[H/T Okayplayer] Today, The New York Times reported that Jabo Starks, the drummer behind some of James Brown’s biggest hits, has passed away at the age of 79. Starks was battling with leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes and had been in hospice care for about a week before he died in his Mobile, Alabama home on Tuesday.A member of James Brown’s backing band, The JBs, Starks was one half of The JBs infamous drumming duo during the Godfather of Soul’s peak years in the 1960s and ’70s—the other drummer being Clyde Stubblefield, who passed away last year. Starks and Stubblefield are two of the most sampled drummers of all time, and Starks lent his pioneering drumming abilities to iconic tracks such as “Super Bad”, “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine”, “The Payback”, “Cold Sweat”, and “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud”. Starks also collaborated with iconic blues musicians before his tenure with James Brown, including the likes of John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, and Howlin’ Wolf.In a tribute on Instagram, Questlove explained Starks’ influence,It was Clyde that was James’ prettiest rhythm master. But Starks was his most effective drummer. It was the ‘Think (About It)’ break that birthed New Jack Swing culture, B’more/Jersey house and ‘90s R&B. It was ‘Hot Pants (I’m Comin’)’ and ‘I Know You Got Soul’ that really cultivated the classic East Coast renaissance of 1987 – 1992. His eight on the floor style was so unique in his funk. A serious funk god.Rest in peace, Jabo. Thank you for everything you’ve done for funk music and beyond, and our thoughts are with Starks’ friends and family at this time. read more
Brookville, In. — Our news gathering partners at the Franklin County Observer say local student, Walker Wilson won 1st place in a welding skills competition.For the honor in the Skills USA Indiana State Leadership and Skills Conference Wilson earns a Gold Medal and scholarships from Ivy Tech Community College, Ohio Technical College, Lincoln Tech and the Tulsa Welding School.Twenty-two other students battled for the top spot in the challenge.
Tony Olson’s career third Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory at Benton County Speedway’s Iowa Donor Network Urbana 5 Night paid $1,300. (Photo by Kyle Ealy)VINTON, Iowa (June 10) – Richie Gustin and Tony Olson took home the top checks from Benton County Speedway’s Iowa Donor Network Urbana 5 Memorial Sunday night.Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Gustin started third in the IMCA Modified 20-lapper and took the lead from Brennen Chipp with just a few circuits scored.Gustin pulled away before the seventh starting Troy Cordes found the fastest line and began making up ground. Cordes closed on Gustin and nearly drew even until a late caution. Gustin then pulled away for the $1,000 victory while Dripps worked past Cordes for second.Also the winner of 2015 and 2016 IDN/Urbana 5 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features, Olson started third row and raced the low side to the front early on.He’d withstand pressure from Joe Docekal, winner of Friday’s SportMod Challenge at Davenport Speedway, following two early yellows and again on a green, white, checkered finish. That win was good for $1.300.Ryan Dolan took advantage of his pole position start to earn his second IMCA Late Model win this season at Vinton while Damon Murty worked past John Oliver Jr. on a lap five restart and went on to win his third local IMCA Stock Car feature of the year.Leah Wroten passed Bradly Graham in lapped traffic on the final set of turns to top the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature.The fourth annual event was held in memory of five area youth killed in a 2015 traffic accident near Urbana and was contested by more than 130 cars.