Bernard Lee "Pretty" Purdie (born June 11, 1939) is an American drummer, and an influential R&B, soul and funk musician. He is known for his precise musical time keeping and his signature use of triplets against a half-time backbeat: the "Purdie Shuffle." He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013.
Purdie recorded Soul Drums (1968) as a band leader and although he went on to record Alexander's Ragtime Band, the album remained unreleased until Soul Drums was reissued on CD in 2009 with the Alexander's Ragtime Band sessions. Other solo albums include Purdie Good (1971), Soul Is ... Pretty Purdie (1972) and the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Lialeh (1973).
In the mid-1990s he was a member of The 3B's, with Bross Townsend and Bob Cunningham.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 11th, 1939 (Elkton)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1965 - 1966
Roles Represented in DAHR: drums
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||115958||5/6/1965||Tuff pickin'||Sonny Forriest Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||115959||5/6/1965||My soul is happy||Sonny Forriest Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||115960||5/6/1965||Goodbye Charlie||Sonny Forriest Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||115961||5/10/1965||Unchain my heart||Sonny Forriest Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||115962||5/10/1965||Bitter with the sweet||Sonny Forriest Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||115963||5/10/1965||Steppin'||Sonny Forriest Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||115964||5/10/1965||What is this thing called love||Sonny Forriest Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||116800||12/3/1965||Do you say you wanna dance||Jackie Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||116801||12/3/1965||Soul galore||Jackie Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||116802||12/3/1965||Let me build||Jackie Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||116803||12/3/1965||I've got to get back (Country boy)||Jackie Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||116804||12/3/1965||All my lovin'||Jackie Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||116899||1/11/1966||I got my mind made up||Jackie Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||116900||1/11/1966||3 days, 1 hour, 30 minutes||Jackie Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||116901||1/11/1966||What's done in the dark (Will one day come to light)-1||Jackie Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||116902||1/11/1966||Your loss, my gain-1||Jackie Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||116903||1/11/1966||Everything's gonna be fine||Jackie Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||116904||1/11/1966||Brand new thing, part 1||Jackie Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||116905||1/11/1966||Brand new thing, part 2||Jackie Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||118364||12/29/1966||I put a spell on you||Screamin' Jay Hawkins||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||118365||12/29/1966||Two can play this game||Screamin' Jay Hawkins||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||118366||12/29/1966||Shattered||Screamin' Jay Hawkins||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||118367||12/29/1966||You're an exception to the rule||Screamin' Jay Hawkins||instrumentalist, drums|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Purdie, Bernard," accessed March 6, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338617.
Purdie, Bernard. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 6, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338617.
"Purdie, Bernard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 6 March 2021.
DAHR Persistent Identifier
Send the Editors a message about this record.