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James Gadson:

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James Gadson (born June 17, 1939) is an American drummer and session musician. Beginning his career in the late 1960s, Gadson has since become one of the most-recorded drummers in the history of R&B music.[1]

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Gadson played with the first line-up of Charles Wright’s Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band[2] and recorded three albums with them between 1968 and 1970. Along with other members of Wright’s band he went on to appear on many hit records including Dyke & the Blazers. [3] Gadson started to become well-known as a drummer following the release of the album Still Bill, by Bill Withers,[4] released by Sussex Records in 1972. He played on the Temptations album 1990,[5] released on the Motown label in 1973. In 1975 he played with Freddie King on Larger than life[6] and went on to record with Martha Reeves, Randy Crawford, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, BB King, Albert King, Rose Royce, Elkie Brooks and many more household names.[7]

He has a brief appearance in the Adam Sandler 2009 movie Funny People as a member of the jam band that Sandler’s character hires to play with him.

In June, 2009, Gadson joined Beck, Wilco, Feist and Jamie Lidell covering Skip Spence’s Oar as part of Beck’s Record Club series, with videos appearing on Beck’s website beginning November, 2009.[8] He has drummed on Beck’s albums Sea Change and The Information, as well as Jamie Lidell’s 2010 album Compass.

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