The World’s Most Recorded Drummer – Bernard “Pretty” Purdie

BERNARD PURDIE was born June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland as the eleventh of fifteen children. Purdie began already as a six-year-old to bang out rhythms on improvised equipment. At 14 years of age he purchased his first real drum set and became the most important provider for the family – earning his pay with country and carnival bands. This “schooling” enabled Purdie to “feel my way into nearly every kind of music, ’cause I had to know all styles and was never afraid to try something new. Continue reading “The World’s Most Recorded Drummer – Bernard “Pretty” Purdie”

The Huge Band (And hopefully 1000 drummers too!)

This historic musical event will feature a 40 piece band along with a goal of 1000 drummers performing at the same time on a 140 ft stage!. The two featured songs will be; The final medley from The Beatles iconic album ‘Abbey Road’ (Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End), and our second song, Rock Steady, led by the man who recorded this classic Aretha Franklin song, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and his amazing rhythm section.   Also witness the entire park full of drummers perform the legendary and iconic groove, “The Purdie Shuffle”.   Come to Let There Be Drums and be a part of a documentary film about the incredible life of Bernard Purdie because he is putting footage from our event in his film!