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Paul Humphrey

A longtime session drummer who hardly ever emerged being a star in jazz circles, Paul Humphrey and his Great Aid Chemists had a brief stay static in the limelight when his one “Great Aid” managed to get in to the R&B Top 20 in 1971. Humphrey and his group actually came out on American Bandstand, because the music stayed within the graphs 11 weeks and damaged the pop Best 40. Nonetheless it was back again to obscurity when “Funky L.A.” stalled at 45. Humphrey’s set of credits included classes with Wes Montgomery, Les McCann, Kai Winding, Charles Mingus, Lee Konitz, and Gene Ammons, amongst others, within the ’60s.

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