Hamilton Bohannon, 78, Died, Direct Drummer for Stevie Wonder and Other Motown Stories, So Famous that He was Taken in the “Genius of Love” | Instant News

House Music Hamilton Bohannon, 78, Dies, Direct Drummer for Stevie Wonder and Other Motown …

Hamilton Bohannon had become a legend on drums in 1981 so Tom Tom Club – the results of Talking Heads – enshrined it in their current classic record, “Genius of Love.” See below, at 2:22 in the video. Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon.

Bohannon died today in Georgia at the age of 78. Starting in 1975 he was the drummer for the Stevie Wonder tour, and became famous for his Motown band who played with all their actions on the road through the mid-80s. He is also a recording artist himself, with hits on city radio. Foot Stompin music and Let’s Start the Dance are the two big ones.

Even if you hate disco in the mid-70s (as I do), you cannot deny or run away from Bohannon, whose music I say is more fun than disco. There is no club where you walk without listening to it. I have no doubt he has been sampled many times by rappers. Many of the beats you have heard today or in the past 20 years have come from Bohannon. Website WhoSampled counting at least 126 examples of Bohannon’s music “interpolated” into contemporary recordings.

Also, I like the album cover. DIE.


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