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Bernard “Pretty” Purdie

Biography

An all-time great spirit, R&B, funk, and pop drummer, Bernard Purdie’s impeccable period and mastery of backbeats and grooves are celebrated. He shifted to NY from Maryland in 1960, and documented with James Dark brown, King Curtis, and many more. He was CTI’s home drummer in the past due ’60s and early ’70s, and caused Grover Washington, Jr. and George Benson among many others. Purdie toured with Curtis and Aretha Franklin in 1970, and was Franklin’s music movie director until 1975. During his studio room days in the first ’70s, Purdie documented with Louis Armstrong and Gato Barbieri alongside numerous rock and roll, pop, and spirit sessions. He documented with Dizzy Gillespie in 1980 on the Montreux Jazz Celebration and toured with him in 1983. Purdie documented with Hank Crawford through the early ’80s, and it has continued working gradually in to the ’90s. He produced a firestorm of response in 1993 when he billed it had been his uncredited drumming instead of Ringo Starr’s on some Beatles paths. Purdie claimed evidence was forthcoming, but non-e was shown. He produced a rare time as a head for Traveling Dutchman in 1972, Pretty Purdie, which has lengthy since vanished. But Purdie could be noticed on countless discs by Dark brown, Franklin, Curtis, Gillespie, and Crawford among numerous others.

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Full Name Bernard Purdie
Profession Drummer, Musician
Nationality American
Music Groups Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers, Hummingbird, The 3B's
Music Songs Hap'nin', Song for Aretha, Soul Drums, Lialeh, Theme From 'Shaft', Heavy Soul Slinger, Purdie Good, Groovin', Funky Donkey, Black Purd's Theme, Touch Me Again, Tighten Up, All Pink on the Inside, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Cold Sweat, Everybody's Talkin', Way Back Home, Memphis Soul Stew, You Turn Me On, Cissy Strut, Mr. Magic, Day Dreaming, Bill's Groove, Whats Going On, Soul Bossa Nova, Good Livin', Summer Melody, What's Goin' On / Ain't No Sunshine, Soul Clappin', Butterfingers, Put It Where You Want It, Hot Popcorn
Albums The Godfathers of Groove, Shaft, Soul Is... Pretty Purdie, Purdie Good!, Soul Drums, 3, Lialeh: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Smokin' Aces 2006 "Touch Me Again" / performer: "Touch Me Again"
Lialeh 1974 music: "Lialeh", "Touch Me Again", "Easy", "All Pink On The Inside" / performer: "Lialeh", "Touch Me Again", "Conscious", "Easy", "All Pink On The Inside", "Pass Me Not", "Hap'nin'" / performer: "Sweet, Sweet Lialeh" - as Bernard Purdie / producer: "Lialeh", "Touch Me Again", "Conscious", "Easy", "All Pink On The Inside", "Pass Me Not", "Hap'nin'" / writer: "Conscious", "Pass Me Not", "Hap'nin'"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Priceless 2008 musician: drums
Lialeh 1974 conductor - as Bernard Purdie / music performer - as Bernard Purdie

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Magnificent Cooly-T 2009 Old Man
Priceless 2008 Uncle Bill

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Priceless 2008
Lialeh 1974 as Bernard Purdie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shapes of Rhythm: The Music of Galt MacDermot Documentary post-production Himself - Interviewee: Musician
Sidemen: Long Road to Glory 2016 Documentary Himself
B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2012 Documentary Himself
Sample: Not for Sale 2012 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
Music 2010 Documentary Himself
Larry Coryell: A Retrospective (A Sequel to His Story) 2007 Video Himself
Classic Albums: Steely Dan - Aja 1999 Video documentary Himself
Lialeh 1974 Himself - Drummer (uncredited)
In Concert 1973 TV Series Himself

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