Famous Musician Dies at Age 79; Fans Are Heartbroken

May 02, 2018

Sad news has come across the newsroom this morning. A famous drummer for James Brown has passed away.


John "Jabo" Starks was the man who gave the blues singer James Brown his beat and several big hit songs, according to "The Rolling Stones."




Starks passed away on Tuesday in Mobile, Alabama. He was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes and had leukemia; he was just entering hospice care a week ago, according to his manager, Kathie Williams.

Starks was born in Jackson, Alabama in 1938. He was a self-taught drummer — he used a makeshift kit containing a bass and a snare drum which was tied to a chair and the cymbals were positioned on the dinner table.


In the 1960s and 1970s, Starks hooked up with James Brown and played alongside Clyde Stubblefield spitting out notable percussions together. Even though Starks and Stubblefield had different styles, together they rocked the music world with their funk and, later hip-hop, jams.

Starks and Stubblefield joined Brown's live band and enjoyed playing some classics, such as, "I Got the Feelin'," The Payback," "Super Bad," and "Get Up."


In 2015, Starks told "Mobile Bay" that God has given him the gift of drumming. His talent for music was such a blessing to us all.



“If I can sit down behind the drums and get you to tap your feet or shake your butt, I got you," Starks said.


In the mid-1970s, Starks parted ways with Brown and connected up with B.B. King. Later, he joined back up with Stubblefield known as the band called "Funkmasters." The duo recorded music as well as did instructional videos. They even helped with the music for the comedy movie, "Superbad."

Will you join us in praying for Starks family and friends?


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