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Madison Blues Society dedicates bench to Clyde Stubblefield

MADISON (WKOW) — Two years ago, Madison lost a musician who worked with legends like James Brown and whose drumming lives on in funk music.

The Madison Blues Society honored Clyde Stubblefield on Saturday, with a special dedication.

“Back in 2017, we lost Clyde Stubblefield and we’re dedicating this park bench to him. He was really beloved by many people in Madison,” said Kate Hardy and Jack Frazee, who organized the event.

Friends and family brought food and stories to share at Brittingham Park.

“I think he taught every musician in Madison. He brought us all up to a different level, a higher level. He took many bands he played with, a lot of different bands, all the way from country to folk bands. He’d play with anybody,” Paul Filipowicz, who played with Stubblefield for years.

His widow spoke to the group, thanking them for their support.

“Thank you for being here to support Clyde and his legacy,” Jody Hannon said. “He wouldn’t have expected anything less from his beloved Madison, thank you.”

Watch the attached video from photojournalist Jacob Karb to see the tribute.

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