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Richie Gustin; 2. Corey Dripps; 3. Troy Cordes; 4. Joel Rust; 5. Brennen Chipp; 6. Tyler Madigan; 7. Jeff Aikey; 8. Matt Short; 9. Ronn Lauritzen; 10. Zach Less; 11. Scott Hogan; 12. Chris Snyder; 13. Kurt Hogan; 14. Patrick Flannagan; 15. Jerry Dedrick; 16. Dennis Betzer; 17. Griffin McGrath; 18. Todd Jensen; 19. Joe Bonney; 20. Kyle Brown; 21. Dustin Morden; 22. Jesse Belez; 23. Tommy Belmer; 24. Jeff Sampson; 25. Jim Aschenbrenner.Late Models – 1. Ryan Dolan; 2. Todd Cooney; 3. Darren Ackerman; 4. Terry Neal; 5. Luke Pestka; 6. Kelly Pestka; 7. Bryce Carey; 8. Bobby Hansen; 9. Scott Welsh; 10. Shawn Cooney; 11. Curt Schroeder; 12. Joe Zrostlik.Stock Cars – 1. Damon Murty; 2. John Oliver Jr.; 3. Dustin Vis; 4. Norman Chesmore; 5. Dan Trimble; 6. Russell Damme Jr.; 7. Shane Ebaugh; 8. Lonnie Mercer; 9. Tyler Carey; 10. Jerry Schipper; 11. Jeremy Clement; 12. Kevin Rose; 13. Bob Ahrendsen; 14. Scooter Dulin; 15. Ian Huff; 16. Reece Norton.Northern SportMods – 1. Tony Olson; 2. Joe Docekal; 3. Kyle Olson; 4. Gage Neal; 5. Jacob Ellithorpe; 6. Ben Chapman; 7. Tyler Soppe; 8. Ryan King; 9. Jake McBirnie; 10. Jared VanDeest; 11. Danny Dvorak; 12. Mike McDonald; 13. Brandon Tharp; 14. Brady Hilmer; 15. Jamie Huff; 16. Michael Carter; 17. Chuck Lewis; 18. Dakoda Sellers; 19. Ethan Braaksma; 20. Sam Wieben; 21. Will Forester; 22. Vern Jackson; 23. Jarrett Franzen; 24. Brian Sondag; 25. Steve Wimer.Hobby Stocks – 1. Leah Wroten; 2. Bradly Graham; 3. Matt Brown; 4. Justin Wacha; 5. Brett Vanous; 6. Jim Ball; 7. Mike Kimm; 8. Daniel Wauters; 9. Jacob Floyd; 10. August Bach; 11. Kyle Parizek; 12. Breydon Forbes; 13. Jeremiah Andrews; 14. Trenton Neuhaus; 15. Tanner Bodecker; 16. Brandon Schneider. read more
Ashley Young does not believe it takes Manchester United newcomers long to adopt the winning mentality that has carried the club to so many honours down the years. “When you come to a place like Manchester United, you want success,” said Young. “You look at the trophy cabinet and the history. You want a piece of that. Everybody is a winner here. You see that in training. No-one wants to lose. “If you have that in training you take it onto the pitch. We want to retain the title that we won last season.” Press Association Sport understands Leighton Baines has told Everton of his wish to join United, although with Everton presently unmoved about the prospect of selling the 28-year-old, it remains to be seen whether he gets his wish. Baines’ former manager Moyes is on a steep learning curve, as evidenced by the demand for victory on a ground where he did not win once in 12 attempts during his time at Everton. The Scot’s presence is sure to attract plenty of attention from the home fans, already buoyed by successive victories over Stoke and Aston Villa. Not that Young sees how the atmosphere could be more intense than normal. “I don’t think there has ever been a time when Manchester United have gone there and Liverpool haven’t been up for it,” said the 28-year-old Press Association Young got his hands on a first Premier League winners’ medal last term, two years after his £17million move from Aston Villa. Now new manager David Moyes is starting down the same path, which takes him back to Merseyside on Sunday for a meeting with old rivals Liverpool. “You know what the rivalry is like between the two clubs. It will be a fiery atmosphere. But you want to play in the fiery games. It is what you dreamt about as a boy. “We know what to expect. We will keep a cool head, let the fans have their rivalry and try to do our jobs in the right way.” The fixture will provide some welcome relief from the transfer talk that has surrounded Old Trafford for most of the summer. Discussion over Wayne Rooney has finally started to ease and Samuel Eto’o’s arrival at Chelsea now looks certain to result in the England forward remaining where he is. For Baines and Marouane Fellaini though, the uncertainty goes on. Moyes has never made any secret of his desire to be reunited with the pair, whom he knows so well from his own Everton days. There has been a feeling Fellaini’s services could be secured more easily than those of Baines, although United have indicated there would be no wish to split the bid, giving credence to rumours that another had been lodged this week. read more
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