur, Marc Bolan and others.[6]

Humphrey also was the featured drummer for both the Lawrence Welk orchestra and television show from 1976 to 1982. He and his wife Joan are the parents of two children, Pier and Damien, who appeared with their father on the Welk show's annual Christmas episode.


As leader[edit]

  • Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists (Lizard Records, 1969) US #170, US Black Albums #31[7]
  • Detroit b/w Cool Aid (Lizard Records, 1969) 45 rpm, 2:31[8]
  • Supermellow (Blue Thumb, 1973)
  • America, Wake Up (Blue Thumb Records, 1973)
  • Paul Humphrey Sextet (Discovery Records, 1981)

As sideman[edit]

With Monty Alexander

With Mel Brown

With Kenny Burrell

With Jerry Garcia

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

With Stan Kenton

  • Hair (Capitol, 1969)

With Charles Kynard

With Les McCann

With Gerald Wilson


  1. ^ Ron Wynn (1935-10-10). "Paul Humphrey | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  2. ^ Paul Humphrey & the Cool Aid Chemists Billboard Singles,
  3. ^ a b Paul Humphrey Billboard Singles,
  4. ^ "Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  5. ^ "The Drummers of Steely Dan". 1998-08-25. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  6. ^ "paul humphrey". 1935-10-10. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  7. ^ Billboard,
  8. ^ "Paul Humphrey and His Cool Aid Chemists – Detroit". Flea Market Funk. 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 

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