Wikipedia : This day (June 11, 1939), in Elkton, Maryland, is born Bernard Lee Purdie a.k.a Pretty Purdie, an American session drummer.
Bernard Purdie : Which musician did Aretha Franklin definitely NOT want missing from the line-up when she recorded her most inspired albums at the beginning of the seventies Who provided the back-beat for Steely Dan’s Aja, and for whom have Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, B.B. King, Sweet Lou Donaldson, Joe Cocker and Hank Crawford reserved that stool behind the drum kit?
@facebook : Purdie is considered an influential and innovative exponent of funk and is also noted for a “rolling” shuffle beat he calls “the Purdie shuffle”. Two examples of “the Purdie shuffle” can be heard on Steely Dan’s “Home at Last” and “Babylon Sisters”.
@last.fm : In 1960 and Bernard Purdie started playing with Lonnie Youngblood before going on to work with King Curtis, and in 1970, Aretha Franklin, eventually becoming her musical director for five years.
Video : w/ Chuck Rainey, David T Walker, Lou Donaldson – Tighten Up (1993) . w/ Under Kontrol – Live in France (2011) . Live in Switzerland (2011) . Steely Dan & Bernard Purdie – Documentary . Funky Groovy Jam Session . w/ David T Walker – What’s Going On (1993) . w/ Dizzy Gillespie – Live in Japan (1982) .Aretha Franklin – Live 1971 Paris (1/2) .