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Happy Birthday To Teaneck's Bernard Purdie

Tyron Smith and Bernard Purdie, right, who turns 75 Saturday.
Tyron Smith and Bernard Purdie, right, who turns 75 Saturday. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

TEANECK, N.J. – Happy Birthday to Teaneck’s Bernard Lee “Pretty” Purdie!

Purdie, who has resided in Teaneck, turns 75 today.

The American groove drummer was born June 11, 1941.

Purdie is considered an influential exponent of funk. He is known for his precise musical time keeping and signature use of triplets against a half-time backbeat, known as the "Purdie Shuffle." He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013.

Purdie recorded “Soul Drums” (1968) as a bandleader and solo albums “Purdie Good” (1971), “Soul Is ... Pretty Purdie” (1972) and the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film “Lialeh” (1973).

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