Category Archives: Drum History

Bob Dole slept in the presidential suite before me

excerpt: “history of the Groove” Russell Buddy Helm ©2014 all rights reserved Bob Dole was the last person to sleep in the presidential suite before me at the exclusive high rise hotel in Orlando. It was a little creepy to … Continue reading

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Goddess of the Crossroads

excerpt: “History of the Groove” Russell Buddy Helm ©2014 all rights reserved 2005 I was having a great time. I was touring on my own; didn’t have to babysit a band. I used Chuck Berry’s philosophy. Everybody should know his … Continue reading

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Jerry Lee Lewis’ cousin/wife watched Those Five

1964. Jerry Lee Lewis’ cousin/wife watched Those Five on Stage excerpt:”History of the Groove” Russell Buddy Helm ©2014 all rights reserved Witnessing Jerry Lee Lewis on stage was like facing a solar storm. Explosions of light splashed off of him … Continue reading

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Orgone Drumming; the future of the Groove

Orgone Drumming; the future of the Groove. excerpt: “History of the Groove, Drummer’s Tale” Russell Buddy Helm © 21013 all rights reserved We don’t have words to describe the actual effects that meditation drumming has on the human system, yet. … Continue reading

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Banana’s Parlor Was a Place of Many Splendered Acquaintances

Banana’s Parlor was a place of many splendered acquaintances. by Russell Buddy Helm copyright 2013 All rights reserved. 1972. As I walked out of Frank Zappa’s rehearsal in L.A., I remembered back six months, to what Roy, the original bass … Continue reading

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Silver Fox Had Paper On Everyone

Silver Fox had Paper on Everyone. That’s why the grove stayed the grove. He preferred Banyan trees instead of Banyan Apartments. Retired police chief, friend to all and also head warlock in a coven of good witches that protected Coconut … Continue reading

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When Sly and the Family Stone played Miami, Bethlehem Asylum opened for them.

Sly was the most exciting live band I have ever seen; a mix of pumping psychedelic gospel and hot Rhythm n Blues soul revue, a holy communion of high energy grooves that changed the world. Their whole setup was sparkling, … Continue reading

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The First Time I Met Eric Hord

The First Time I Met Eric Hord Mama Cass huddled on a chaise lounge with my lead singer. They had been like this for three days. Talking art? Poetry, love, life.  Singer/songwriter meets Mama Cass the great patron. It was … Continue reading

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The Last time I saw Eric Hord

The last time I saw Eric Hord, the guitar player for the Mama’s and Papa’s, he was hitch hiking up Laurel Canyon Boulevard just above Sunset Strip. It was a Sunday afternoon and I was returning from my first national … Continue reading

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Paul Tracey, Clive Alcock, South African xylophone duet

73 year old Paul Tracey shows us how to play South African Xylophone. Paul’s father invented the Kalimba, thumb piano. which is a modern version of the mbira.

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